Safety First!

Safety First!

In some ways, we work in a very strange business. Exterior cleaning is technically something that anybody can do. If you’re the owner of a home or business, you can just head out and buy the equipment you need, then get started.

There are reasons why professional outfits like Curb Appeal Solutions exist, however! In fact, you could probably boil things down into three key reasons.

Firstly, it’s about quality. We don’t just own the equipment: we know exactly how to use it. We’ve spent years with it, and all our staff are highly trained. You don’t get the same results giving a paintbrush to a high school kid as you would by giving it to Picasso in his prime!

Secondly, it’s about cost. We completely understand the logic behind trying to carry out exterior building cleaning yourself: you think it’ll be cheaper than hiring the professionals. The equipment is expensive to begin with, however. Also, if you end up damaging a surface and it needs to be repaired, or even replaced, your costs are going to skyrocket way past what they would’ve been if you’d just hired professionals to start with.

Thirdly, and almost certainly the most important reason of all, is safety. It’s admirable to want to do these jobs for yourself, whether it be roof cleaning, window cleaning or house washing. We simply don’t think it’s worth the risk, though.

Some of the most common jobs which we see people trying to do themselves all over South Carolina – in places like Greer, Five Forks, Simpsonville and Travelers Rest – include roof cleaning and window cleaning. What do these jobs have in common? They both require working at heights, and involve the use of ladders!

Did you know that more than 90,000 people in the USA receive emergency room treatment for ladder-related injuries every year? That’s an astonishing number, and shows you just how common these kinds of accidents are. Over the last 10 years, as more and more people have tried the DIY approach, ladder-related injuries have increased by 50%

Do you know what else? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency say that 100% of all ladder accidents could be prevented by better attention to the equipment, and by the provision of training. Those are both exactly the things that you get from hiring a professional outfit, like Curb Appeal Solutions!

When you’re working at heights, and the potential for significant injuries is so prevalent, we have to ask… is it really worth the risk, to save a little money?!

Another of the most common things that our fellow South Carolina residents like to try themselves – from Greenville to Mauldin – is pressure washing. We can certainly see why: it’s incredibly versatile, and it’s a lot of fun! However, it also brings with it a whole raft of safety risks.

Consumer Reports put together an eye-opening summary on the dangers of pressure washing. They found that over 6,000 people in 2014 alone had to go to the emergency room with pressure washing-related injuries.

Pressure washers are incredibly powerful tools, firing out water at anywhere between 1,500 and 4,000 psi. In the wrong hands, this kind of power can be very dangerous. The machines are powerful enough to damage skin in an instant, commonly causing bruises and lacerations, and even sometimes puncturing the skin or causing eye damage.

We know this all sounds a bit gruesome! But if you’re thinking about trying a bit of pressure washing yourself – to clean your driveway or patio, for example – we want you to be completely aware of the facts, and know about the significant risks to which you’re exposing yourself.

Not only do Curb Appeal Solutions possess pressure washing equipment of the most professional standard; we also know how to use it. Once again, all our staff are highly trained in how to use pressure washers, and we’re also comprehensively insured in the very unlikely event that something did happen to go wrong.

So before you head out and buy that expensive equipment, spend all that time reading online guides on how to actually use it, then set aside a whole weekend to get the job done, just stop. Ask yourself whether it’s really worth the risk to your person (as well as to your property – another major thing to consider when you haven’t been properly trained), when you could just call out the professionals for a relatively low cost.

Curb Appeal Solutions are a family-owned and run business based in Greer, South Carolina. We offer every exterior service you could dream of, for both homes and businesses. Roofs, windows, concrete, driveways and building exteriors: we clean them all, and much more! Crucially, we do it in an extremely safe manner.

To get your home or business looking sparkling clean again, whilst incurring no physical risk whatsoever to yourself, just contact Curb Appeal Solutions today!

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