Services include driveway pressure washing

Pressure Power is based in Beaverton.  

I primarily serve my local area and mostly on the west side of the Metro area. I do pressure washing for Driveways, Sidewalks, Walkways & Decks.  I’ve gone further but like to serve my neighbors in  Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, Hillsboro, Sherwood & SW Metro Area

Pressure Power provides affordable residential flat-surface pressure washing for:

Driveways, Sidewalk, Curb. Entryway, Landing, Patio, Deck, Pool Area, Sport Court     ….even Pickleball Courts.

Pressure Power DOES NOT clean roofs, gutters, windows, mow lawns or clean buildings.

Pressure Washing 101

An optional study  Updated January 2016.

  • Agitation

    The ‘pressure’ of pressure washing.

  • Temperature

    Pressure washer water can be cold or hot. Some pressure washers either have or are connected to a heat source for hot water washing.

  • Chemicals

    Many chemicals are effective but also environmentally toxic.Surfactants help ‘loosen’ the bonds between liquids or between liquids and solids.Surfactants may act as detergents, emulsifiers, and dispersants.

Pressure Power almost exclusively uses cold water agitation.  It took me three years to decide this was the direction for this business to take.  Hot water machines and accessories are expensive (thousands more) and many models require an electrical outlet. Heat cuts the grease and oil but surprisingly I’ve encountered very little in 9 years of business.  Down the road I may get there.   –Here’s an update. I’m there!  I bought a brand NEW HOT WATER pressure washer (December 2015) and it rocks! It’s also heavy.  So far I’ve only used it for front yard surfaces and I hook it up directly from my trailer.  It’s NOT a model requiring an electrical outlet so it is truly a ‘stand alone’ unit.  I’m looking forward to expanding  services to provide professional clean-up of oil and grease.
 
I use eco-friendly chemicals on fewer than 5% of my jobs.   Our storm drains go directly to our streams where those elusive steelhead and salmon are trying to ignore my bait. There are ‘environmentally friendly’ chemicals that I occasionally use.  I liken it to a banana peel.  It is fully biodegradable.  When you toss a banana peel on the ground you can say, ‘it won’t hurt anything.  It’s biodegradable.’  Yes, but in the mean time it’s garbage.  Even environmentally friendly chemicals have their impact.  I’ve done several side-by-side pressure washing jobs to compare the results between chemicals and no chemicals.  I am not convinced that the difference – if discernable – is worth the environmental cost.
There is a diminishing return on the extra efforts we could take to get our surfaces cleaner than a cold water pressure washer.  It is similar to the level of agitation used to clean a surface.  I might use MORE pressure or clean in one place LONGER to improve the cleaning on a job.  Surface damage is possible but unlikely.  Understanding this is key. Most people want to increase the pressure but the better and safer (for surfaces) way to clean is with a larger volume of water coupled with appropriate pressure.  It’s preferable to have more water volume (we measure it in gpm – gallons per minute)  than water pressure (we measure it in psi – pounds per square inch).  My conclusion today is that agitation with cold water will get our surfaces clean.  Yes, I would like ‘brilliant surface renewal’ for every job on every surface. Sometimes that’s just not possible unless I have hot water or chemicals or both.  I’ll use them but only when truly appropriate, safe, and responsible. I can live with a 95% clean surface using my relatively simple (but powerful) and non-invasive cold water machines.  Now that I have a HOT machine I can add temperature to my arsenal of cleaning.  But the harmful impacts from chemicals are too high a price to pay for the incremental improvement in cleaning residential surfaces.  I won’t go after that diminishing return at such a large cost.  Here’s an update! I’m on the trail of some ‘chemical’ treatments that hold promise to be effective on oil and grease concrete stains that are also environmentally responsible.  The treatments use MICROBES that EAT OIL rather than harsh chemicals.  This ‘microbe’ approach is also used for oil spill clean up.  I’m currently (January 2016) exploring/researching their use/effectiveness and may slowly ‘turn the corner’ regarding my stance on chemical use. Stay tuned!
All that being said, here are four recommendations I give to my customers to delay the return of the bio-critters  – the mold, mildew, algae, lichen, moss, etc….that make our surfaces look dull, black, green, and cruddy.  #4 can be key.

My advice:

  • Don’t let leaves (or needles) rest on your surfaces.

    Do whatever you can –I recommend using a blower cuz it is so much easier and faster — to immediately remove leaves and any debris.  Leaves and such, especially when wet, can quickly leave very stubborn stains.

  • mmediately rinse away residual potting soil after planting your spring flowers. Also rinse your surfaces after fertilizing the lawn.

    Fertilizer pellets and potting soil will leave iron stains if allowed to sit and/or dissolve on your surfaces.  I see iron  ‘droplet’ stains on surfaces all the time from pellets that strayed from the spreader past the lawn.

  • AGGRESSIVELY RINSE your surfaces about every 3-4 weeks.

    The concept is to disrupt the thriving environment those bio-critters typically enjoy here in the pacificnorthwest.  Liken it to a spider web.  While the web is up the spider can eat.  If you simply pluck two corners of the web spider has to start all over making a new web before he gets another meal.  A STRONG rinse –I mean faucet fully on with your strongest nozzle and spend maybe 20 minutes (I know, an eternity) — will disrupt the thriving environment, will rinse away lots of debris, grit, sand, crud, stuff, will be like plucking the corners of the spiders’ web.

  • If you must, go chemical.

    Don’t try to kill a fly with a cannon.  That’s overkill.  It’s like the diminishing return where there’s more damage than the improvement was worth.  I recommend a very weak bleach solution sprayed from a garden sprayer over your surfaces.  The idea is just to make the environment mildly toxic to those bio-critters.  (I had a recent customer recommend a  weak vinegar solution but I don’t know how well it works yet.  Now that’s eco-friendliness!)

Conclusions: 

We live in the pacific northwest.  We love it!  So do those critters.   Your place may have wet, damp, shady, moist, slow draining, slow drying, litter covered, needle riven nooks and crannies in spades. Ours is a frequently wet and damp environment.  So,… moss will return.  Algae will grow.  Mildew will grow.  Lichen will grow.  Our kids will grow. Things like to grow in our environment!  So,…let’s live together in a type of detente.  Use the tactics mentioned above.  They’re cheap or free and easy to do.  They WILL delay but NOT deny the return of the nasty bio-critters.  Be diligent and you may only need pressure washing every other year.  Not good for my business but a smart effort on your part.

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May 2, 2015  Angie’s List review:
Jim Boucher scheduled an appointment, walked the property, provided a bid/quote and completed a power wash to my driveway, sidewalk and patio area all in the same day.
Member Comments:
Excellent Service.  The best Power Wash Service we have ever had.
His attention to detail was exceptional and he was very professional and
had the appropriate equipment that allowed him to complete his work and many extras services that no other power washer ever provided.   He also provided many suggestions to keep the property as moss free as possible.  You can tell by the job that Jim performs how much pride he takes in doing an excellent job.  His service had so much “curb appeal” that other neighbors are interested in his service and contact info.  His prices are very fair and he measures the areas so that he is not guessing and in the past other power wash companies have “guessed” but Jim’s quote was fair and cost effective.  He is a true professional and we will use his services again next year.  I highly recommend his Pressure Power Services.
Yvette Baker, BeavertonMay 2, 2015
Last week I had Pressure Power pressure wash my driveway and back yard stamped concrete areas as a Father’s Day surprise. My very persnickety husband was so pleased with the results.   Jim Boucher showed up on time and did the job efficiently and with a smile, and in half the amount of time it would have taken without professional equipment.   What a rare pleasure it is to find a contractor like that! Worth every penny. I feel lucky to have discovered him.
                                                                                          
Jacquie HeydenrychJune 22, 2015