Help for Florida Hurricane Irma Victims


Hurricane Irma has caused extensive damage throughout Florida. This has disrupted lives and caused severe damage leaving many people in a position of having to completely replace or repair their homes. However, what many may not know is that there is FREE HELP available via a program called Crisis Cleanup. Crisis Cleanup consists of volunteers who are willing to work one-on-one with hurricane and other disaster victims at no charge.

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How to Use a Pressure Washer Properly

A pressure washer has a pump that takes water from a garden hose and boosts the pressure up to 1,000 PSI or more. The pressurized water coming out of the spray wand then dislodges the dirt and grime and that collected on house sidings, driveways, vehicles and gutters.

Power washers come in two types: electric and gas. Electric pumps can deliver in the range of 1,300-1,400 psi (pounds per square inch) at about 1 1/2 gpm(gallons per minute). Electric washers are more suitable for light cleaning work, such as cleaning outdoor grills, garage floors and washing cars. They should always be connected to power outlets that have an integrated ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

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Understanding the Basics of Power Washing

Pressure cleaning can prove to be a versatile tool when tackling the multitudes of home maintenance. Having a clean exterior will make your home stand-out among the rest. Best of all, purchasing a pressure washer won’t break the bank. Before you begin pressure washing any of your home’s surfaces, you should understand pressure cleaning basics and know the proper procedures based on the composition of the surfaces being cleaned.
The first step toward understanding the basics is learning how a power washer works. Water is pumped with extreme power through a hose, spraying through a pressure controlled nozzle. The pressure is measured in PSI (pounds of pressure per square inch). The higher the PSI, the stronger the water pressure. The spray will remove debris, dirt and much more. Whether your project is large or small, this tool can come in handy.

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