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Thread: Should pressure washing companies be licensed

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    Default Should pressure washing companies be licensed

    I'd like to get as many people as possible to vote on this...

    Think about it for a minute, we work with pretty extreme pressure, temperatures, and some pretty nasty chemicals to do our jobs.

    Take into consideration that some deck strippers are rated at 13 on the Ph scale.

    Some of the acids we use are rated at 1 or 2 on the Ph scale.

    Think about the amount of damage that 4,000 PSI can cause in inexperienced hands to wood, siding and concrete.

    Should'nt there be some type of protection for consumers against these extremes?

    I honestly believe that pressure washing should have it's own government codes (Cage ect) We have those now!

    We should have our own insurance codes. We have those now I heard!

    Wouldn't the next logical step to make pressure washing a recognized industry be some type of licensing requirements? This will also help to seperate us from companies that are working for extra cash on weekends, and to help raise the bar and protect consumers.


    I vote yes, pressure washing companies should be licensed.
    Henry Bockman 301-216-9675
    Henry's Housework Inc & Commercial Restorations
    13433 Tilford Court Germantown, MD 20874

  • #2

    Default Re: Should pressure washing companies be licensed

    PA now requires a license for home improvements...pressure washing falls into the "improvement" part by definition.

    I got my number in my signature
    Gary Schell

    717-877-0459

  • #3

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    I voted yes.
    Michael Kreisle
    First Choice Power Washing LLC
    Lexington, KY 859-983-5955
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  • #4

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    I voted yes < its a grey area here in CT Painters are classified under Home improvement , and have to be liscenced ,pressure cleaners do not , doesn't make much cents to me, , could be more $$ for the state .
    Marc Cournoyer
    Comes A Time Powerwashing
    35 Secret Lake Rd
    Canton CT 06019

    860-693-1465 H
    860-205-3516 C

  • #5

    Default Re: Should pressure washing companies be licensed

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Bockman View Post
    I'd like to get as many people as possible to vote on this...

    Think about it for a minute, we work with pretty extreme pressure, temperatures, and some pretty nasty chemicals to do our jobs.

    Take into consideration that some deck strippers are rated at 13 on the Ph scale.

    Some of the acids we use are rated at 1 or 2 on the Ph scale.

    Think about the amount of damage that 4,000 PSI can cause in inexperienced hands to wood, siding and concrete.

    Should'nt there be some type of protection for consumers against these extremes?

    I honestly believe that pressure washing should have it's own government codes (Cage ect) We have those now!

    We should have our own insurance codes. We have those now I heard!

    Wouldn't the next logical step to make pressure washing a recognized industry be some type of licensing requirements? This will also help to seperate us from companies that are working for extra cash on weekends, and to help raise the bar and protect consumers.


    I vote yes, pressure washing companies should be licensed.

    Henry, why not devote all your advertising budget and your website to educating those poor "consumers" who need protecting?

    Consumers are protected when legitimate companies share information with each other, work together and help each other. Car trunk pressure washers don't even have a BUSINESS license now and they don't care. Misdemeanor? So what? What do they care? They eventually have a breakdown and can't afford to fix the equipment and go out of business. It's just like gun laws, make a law against it and the only ones breaking the law are the ones who don't care about the law anyway.

    Does this have more to do with drawing a fence around established companies to make it extremely difficult for someone young like DJ with a lot of ambition, but no money to get into the business? I'm not saying that is your motive Henry, I'm just saying that is the first most obvious motive for anyone suggesting licensing.

    When it all boils down there are only a couple of reasons to even consider licensing PW companies. Which of these do you agree with?

    1) To raise more money through the state the same way licensing does now. That is why licensing fees are considered a TAX.
    2) To make it difficult for entry into the business to protect existing interests.

    When will we learn?

    How many guys who've built up good profitable businesses will be knocked out because of past legal problems? How many good, honest businessmen will be regulated out of business? How much more will we have to pay for supplies when your talk about harsh chemicals results in the interference of the government making them almost impossible to get?

    What about freon? Anybody used to be able to buy freon. Some idiot tree hugger with no evidence claimed it harmed the ozone layer. It was almost 20 years before the idiot's claim was proven to be 100% FALSE, but an entire section of government had already been created to deal with a non-existent threat and because of that I can't even juice up my own air conditioner anymore. AND LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PRICE!!!

    You're asking for the wind. If you get it you will reap the whirlwind.

    The chemicals you are speaking of can be purchased by anyone. Licensing pressure washers will do nothing but add another tax that you have to pay each year. This is an open end tax that will do nothing but go up.

    Any Joe homeowner can buy a 4000 psi pressure washer. How is licensing PW'ers going to protect them? Because if you have to raise your prices to cover legal expenses and training required by licensing more and more of those poor consumers are going to resort to doing it themselves.

    What's keeping you from getting a contractors license now and pointing out to your customers how more "legit" you are because you are licensed?

    I vote no. This is one industry where some one with a little money, a lot of integrity and a lot of ambition can start with nothing and go a long way.

    Is licensing currently in the talks or on the agenda? An official stance on this from the UAMCC would be appreciated.
    Sonitx
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  • #6

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    In CT I pay $163.00 per year to be liscenced , that isn't much money to show Im serious about being accountable for what I do .
    Marc Cournoyer
    Comes A Time Powerwashing
    35 Secret Lake Rd
    Canton CT 06019

    860-693-1465 H
    860-205-3516 C

  • #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comes A Time View Post
    In CT I pay $163.00 per year to be liscenced , that isn't much money to show Im serious about being accountable for what I do .
    I pay more than twice that for my BUSINESS licenses also. But that's not what were talking about here. What's being discussed is "industry" licensing, like an HVAC license or a Doctor's license or an Attorney's license.

    Correct me if I'm wrong Henry.
    Sonitx
    702-358-7477





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  • #8

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    I understand ,again Im for it if it separates us from the uneducated weekend warriors (not everyone) that will screw up someones house and not be accountable . If I were a educated consumer I would want a licensed washing contractor with references to wash my home to assure the best possible results . We need to educate our customers (possible customers ) that the pressure cleaning industry isn't just a bunch of guys spraying water around.That we are serious about what we do . and we will pay the premium to prove it .
    Marc Cournoyer
    Comes A Time Powerwashing
    35 Secret Lake Rd
    Canton CT 06019

    860-693-1465 H
    860-205-3516 C

  • #9

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    Yup I definitely support licensing in our industry. I also support that if it was to happen to enforce it by going after the ones who will continue on Pressure Washing without being licensed and insured. This will add value to our industry and to us as legitimate business owners. If anyone wants to get into this business then they should be able to get the funds together to be Licensed and insured no matter what. Like driving a car. If your not licensed then you better not get caught driving. I would also support Certifications to be recognized. Anything to make us move up the ladder in the professional industry I would look to support....within reason of course.

  • #10

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    In a part of Florrida named St. Johns County (Lance knows it) as a painter you had to actually pay 300-400 dollars and go before a review board/panel to answer questions. Then they still had to approve you before you got a license. My Uncle let his expire and we were on the job painting when these guys with guns on their side came up and told us to cease our work. I turned around like who in the...then saw the guns. Those guys were serious.

    I told them as soon as we get the piece of paper that comes from a tree will the liberals who allowed you to consume the natural resources creating a huge carbon footprint allow us to operate my Families business?

    They kind of frown on that kind of talk needless to say...

    My Papa went before the board. They asked him how long he was in business at that time and it was like over 60 years. They all laughed and ordered the fee for the license to be paid and that was that. If one of the newer guys answered that question honestly you would have been nailed with a huge fine.

    I think the license is only as valuable as they can enforce it.
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