Pressure Wash My Vinyl Siding

May 24, 2010 by  
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Your house has vinyl siding and you need to have it pressure washed.  As you probably have found out, rinsing it down with a garden hose or better yet borrowing your neighbor’s pressure washer just did not get it as clean as your thought it would.  Home owners in California just assume that pressure washing their vinyl siding is as easy as sealing their concrete or pavers.  Obviously most have learned the hard way that pressure washing their house or deck is not as easy as it sounds.  Pressure washing your house, whether it is vinyl, stucco, wood or any other building material, is a carefully orchestrated process that should be left to qualified experts in the pressure washing industry to perform.

As a home owner you run a very high risk of causing costly and sometimes permanent damage to your house or property by using a pressure washer that you have no experience in using.

Hiring a professional pressure wash contractor to perform the correct and right way to pressure wash your house is smart and worth the investment.  A combination of cleaning soaps, heat and low pressure are the key ingredients to a successful pressure wash job, especially when pressure washing vinyl siding.

Don’t run the risk of having water intrusion find its way underneath the eaves of your vinyl.  This happens due to just using nothing but pressure from a pressure washer to serve or act as the ‘cleaning agent’.  This procedure is incorrect not only for pressure washing vinyl but also for most surfaces at your house.

Before you fire up the pressure washer that you purchased at the local hardware store to wash your property that you paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for, consider the option of hiring a professional to perform the pressure wash services that you need.  Pressure washing is not about the use of just pressure and water.  View more of our pressure wash pics.

Pressure Wash My Vinyl Siding BEFORE

Pressure Wash My Vinyl Siding BEFORE

Pressure Wash My Vinyl Siding AFTER

Pressure Wash My Vinyl Siding AFTER

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PRESSURE WASHING THE TRIALS OF LIFE AWAY

May 17, 2010 by  
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PRESSURE WASHING THE TRIALS OF LIFE AWAY By Tony Wade, Daily Republic


FAIRFIELD – Overcoming obstacles to reach personal and professional success are recurring themes in the life of Fairfield resident Carlos Gonzales.

While the 44-year-old entrepreneur now has a comfortable living as the owner/operator of New Look Power Wash, growing up in Pennsylvania, things weren’t easy.

‘My mother was an alcoholic,’ Gonzales said. ‘My brothers and sisters and I would live with her when she was doing well but then she’d relapse and Child Protective Services would have to intervene. We probably lived in five or six different foster homes up until the time I graduated from high school.’

Soon after graduation, Gonzales joined the Navy where he worked for five years as a chaplain’s assistant. After leaving the service, his childhood experiences led him into the field of nonprofit social services.

Gonzales worked in homeless shelters, as a drug counselor, served on advisory boards and wrote community development grants for nonprofits all over the Bay Area. Around that time he met and married his wife of now 19 years, Bettye, who he describes as being ‘corporate America.’ Gonzales soon joined her in the rat race by applying skills he honed in the service sector.

‘Using skills learned through on-the-job training, my own business instincts and things I learned from bending the ears of superiors, I started working for a company in Walnut Creek called Direct Media,’ Gonzales said. ‘I discovered that whether you are in the social services or corporate world, if you treat people with dignity and respect and solve problems as a team you are going to be successful.’

In the late ’90s Gonzales was courted by a company that recognized his skills at management and offered him a position as director of sales in a Silicon Valley dot-com start-up. Gonzales was reluctant to leave Direct Media, but the six-figure salary, generous stock options and other inducements made by the company to sweeten the pot finally convinced him to make the change.

The job only lasted nine months.

‘The rate at which we burned through the start-up capital was way too high for investors and we lost our funding,’ Gonzales said. ‘That coupled with a lack of vision by the founders of the company resulted in me waking up one day without a job.’

Dot-com companies were folding left and right at that time. Gonzales interviewed and floated his resume without much luck. In a fit of boredom, he decided to clean the exterior of his house. It turned out to be a fateful decision.

‘I rented a pressure washer from a local rental company and as I was washing my house with it a neighbor happened by and asked if I did it professionally,’ Gonzales said. ‘I told them ‘no.’ Then like three more people came and asked me the same thing, and I replied ‘no’ each time.’

‘I then began to realize I may have stumbled onto something so when the fifth person asked me if I pressure washed professionally I said ‘yes, I did.’ ‘

Gonzales’ company, New Look Power Wash, was born.

Gonzales researched the pressure washing industry in the Bay Area and realized it was a much-needed service. Once established, he began to focus on trying to change the image of pressure washers.

Carlos Gonzales of New Look Power Wash

Pressure Washing Today

There is a misconception that pressure washing is just a bunch of guys playing with water all day long,’ Gonzales said. ‘But you have to know the different kinds of chemicals for different surfaces, different pressures, different nozzles, and what temperature the water needs to be, among other things.’

According to Gonzales, the reasons for pressure washing go beyond mere aesthetics and cross over from being a luxury to a necessity.

‘For instance if the gutters aren’t cleaned before the rainy season it can cause significant damage because the water has to go somewhere,’ Gonzales said. ‘It can lead to wood rot and leaks or cause those nasty black streaks you see on the sides of houses, which then need to be painted. With pressure washing you can do preventative maintenance.’

‘With businesses, there are health considerations and we have a statewide contract with one to clean their Dumpsters. Obviously how clean a restaurant is on the outside plays a role in whether customers decide to patronize it. Also, any business has to consider liability issues such as algae growing on the sidewalk in front of their store where a customer can potentially slip and fall.’

Gonzales set his sights higher and envisioned a nationwide organization, which could help raise the level of professionalism in his chosen field as well as serve as a resource to contractors.

The United Association of Mobile Contract Cleaners (UAMCC) already existed, created by industry ‘godfather’ Robert Hinderliter of Texas, but was languishing.

With Hinderliter’s blessing, Gonzales was tapped to breathe new life and new energy into the organization. He jumped in with both feet.

‘I completely rebuilt it adding a new business plan, new board of directors, new goals, new benefits — everything,’ Gonzales said. ‘I took care of the legal work like incorporation, and started establishing relations all across the United States. It took two years and a $20,000 investment of my own money.’

The UAMCC is now up and running with a board of directors and members joining monthly. They have consulted with officials in South Carolina on the Clean Water Act and are teaming up this year with the Ronald McDonald House Charities in a nationwide program of giving back to communities called Wash with Us.

A promise that Gonzales made before starting his labor of love was that after he had established the UAMCC, he would step down as its acting executive director and allow the organization to be owned by its members.

This past January he kept that promise and walked away from heading the organization.

‘My purpose in getting it going was to give back to an industry that has opened up a lot of doors for me,’ he said.

Carlos Gonzales, Owner of New Look Power Wash

Carlos Gonzales, Owner of New Look Power Wash

Gonzales’ story of overcoming a rough childhood and becoming a successful business owner, sans any formal education, is even more remarkable as he had to overcome a physical obstacle as well.

In 2003, he was diagnosed with Menire’s disease, an incurable vertigo equilibrium malady of the inner ear. Gonzales’ vertigo got so bad he had to have brain surgery. After the operation, he experienced almost total hearing loss in his right ear.

A year later, he started to experience vertigo attacks again. Doctors discovered he had Menire’s in his other ear as well. He can still hear with the left ear but it is a struggle.

‘It’s difficult for me to communicate with people with my hearing loss and that’s another reason I wanted to go into business for myself,’ Gonzales said. ‘Could I file for disability? Probably, but I’m not the kind of person who will ride that ticket. I was raised to put in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay and I work hard. I have not allowed my Menire’s disease to slow me down.’

Gonzales at one point had hired employees and the money was rolling in but the downturn in the economy, as well as his two-year mission to set up the UAMCC, took a bite out of his nest egg.

Both setbacks and successes have taught him the benefit of prioritizing his life.

‘God has shown me that the acquisition of wealth is not all that it’s cracked up to be,’ Gonzales said. ‘I learned a valuable lesson in that as fast as money can come, it can go away, but the one thing that will remain is God. I am managing the growth of my business versus allowing my business to manage me.’

Reach Fairfield freelance writer Tony Wade at getthelowdown@sbcglobal.net.


Pressure Wash Business ~ Your Expectations

April 28, 2010 by  
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As a business owner in the pressure wash industry what is your expectations?  I am absolutely positive that you asked this same question when you entered into the pressure wash industry.  You came up with the idea to start your business and also to take it somewhere, preferably in the right direction.  What were your expectations or better yet how did you determine the ‘right direction’.

Your Pressure Wash Business ~ Where is it Going?

Your Pressure Wash Business ~ Where is it Going?

Think about this before you read on.  Analyze your business and what your expectations are for it.

Is Success Driving You?

Is one of your expectations to be successful? Though it may seem a silly question at first and often times business owner’s gloss over this statement but achieving success with your pressure washing business is a critical component that requires some deep thought.  Define success and leave out the template statement about making money so you do not have to work anymore.  If you have not heard this about money and success, let me be the first to clue you in on something.  Making money is not success. Making money is the reward for your success.

Where Ya At?

Before you can take your pressure wash business ‘somewhere’ it is probably safe to say that you better first know where you or IT is at. So the fundamental question to ask yourself, where are you? Do you know where you are at? And when I mean “know where you are at” I am leaning in the direction of YOU knowing exactly where you business is at today, where it was yesterday and where it was the day before that and the day before that. It is always good to KNOW where you are at before you KNOW where you want to go.  This is a fair observation.

Where Ya Going?

Once you have determined where you are at within your pressure wash business, it is time to envision its future.  Simply put, where do you want to go?  Now that you KNOW where YOU are at it is time to figure out WHERE you want to go. So, WHERE do you want to go? Leave out the template answer about making as much money like that contractor over in the next county or that contractor that is idolized on the different bulletin boards. Your business is not about them; your business is about YOU.

All ‘Systems’ Go?

So, back to the fundamental question that we all have asked ourselves or have been asked by others. “What are your expectations as a pressure wash business owner?” What are the elements of your business model, business plan, budget, that will help you achieve “Success” as you define it? Do you know?  Some of you may not realize this but many of you already have the elements in place in your business. You just need to organize them.  These elements or otherwise known as systems will help you arrive to the place you want to be at.  Before you implement the systems to push your business in the direction that you wish to go you must first arrive with an understanding as to where you want to go and stick with that.  Comprehend your business model, business plan, budget and the necessary infrastructure so that you will know what systems to implement to get you there.

What are systems?

That will be the next article on the California Pressure Washing Blog.  Here is to your success!  Please feel free to post comments here at the California Pressure Washing Blog.

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Pressure Wash Vendor for City of Fairfield, CA

April 22, 2010 by  
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Fairfield, CA Pressure Wash Vendor

Fairfield, CA Pressure Wash Vendor

New Look Power Wash recently was added as pressure wash vendor for the City of Fairfield, CA.  New Look Power Wash offers pressure wash services to the residential, commercial, industrial, graffiti removal, natural disaster clean up and concrete pressure wash and sealing markets.  The city of Fairfield is located in Solano County. New Look Power Wash is registered vendor for Solano County and the state of California.

New Look Power Wash is located in Fairfield Ca, centrally located between San Franciso and Sacramento bordering between Solano, Napa and Contra Costa County.

Pressure Wash and Your Competition

April 16, 2010 by  
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As you continue to pursue market dominance both in the commercial pressure wash and residential pressure wash markets there are many instances when you approach a potential client  with the hopes of “getting your foot in the door” only to be told that they already have a pressure washing company that performs their pressure wash services.  Has this happened to you?  This is very common in the pressure wash industry where we as contractors walk away from a potential customers with nothing but disappointment and discouragement.  Though it may seem that you are constantly running into a brick wall with your efforts you may be surprised that you can leave a lasting impression with the customer that currently has a pressure wash company on the ‘books’.

In this article I poise some questions that we as pressure washing contractors should be asking ourselves when we come across an opportunity to leave a professional and lasting impression with potential customers that we yearn to win their business.

 

You already have Pressure Wash Services?

Here are Question to Ponder

Do you try to find out when the contract expires? If you get that information…WRITE IT DOWN and put it in a monthly tickler file. Also, make sure you get the clients contact information.

Do you from time to time swing by or pass through and view the current pressure washers performance? If so, write down areas where you think your service can out perform the existing pressure wash company. One thing to remember is to remain professional and never bash.

Do you leave your contact information with the client? If so, tell them that if they ever need you to “fill in” for the contractor that they should call you. What happens if the current contractor misses a service or may have to leave on a family emergency. What if his rigs break down or two crew people call in sick? The client is not worried about the problems that a pressure washing company brings with them, the client is just looking to have the service performed.  Period.

What happens if the Vice President or the President of the building or company decides to pay a site visit and only gives the Manager a 2 day notice? And the manager can’t track down the current contractor or the current contractor says he can’t do the wash because he is busy doing other things.

The positive impression that you left with that manager and your contact information could be your ticket to get your foot in the door.

When talking to commercial clients, don’t just walk away when they say they already have someone. Give them the reasons above and more to take your card.

If and when they do call you for help, this could be the beginning to the end of the other contractor. Be aggressive but be professional. If you are good at what you do i.a. pressure wash then walk around with a confidence about yourself during your time infront of potential customers.

If you know your business and know their business a potential pressure wash client will pick up on your confidence!

How Do Keep Your Foot in the Door?

Mail the client a follow-up letter.  The below letter is one that I have used for a long time to keep the attention of future pressure wash clients for my company.  It is short but to the point.  I have shared this letter over the years to pressure washing contractors and based on their feedback it is an effective way to get your foot in the door and keep it there without bashing your competition.

Please feel free to use it to your advantage.

Matthew XXXX
ABC Company
P. O. Box XXX
xxxx, CA 12345

Matt,

It was great speaking with you regarding the pressure wash services that New Look Power Wash can offer ABC COMPANY. It is our hope that ABC COMPANY and New Look Power Wash can gel a relationship together in the near future.

I would like to offer our pressure wash services in an “as needed basis” for ABC. I understand that your current pressure wash service continues to do an adequate job. The fit that I see with our company is that we would be utilized as a back-up vendor for your pressure washing needs. If your current pressure wash vendor takes a vacation, calls in ill or if their services deteriorate ~ New Look Power Wash is readily available to step-in and fulfill the contract specifications.

Our intention is to ultimately win your business and under no circumstances will my company under mine your current pressure wash service. Our purpose is to offer you an alternative if one of the above scenarios occurs with your current service.

Our reputation and service speaks for itself. Having clients such as Chevy’s Fresh Mex Restaurants, Aldredge Enterprises, the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce and a variety of Homeowners Associations throughout Solano county ~ New Look Power Wash has established itself as one of the premiere pressure wash companies in Solano county!

I will call you in early January to answer any questions that ABC COMPANY may have and also to see whether or not we can finalize this understanding that we spoke about on the phone. I would be more than willing to meet with you and/or another representative from ABC COMPANY.

The main goal when you approach a client that already has a pressure wash service in place is to offer and afford the client options to hire you.  Even it is a one time clean-up approach every client with the attitude that it could turn into a long term relationship.

Best of luck!

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Pressure Wash Colleague Fighting Cancer

April 12, 2010 by  
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A colleague in the pressure washing industry shares a very inspirational story about his plight with cancer.

Under pressure Athens multi-tasker runs business while fighting leukemia By Holly Hollman
Staff Writer

Daily Photos by Gary Cosby Jr. Jeremy Kiefer runs his own pressure washing business, volunteers for the Athens Police Department and is battling leukemia. Kiefer and John Yeager place a ladder so they can access the roof of a Decatur home for cleaning.





ATHENS – Jeremy Kiefer could be walking on top of a roof one minute, sitting in a doctor’s office having blood drawn the next and ending the day operating a driving-under-the-influence checkpoint.

Kiefer could teach lessons on multi-tasking if he decided to add one more item to his to-do list.

The Athens business owner has juggled multiple jobs since he was a teenager in college.

Now he is running a business and fighting cancer.

At age 17, Kiefer took classes at an Indiana college, managed a tuxedo store and ran his own window cleaning business.

At age 34, Kiefer is a husband and father, the owner of Clear Shine Maintenance and a reserve officer for Athens police.

Work hazards

Since December, his life has involved more than his usual multi-tasking. He has been designing a battle plan against chronic lymphocytic leuke­mia.

A doctor discovered the leukemia after deciding to do a blood test as a follow-up to Kie­fer having e-coli earlier in the year.

“I was having panic attacks, and my equilibrium was off, so the doctors said we should do a full blood work,” Kiefer said.

Panic attacks and equilibrium issues are dangerous for Kiefer’s job, because he climbs ladders and gets on top of roofs as part of his cleaning business.

“This type leukemia is usually diagnosed in those 60 or older,” Kiefer said. “There’s not a lot of background for people my age.”

According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, there are 15,490 new cases of CLL each year. It can cause loss of energy, shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes and infections.

Waiting on chemo

This type of leukemia is slow-progressing, so Kiefer and his doctors have decided to wait until the disease affects his red blood cells before starting chemotherapy and doing a bone marrow transplant.

Once there are a high number of CLL cells in the marrow, they can crowd out normal blood-forming cells, and Kiefer will have to attack the cancer with chemo and a transplant.

Although Kiefer is taking the wait-and-see approach with leukemia, he is not taking that approach with his career. Between medical check-ups, Kiefer markets his business, oversees his crew of three, mixes chemicals, conducts de­monstrations, operates the equipment and climbs onto roofs. His father, Stan, helps him run the business. They travel throughout North Alabama to provide residential and commercial cleaning.

Kiefer’s company uses a soft wash process to clean roofing shingles and the more common pressure washing process to clean chimneys, driveways, sidewalks and other structures.

“Many people don’t think about cleaning the roof,” Kiefer said. “The roof process is gentle and doesn’t void the warranty. It’s so soft you can put your hand in the stream of water. We put a detergent mix on the roof, and then when it rains, it cleans off the mold and debris.”

Kiefer said that no matter what his future holds, he will keep multi-tasking. When the time comes to put his focus on leukemia treatments, he will do so, but keep other projects going.

“I’m very one-track minded,” he said, “but at the same time, I have to have a lot of things going on. I focus on one thing at a time, but I have to have multiple things to focus on throughout the day.”



Pressure Wash Ezine Article – Published on 4/09/10

April 9, 2010 by  
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This Ezine Article is all about the money and the pressure wash contractor.  The article speaks on the importance of sustaining a “balance” with our business and family.  It is a great read for pressure wash contractors that are in business and have a family.

Here is the link.  Pressure Wash Contractors – Is it really about the Money?

Pressure Wash service areas include San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Richmond, San Pablo, Hercules, Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Winters, Davis, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Suisun City, Stockton, Pittsburgh, Walnut Creek, Benicia, Danville, San Ramon, American Canyon, Orinda, Berkeley, Albany, Point Richmond, Rio Vista, San Jose, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Burbank, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Hayward, Rancho Cordova, Los Banos, San Diego, Long Beach, Orange County, Contra Costa County, Solano County and Napa County.


Pressure Wash & Sealing Pavers and Concrete

April 7, 2010 by  
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Prepping the pavers before you seal is important. You want to make sure that there is no dirt, stains or foreign matter laying on the surface. If you are doing a pool area you will want to make sure that there are no chlorine residual/stains around the pavers located near the water edge.

When cleaning, you will want to apply low pressure due to the fact that you do not want to ‘blow out’ the sand in between the pavers when washing. If it is a small area that you are sealing I would recommend just going with a hose rinse and a broom to agitate the dirty areas and rinse again.

Once you are finish prepping you will want to get a leaf blower and dry the pavers as much as possible. If you leave any “puddling” of water and apply the sealant to it will “gum up” and leave a milky residue.. So ensure that you dry ALL areas. Don’t worry if a little bit of the sand in between the pavers “lift out” from the leaf blower. Keep in mind you want to keep the tip of the leaf blower far enough from the pavers so that you don’t “Push” too much of sand out but close enough to dry the pavers as quick as possible. Keep the leaf blower moving side to side and never keep it focused on just one area. You may have to make a couple of runs up and down the area you want to seal to ensure that it is dry but it is worth the time and it is important that you do this.

I use Seal ‘n Lock Systems out here in California.  Water sealants are easier to work with vs. lacquer sealants. The only draw back to water base vs. lacquer is that water base sealants tend to fail sooner than lacquer. You can get a good year out of water base sealants (depending on the climate). Lacquers will give you about 18 months to 2 years ~ depending on the climate.

The application process is the same for both water and lacquer. You can either roll it on or spray it on. Either way you will want to avoid any puddling on the surface. Keep a sponge handy to “blot” up the puddling.

I recommend sealing during midday or early afternoon. You get the “shiny” look from water base sealants when the sun hits it directly. If you apply water base sealants when it is cloudy you will not get a “shiny” look. The appearance will be dull looking. Whatever product you use please make sure you read the recommended temperature for applying. If you apply water base sealants and the temperature is too cool, you will get a milky white result on the pavers.

Lacquer sealants are more expensive but do provide a unique characteristic in which you do not necessarily need the sun to get that “shiny” look. Working around water (pools) you will need to be careful when spraying around the pools edge. Lacquer in the water is not a good combination and it will ultimately affect the pool filter system if you have too much over spray that goes into the pool. With lacquer you will also have to be mindful of the vegetation near the paver area. Cover the plants. As mentioned you can either roll it on or spray it. Spraying it can cause a little bit of a problem as the lacquer can and will ‘gum” up at the tip of the sprayer. Keep the tip clean at all times.

For both Water base and lacquer, your spray pattern should be at a ‘heavy to moderate mist”. No straight streams. Side to side when you spray and make your sweeps even and overlap. Have a second person with you. His job is to roll the sealant as you spray. Go to a local hardware store and purchase a roller for smooth surfaces. You don’t want a heavy nap when rolling sealant. Screw the roller on a painter pole and have another person roll and you spray.

Never walk on the wet sealant. You will leave a boot mark. So if you see a leaf or twig fall on the area that you still have wet sealant on:

1. carefully walk over to it if it is only a step or two away and pick it up. Try to retrace your steps back. Immediately mist the area that you walked on with sealant and then roll it.

2. Wait until the sealant dries and then go over and pick it up.

With water base you will want to add a second coat.  On the second application go “light” on your mist. You do not need to go heavy with the second application. Same rule applies with the roller like the first pass. Have your helper roll behind you. The key here is to make sure no puddling occurs.

You helper that is rolling should set the pace on how you two proceed across the pavers. If you are the one spraying let the individual that is performing the rolling to set the pace. Both of you should know when you are going too quick or too slow. It takes a few jobs but once you have a few under your belt the process of sealing should be natural.

If you have weeds growing in between the pavers then there is an additional step to consider prior to sealing your pavers or stamped concrete..

Depending on the growth and how much is there, you will need to determine whether or not you can pull the weeds by hand. If you can do this you will also pull out the sand along with when the roots come out. Try to keep the sand intact as much as possible.

If the there is a considerable growth of weeds between the joints of the pavers then you may have to go use a weed eater to remove the weeds.  Simply tilt the weed eater sideways and edge out the plants. This may kick up all mores sand in between the pavers. If you just weed eat you run a very high risk of leaving the plants roots intact. To kill the weeds totally please consider applying a weed killer such as Round Up. Spray it in between the pavers and make sure you add a liberal amount. Make your Round-Up and water ration 2:1.

Remember you will be cleaning the pavers during the cleaning step and this requires water. You don’t want to dilute the round-up anymore than you have to. The sand that you “kick up”, try to save a handful of it because you will need to go the local landscaping supply store or wherever and get the exact same kind that is in the pavers.

Once you are done with this. Sweep up any excessive sand on the pavers and proceed to the cleaning phase as described above.

Pressure Wash service areas include San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Richmond, San Pablo, Hercules, Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Winters, Davis, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Suisun City, Stockton, Pittsburgh, Walnut Creek, Benicia, Danville, San Ramon, American Canyon, Orinda, Berkeley, Albany, Point Richmond, Rio Vista, San Jose, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Burbank, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Hayward, Rancho Cordova, Los Banos, San Diego, Long Beach, Orange County, Contra Costa County, Solano County and Napa County.

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