View Poll Results: Should pressure washing companies be licensed??

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Thread: Should pressure washing companies be licensed

  1. #41

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    When Henry Posted this a few day back, I was 100% for it. Now I would likly say I'm not sure.

    I guess it would all depend on the way it was handled. Tony make a great point, once they get in they just keep regulating until we are on the outside looking in.

  • #42

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Musgraves View Post
    I Agree, it not going to change it much. The criminal thing burns me because we operate in a community called Robson. Its a private retirement community an we service common area.

    It a large residential setting, contractors kept robbing old people. Over charging an some flat stealing stuff.

    Now we have to have every employee that comes thru the gate background tested by there people. The cost is not 50 bucks, try 150..

    Of course we pass that on to them, this started making me think. Did it improve the service? Are the actual home owners safer? will I sleep better knowing my own help are not guys that have been convicted of crimes?

    They started this three years ago, because they are a city within themselves they keep track of stats. They practically eliminated the problems.

    This was done because they are simply private enterprize, we know in the real world this stuff doesnt work. Why because those crooks just moved to easy pray. You cant protect everyone.
    Perfect example of how things work in the private sector but will fail miserably if done with the heavy hand of government.

  • #43

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    The sad thing about this whole discussion so far is that very few people are voting. What's the matter with you all, don't you have an opinion on this? Don't you think the pressure washing industry has evolved enough that there should be some type of licensing for it? A licensing requirement will also give some credit to PWing as an industry.

    VOTE!
    Henry Bockman 301-216-9675
    Henry's Housework Inc & Commercial Restorations
    13433 Tilford Court Germantown, MD 20874

  • #44

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    By all means. I think it hurts our industry by not having it licensed. I see these Datsun pick ups with these little washers. No ID on the trucks. They undercut the industry with less than avg. quality of work. Customer gets upset and our industry gets a bad name.

    Here in California, at least for garage cleaning, they are requiring that you get a discharge permit at the minimum. You need to prove that your rig is able to do the work and that your equipment meets the requirements set forth by the EPA for disposal of Class II Hazardous Waste. That sure weeded out the undesirables.

    I think that we need more requirements for each of the fields of pressure washing so that it becomes specialized.

    Look it, I am a garage cleaner. However I know nothing about KEC. Should I just go into a restaurant and start doing exhaust under a fly by night name; a business lic that I just got yesterday? When I screw up... no problem. Just close that one down and go get another business lic and start all over.

    I would expect that field to have requirements for my company to follow and fines if I do not. Just because I have a pressure washer, doesn't mean I know everything about all fields of the industry.

    I know garages. thats what I stay with. I have 20 years experience in the parking garage field. Unless I have some standardize training, I should not go into fleet washing, KEC or any other type of pressure washing work until I do get trained. The state should be encouraged to help standardize the field.


    That's my 2 cents.

  • #45

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Bockman View Post
    The sad thing about this whole discussion so far is that very few people are voting. What's the matter with you all, don't you have an opinion on this? Don't you think the pressure washing industry has evolved enough that there should be some type of licensing for it? A licensing requirement will also give some credit to PWing as an industry.

    VOTE!
    sic code would mean more

  • #46

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    There are government codes for pressure washing now. I don't remember what they are, or if they are sic, naics or what but they do have them.

    They are also broken down to:

    exterior building cleaning
    steam cleaning
    graffiti removal
    pressure & power washing

    There may be more also.
    Henry Bockman 301-216-9675
    Henry's Housework Inc & Commercial Restorations
    13433 Tilford Court Germantown, MD 20874

  • #47

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    STILL no one has said how a $50 license will add credibility to anything or eliminate the hacks. You cant just say it will and make it so..........HOW? Heres a hint.....................IT WONT!

    There has been a large certifying body in KEC for many many..........many years. I know certification is not the same as licinsing, but there are governments out there that require licinsing, and to get licensed you have to be certified by this particular body. So some areas require licensing AND certification. And all this can cost thousands of dollars. You would think everyones problems would be solved.............all the hack gone...........all the consumers protected......guess what. Just as many hacks as there were before. What is scary is that there seems to be an abnormal amount of hacks with this certification. I guess they think they can hide behind the logo and certification.

    Im telling you, licensing will do nothing to do what you think its going to.

  • #48

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim@GarageCleaning View Post
    By all means. I think it hurts our industry by not having it licensed. I see these Datsun pick ups with these little washers. No ID on the trucks. They undercut the industry with less than avg. quality of work. Customer gets upset and our industry gets a bad name.

    Here in California, at least for garage cleaning, they are requiring that you get a discharge permit at the minimum. You need to prove that your rig is able to do the work and that your equipment meets the requirements set forth by the EPA for disposal of Class II Hazardous Waste. That sure weeded out the undesirables.

    I think that we need more requirements for each of the fields of pressure washing so that it becomes specialized.

    Look it, I am a garage cleaner. However I know nothing about KEC. Should I just go into a restaurant and start doing exhaust under a fly by night name; a business lic that I just got yesterday? When I screw up... no problem. Just close that one down and go get another business lic and start all over.

    I would expect that field to have requirements for my company to follow and fines if I do not. Just because I have a pressure washer, doesn't mean I know everything about all fields of the industry.

    I know garages. thats what I stay with. I have 20 years experience in the parking garage field. Unless I have some standardize training, I should not go into fleet washing, KEC or any other type of pressure washing work until I do get trained. The state should be encouraged to help standardize the field.


    That's my 2 cents.
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  • #49

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    I agree with Tony and Roger in the little that I have read of this thread, you guys are crazy for wanting to get the govt involved and crazy if you really think it will add credibility, how about you add credibility to what you do and let the govt keep its hands in the other messes they create

  • #50

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    Lots of good thoughts posted on this subject. While my emotions would tell me, yes we should license , my brain tells me it won't make a difference. Georgia recently passed requirements for builders. Several different classifications and anyone who wants to be a builder/remodeler must now have a GC license. Even with licensed companies now performing work you still hear the stories of the bad contactors that screwed the customer and or did lousy work. Having a license is no gaurantee that you do quality work.

    The government can't do much of anything right and letting them set standards and enforcement for the industry is probably a waste of time. I think orgs like the UaMcc can do more to promote the industry and give it credibility than the government will ever be able to do. It will take time and money. In only three and a half years in this business I have seen a lot of damage and heard many stories from homeowners about poor quality work, damage to property, etc. I don't think requiring a company to have a license will change that.

    I do agree with what Jim that depending on what you do, before you are issued a business license you should prove you have the proper equipment to do the job.
    Doug Dahlke
    Square One Enterprises
    Newnan, Georgia
    770-362-6230
    www.4squareone.com

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