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Subject: Pressure-washing in winter
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(North Carolina)


02/04/2020 11:21 AM  
I'm the prez of an HOA near Raleigh, N.C. who's spoken with local pressure washing companies, who have confirmed that they can indeed pressure-wash in the winter (provided it's above freezing).

Well, we have a number of open pressure-washing violations and my homeowners are pushing back because:

-- people travel in December / it's the holidays
-- too cold outside (it's 68 right now)
-- will just have to do it again in the spring when the pollen hits
-- no one does outdoor stuff in winter

In my experience, pollen rinses off during the next rain shower and it's only a problem if the siding was dirty before pollen season hit.

How do my fellow directors/boards handle this type of issue? Do you put pressure-washing violations on hold until the spring? Or are homeowners required to do it year-round, weather-permitting?

(Mind you, I'm not talking about slightly dirty homes, I'm talking about the mildewy green stuff that looks like something out of a bad scifi movie.)


02/04/2020 11:26 AM  
They DO have a point about outdoor tasks in winter, so you might want to hold off until spring. As the weather begins to turn, keep track of the forecasts (and the possibility they can change on a dime) and perhaps come up with a period of time, say 30 days, where homeowners should arrange to have the washing done. If it hasn’t been done after that, violation notices and fines will ensure.

If there’s some reason the work can’t be done within that time, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to contact the board in WRITING and request an extension (emails can count, provided the homeowner provides contact information). The board can also issue an overall extension depending on what the weather’s doing
(North Carolina)


02/05/2020 5:10 AM  
I think it would be reasonable to contact homeowners who need to pressure wash during the winter months and allow the house washing to commence after Spring pollen season, regardless of the siding mildew. You don't see much pressure washing, in NC (Raleigh) during the winter months and not before pollen season.


02/05/2020 5:27 AM  
The point wrt pollen may be that the reason pressure washing is required is that mold and mildew are present ... from years of growth, and is unrelated to pollen.


02/05/2020 5:38 AM  
I would not press the issue of pressure washing in the winter, If you were press the issue and you were taken to court by the homeowner you would be on the losing end because common sense prevails. I would only pressure wash in spring and summer months.


02/05/2020 10:52 AM  

Why would "common sense" play?


02/06/2020 10:27 AM  
We would never pressure wash at any time of the year. It drives moisture into siding and perhaps further, and has other bad effects.

There are other ways to remove mold and algae, such as house wash products (the best ones we tested used added bleach) or "Wet and Forget" (the best overall product we tested) or perhaps a competitor such as Spray Once (not tested).

We would never require pressure washing due to the harm it can cause. I would recommend that your association test various products and make the test results available to your owners.


02/06/2020 2:20 PM  
Some parts of the country pressure wash because there are limited alternatives - i.e. wet and sticky south.

BTW, some siding products are not permeable - and, some are resistant to any sort of cleaning except pressure washing.
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