A power washing company in Montgomery County Maryland is required to be licensed by the state of Maryland if they use industry standard methods for power washing. Since we started power washing in 1989 our crews have consistently taken training courses to improve our service and knowledge of the power washing industry. Today, Henry’s Housework employees are some of the best trained and knowledgeable technicians in the Country.
Benefits of a trained power washing company!
- Low Pressure cleaning methods that safely clean your property.
- Safer equipment to prevent damages and mishaps on your property.
- Better quality as a result of learning new techniques and methods.
- A Better Price! Training increases quality and experience so the job can be performed faster than other companies which allows us to offer lower pricing!
Our experience and training in the power washing industry make Henry’s Housework the leading power washing company in Montgomery County Maryland. Watch our power washing video to find out more about what we can do for your property.
All of our power washing services are performed using a revolutionary low pressure cleaning system that uses professional grade soaps, warm water and only 400PSI for most of our power washing jobs.
Power Washing Training
Our technicians have taken extensive classroom and field courses from Alliance Trade Services the Power Washers of North America and other training organizations to ensure that all of the work we do is based on the latest standards in the power washing industry.
Our president Henry Bockman is also an approved instructor for the Power Washers Of North America and has helped to set the standards while teaching power washing courses for other companies across the nation. This dedication to the power washing industry and our constant research, enables us to keep up to date on the latest changes in the power washing industry, and provide the best service possible!
When contacting other power washing companies in the area, make sure that they have adequate training from an organization in the industry. Most power washing companies in the area practice the aim and BLAST method of cleaning, instead of learning the proper procedures. This results in un-trained day laborers that learn how to power wash while on the job which can cause severe personal injuries and damages to your home! A power washer in the hands of someone without the proper training is a nightmare for the unsuspecting home owner. So ask the basic questions below to hire a reputable power washing company. Any reputable company will have a working knowledge of the right soaps and detergents that should be used when power washing your home or deck, the amount of pressure that should be used and the answers to the questions below.
Questions To Ask Power Washing Companies!
Is your power washing company licensed, bonded and insured?
The current regulations from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission require licensing for sealing decks and for using soaps and detergents, not high pressure cleaning. Most damage is caused due to improper use high pressure. A contractor with an MHIC license offers some protection from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. If you use a power washing company that does not have an MHIC license, you may have no protection at all.
Henry’s Housework is fully licensed, bonded and insured for power washing, handyman services, remodeling and other residential services. All of our technicians are employees, with insurance and workers compensation. If a company is estimating power washing, deck cleaning or sealing and staining services for your home, and they do not have an MHIC license, contact the Maryland Home Improvement Commission Director, Steve Smitson at 1-888-218-5925 to file a complaint.
Has your power washing company taken training and use the proper procedures in Power Washing?
There are several companies and organizations that offer training for power washing services.
Our employees have taken the following training courses:
PWNA Wood Certification—Wolman Wood Certification—ABR Wood Certification–Environmental Awareness and Cleaning—Power Washing 101—House Washing—Low Rise Building Cleaning—Cathedral Stones Restoration Course, Roof Cleaning and more. Henry Bockman is also an approved PWNA, and Alliance instructor, and actively teaches power washing companies across the nation on proper methods and techniques for Power washing.
What type of deck sealers do you use on wood surfaces?
Manufacturers spend millions of dollars a year to promote their products but they don’t tell you that linseed oil, (one of the most popular oils in deck sealers) is actually food for mildew! They also don’t say that surface coating agents which are usually found in hardware stores, may actually allow wood to rot or cause problems to the woods natural fibers.
We use Ready Seal. Nationwide polls taken by wood restoration professionals have chosen Ready Seal as one of the most popular brands of deck sealers used by power washing companies for the last 8 years in a row! This sealer provides outstanding protection for wood surfaces and comes in a variety of colors.
Do you use professional grade cleaners that are designed for the surface you are cleaning?
Many power washing companies use home made recipes, bleach or other products from big box stores for cleaning decks and other services. Some of these products can cause damage to the decks and other surfaces if not used properly. Bleach for example, should never be used on wood! Any professional power washing company will always use products made for the Power Washing industry. These products are designed to give better results and outperform products from local hardware stores. If your paying for quality service, you deserve to get the best products and results possible!
We use professional grade soaps, deck sealers, equipment and pressure washing supplies purchased from Sun Brite Supply in Gaithersburg Maryland.
How long have you been Power Washing?
Over 80% of Power Washing companies fail due to bad planning, lawsuits or bad service in their first 5 years in business.
Henry’s Housework has provided Power washing services to over 25,000 commercial and residential properties since 1989.
Did the company ask for more than 1/3 for a deposit?
Requiring a deposit on a contract is common. Most contractors require it to schedule the job and to purchase the materials for the job. In Maryland, a company is only permitted to receive 1/3 of the contract in advance as a deposit. If a company requests more, contact the Maryland Home Improvement commission at 1-888-218-5925
In rare cases we may require a deposit to schedule work.
Does the power washing company have references?
References are important to find out the quality of services that a company performs but they are easily faked. Look for references from organizations or other resources when possible.
Thousands of our clients, organizations, institutions and public officials have written testimonials regarding our company. If you would like to speak with some of our clients, please let us know and we will try to arrange it. Our customers information and privacy is paramount, so we will ask them for permission first before giving out their information.
Is the power washing company a member of the Power Washers Of North America (PWNA)?
Power Washers of North America is the recognized leader in developing and communicating the highest standards in ethical business practices, environmental awareness and safety through continuing education and active representation of the membership.
Henry Bockman served on the National Board Of Directors as the Chairman of communications, bulletin board administrator, web site designer and the chairman of the Clean Across America campaign. Henry Bockman also led the way in forming the PWNA Maryland state chapter and currently serves as its president. Henry’s Housework is also trying to work with local authorities to create Best Management Practices for the mobile Power Washing in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. These BMP’s will enable mobile pressure washers to provide Power Washing services without harming the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and our environment.
We hope that this guide will help you when hiring a Pressure Washing company. If you have any questions regarding Power washing, please contact our office at 301-216-9675.
Power Washing With High Pressure Can Cause Extensive Damages
Using the wrong product or too much pressure can damage your property in seconds, just like in the photos below!
Damages caused by power washing are on the increase, with the current economy a lot of new power washing companies have started up in the area and while it’s great that people are out working to support their families, it can be very destructive to your home. If you believe that your home has been damaged by high pressure use, but you would like to have a professional opinion from our power washing company, send a photo and your contact information to our office and we would be happy to assist you.
If you know of anyone starting a power washing company please have them call us, we would be happy to train them the proper industry approved methods to prevent damages like these!
Henry Bockman has been an instructor for the Power Washers of North America, Alliance Trade Services and the Contractors Foundation for many years and enjoys helping companies learn how to provide pressure washing services.