Get The Best House Washing Service in Three Rivers MI
House Washing in Three Rivers MI isn’t a subject most homeowners really have talked – or even thought – about that often.
While having a clean house is important, to ‘clean house’ usually brings to mind mopping the floors and dusting the shelves.
Miller Soft Wash offers House Washing in Three Rivers MI and the surrounding areas.
For those that have thought about house washing in Three Rivers MI, it can be a bit of a mystery as how to get started. Is it as simple as hooking up the hose and aiming it at the house? Are detergents needed? How do you protect your yard during the washing?
Luckily for the residents of Michigan, House washing is our expertise. You don’t need to worry about researching anything about house washing – we have it covered. If you’d like to know a bit more about our methods and why our customers come back to us time and time again – just keep reading. We’ll share some insider secrets with you.
Power Washing vs Soft Washing in Three Rivers MI
You’ve probably seen the term “power washing” pop up quite a bit if you’ve been researching House Washing in Three Rivers MI. One term you probably haven’t seen as much, however, is “soft washing.” Let’s take a look at the differences between the two.
To power wash a house, you need specialized equipment that can shoot highly pressurized hot water. The nozzle should be focused on a tight area, which increases the pressure of the water.
Power washing can be a great tool when cleaning things such as concrete, patios and driveways. Without power washing, you’d have to get on your hands and knees and scrub or clean the small areas with a scrub brush.
Power washing is not great for house washing, however. If your house is made of wood, there’s a possibility of splintering. One thing you definitely don’t want is for water to be sprayed up under the siding and get water behind the siding which can cause damage. High pressure can also leave lines and marks all over your siding no matter what the material is.
What is the difference between the Term Soft Wash and Power Washing/Pressure Washing?
Although soft wash, power washing and pressure washing seem similar they all use different techniques, equipment, pressure and chemicals.
Power washing and pressure washing use a much more powerful water pressure than soft washing and power washing is typically done with much hotter water than pressure washing. The Soft Washing method is combined with a biodegradable disinfecting cleaning solution to kill the mold, mildew, bacteria, algae, fungus, moss and more.
When should you use the Soft Wash method?
Soft Wash should be used on surfaces that are notoriously hard to get clean with pressure or would be damaged if one were to use high pressure on them such as windows, roof shingles, screens, wood paneling, etc. Soft washing was originally designed for the purpose of cleaning algae off of roof shingles.
Why should you Soft Wash your roof?
Gloeocapsa Magma (algae) is common on roofs and often leaves signature black streaks all over your shingles. This substance thrives in humidity and hot temperatures and spreads out, having a destructive effect on your roof. It feeds off the moisture that certain types of shingles hold on to.
While the roof is effected, it begins to lose its ability to reflect UV rays and eventually rots the shingles. This has been said to effect roofs severely and can take up to 10 years off the life of a roof. Soft washing is the only way to effectively remove this algae without damaging the shingles and voiding any warranty.
The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Associationrecommends low-pressure bleach or detergent assisted washing as the preferred method for cleaning asphalt roofs in order to prevent damage to the shingles.
Pressure washing a roof, even at low pressure, can and will void your warranty and cause granular loss. This means that the integrity of the roof tiles will be compromised due to damage from the intense pressure of the water.
In addition, power-washing only scrubs the surface of the roof without removing the root systems that have grown in, around, and under the tiles.
The Soft Wash technique eliminates all plant, fungal, and bacterial life and any dirt and grime from the roof safely, returning it to its original color with no risk of damage to the roofing materials
How do you Soft Wash?
First you prepare your surrounding area and protect any plants or grass you have around the surface area you are cleaning. Then, you prepare the solution (more on that below).
Once the solution is prepared, load it into an agricultural sprayer to apply to the surface you are cleaning. Soft washing runs water through a pump and hose with very little pressurization.
The pump can also direct the cleaning solution mixture through the hose. Then the hose is directed at the surface being cleaned and the water mixture is sprayed out.
The soft wash system normally consists of higher concentration of cleaning solutions and a higher volume of water versus pressure. Application is gentle, with less pressure than what comes out of your garden hose.
WHAT EQUIPMENT IS USED TO SOFT WASH?
In order to Soft Wash, you will need a soft wash system as pictured below which can be obtained from several different retailers such as SIMPSON and JN Equipment. You will also need to use the right nozzles depending on what pressure you are using.
Our House Washing Method For Residents of Three Rivers MI
While house washing may sound like an easy job, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Some things that make us unique to the Indiana house washing industry are:
- Customized Approach – While not all homes look the same, they also aren’t all made of the same materials. Different houses require different cleaning methods.
- Bio-Degradable Detergents – Along with our customized approach comes customized detergents. Not all detergents work on all materials. We like to use bio degradable detergents so as not to pollute the environment.
- Soft Washing – As previously mentioned, soft washing is our method of choice for your House Washing needs. Soft washing not only makes your home spotless but also greatly decreases the risk of damage.
The biggest reason to hire a house washing service is to take advantage of the expertise. It’s taken years of experience to become experts in knowing how to wash each individual home. No matter what your home is made of, you can rest assured that we have experience washing it.
- Vinyl – Areas around the windows and door frames must be washed carefully and a specialized solution used to avoid damage.
- Stucco – This is such a delicate surface that a soft wash system must be used further away from the house.
- Wood – Soft washing is especially important when dealing with wood, as high pressures could cause wood to splinter. We also take care to soft wash the wood before applying detergents.
- Brick/Stone/Concrete – Since these materials are so porous, we soft wash them before applying detergents. If detergents are applied first, it can be impossible to fully rinse the detergent out.
- Aluminum – Care must be taken as to the angle of the nozzle so that water does not become trapped under the panel overlaps. If the wrong detergent is used as well, the aluminum could become discolored.
If your home is made of a different material, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have experience with plenty more types of homes, which has given us the expertise that our customers trust.
Why House Washing Is So Important
One question we’ve heard often is “Why even bother with house washing?” Let us answer this question for you.
- Protection – It’s imperative that your house be protected against fungus, mold, and algae. Not only are these things unsightly, but they like to trap water against the house. Trapped water means costly damage to your house’s siding.
- Home Restoration – One benefit of house washing is the pride it brings homeowners. If you enjoy spending time outside, wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful view of your clean home?
- Increased Curb Appeal – If you plan on selling your home in House Washing Syracuse IN is one of the most important things you can do. Houses that have been recently washed sell for more money than those that have not. The outside of your house is also what invites people in – so you want it to make a good impression on potential buyers.
Only at Miller Soft Wash will you get a 1-year green free house washing guarantee on our service. We want our customers to be satisfied 110% with our services, which is why we’re able to say we have so many repeat customers.
If there are any issues with the service and you’re unsatisfied at all, we’ll either fix the problem or you don’t have to pay.
Three Rivers MI
Three Rivers MI is a city in St. Joseph County, Michigan. The population was 7,973 at the time of the 2020 census. Three Rivers derives its name from its location at the confluence of the St. Joseph River and two tributaries, the Rocky and Portage rivers. The St. Joseph River flows into Lake Michigan. Wikipedia
Population: 7,953 (2021)
Area: 5.83 mi²
THREE RIVERS HISTORY
The exerpts written out below are from a small booklet entitled,
“St. Joseph County Historical Review and Business Guide”
written and compiled in 1932 by Roy D. F. Sowers, Historian. If you have
an interest in other St. Joseph County histories, click here to go
to a chart listing the other available histories
Three Rivers being located in Lockport township, it is necessary that the history of that township be taken up first.
Lockport township, originally was much larger than at present, was organized in 1829, later re-organized in 1833 and has been re-organized as we find it today. In general it was like the other townships of St. Joe county being well drained containing prairie land covered with light timber of the Burr Oak variety, level except as it became rolling and heavy timbered near the rivers. Its soil was the usual sandy loam. It did have one noticeable difference from the other townships-it has very little swamp land. It contains several lakes and four rivers-they are: St. Joseph, Portage, Rocky and Hog Creek (now called Prairie) rivers. They all join the St. Joe in Lockport township-three meeting at the city of Three Rivers.
In 1828, Jacob MCINTERFER of Wayne county, Ohio, came here and selected a mile square section of land west of the Rocky river. He brought his wife and seven children here in the spring of 1829. The ROWENS, ARMSTRONG and DAVIS families, neighbors from Ohio accompanied him. The latter three families settling around Mottville. The MCINTERFER family lived in their wagons and a makeshift shanty until their log cabin was completed in the summer. He had a power site on his land and started to build a mill but was overtaken by death in 1831 and his mill was bought and finished by Mishael BEADLE. MCINTERFER‘s death was the first in the township, his funeral services were the first religious services. The first birth and death of a child, was MCINTERFER‘s granddaughter, the daughter of Solomon Mclnterfer. The first marriages in the community were the daughters of MCINTERFER. Mary was married to David WINCHILL in November, 1830, and Sarah married William MCINTOSH, the same year. The first school was held in MCINTERFER‘s log cabin which was the first log cabin built. “Father” ARNEY was the school teacher. MCINTERFER was the first white man to till the soil and sow crops. George BUCK and family were the next settlers to locate here, coming in 1830. He built a double log house in the 2nd Ward of the present city of Three Rivers. It was the first Tavern. It was the center of all social and political gatherings for several years. The first convention was held here and it is related Mrs. BUCK, unassisted prepared the dinner for 75 people. Geo. BUCK was the 2nd man to farm in this locality, was the 1st postmaster for years and planted the first apple orchard.
Chas. B. FITCH, afterwards Judge of Circuit Court, was the next family head to locate here. He had several hundred acres in section 31 just south of Three Rivers. After living a year in White Pigeon he selected this land because of a power site on Hog Creek. Several of this family still live in the county.
Mishael BEADLE arrived in 1831 and located on the west side of the Rocky river. He bought and finished the MCINTERFER mill which was dropped at MCINTERFER‘s death. Mr. BEADLE built the first two frame houses.
Later familes to arrive were: John H. BOWMAN, Philip HOFFMAN, Borden HICKS, Eli BRISTOL, Burroughs MOORE, William ARNEY, WOLF and two sons, Joseph P. STERLING, A. C. PRUTZMAN, Edward S. MOORE, Joseph P. MILLARD, Elisha MILLARD, John M. LELAND, Hezekiah WEATHERBEE, FISH brothers of Fish lake, William ARMITAGE, Chas. F. THOMS, a Swiss soldier under Napoleon and his two sons, George W. GARDNER and his brother John H. GARDNER who later became the largest land owner in the township, Andrew GOODE, George LELAND, Washington GASCON, William and John I. MAJOR.
John LELAND erected a saw-mill on his land and later introduced the first improved farm machinery. He made some improvements on the machinery and, being a good mechanic, started to use the power in his mill to manufacture reapers and threshing machines. His mill was the first to be run by “friction” drive instead of cog wheels. The largest Red Cedar tree in Michigan was found on his land being almost four feet in diameter and was taken to the Centennial Exhibition. In later years he built a fine, large home that is still standing below the site of the Sturgis Dam.
Mint raising was started in 1848 and eventually the WOLF brothers became the largest raisers of it, wormwood and spearmint.
Pure bred stock raising did not start until 1860. First land enteries were made in 1829. John HOFFMAN planted the first peach orcahrd in 1833 adn Wm ARNEY planted a large orchard the following year. The first road was laid out by Mathew ROWEN in June 1833, from White Pigeon to north side of Lockport township.
The first male white child was Asa BEAR, son of John BEAR.
Harvey HUNT of Constantine operated the first stage coach and mail route from White Pigeon through Lockport township to Bronson (now Kalamazoo). The first brick house in the township was built by John YOUNG.
The present city covers three plats. The first plat was made by Christopher SINNAMAN in July, 1830 and called “Moab.” It was located in the 3rd Ward of the present city. The second plat was made by Geo. BUCK and Jacob MCINTERFER in June 1831, called “St. Joseph” and was located where the 2nd Ward is today. Great things were anticipated for both of these villages. Concessions were made to the county to have the court house located here and it was decided to build it here. Later it was reconsidered and as Centreville offered more liberal inducements it was built there. In December 1836, five pioneers, including Geo. BUCK, platted the village of “Lockport.” It was located in the south part of the present city and is still called Lockport by some of the old-timers. An immense power project was planned there and stock was sold and a canal and other work started but the panic of 1837 broke most of the “backers” and it was forgotten. In Nov. 1836, the Hon. John H. BOWMAN platted out a village and called it Three Rivers. It was located in the Ist Ward. It grew and thrived. In 1871 the city extended its corporate limits to take in Lockport as the 2nd Ward, “Canada” as 3rd Ward, located west of Rocky and east of the Portage and between St. Joseph rivers as the 4th Ward. The village of Three Rivers being the lst Ward. John H. BOWMAN was the first settler on the old village site but Jacob MEINTERFERand Geo. BUCK were settlers on the site of the city as it is now.
In the summer of 1834 there were only six families living in Three Rivers, Burroughs MOORE, Mr. DAWLEYS, WEATHERBEE, BOWMAN, Lewis FROST and John LELAND. Only three of these had houses. The BOWMAN and LELAND families lived in wagons and the Frost family had a “rough” shanty. Burroughs MOORE built the first frame house in the village, and operated it as a Tavern later. Some of the first arrivals in Three Rivers were: Elisha and Thomas MILLARD, Jos. A. SMITH, Wm. R. ECK, Joseph STERLING, C. B. HOFFMAN, Ezra COLE, and M. SEYDLE. In the manufacturing line there were several blacksmith shops, grist-mills, saw-mills, woolen, carding and cloth factory, manufacture of corn shelters, two carriage makers, wagon factory, distillery, factory making axe-handles and wheel spokes, two paper mills, brick kiln, soap factory, two pump factories and a plow works, the “Invincible Vibrating Threshers” and Cultivators, two cigar makers, and a manufacture of hats for men. Among the first merchants were SMITH & BOWMAN (located on the present site of the Three Rivers House), J. & B. EDDY, MOSELEY, J. GREGORY (tailor), Dr. E. A. EAGERY, MOORE & PRUTZMAN, were all early pioneers. MOORE and CARLTON each built hotels, Washington GASCON, made “keel-boats” in 1836-7, B. MOORE designed the first “ark” boats and E. MILLARDbuilt them, first boat “Kitty Kiddungo” carried flour to Chicago. MOORE & PRUTZMANbuilt their own boats and shipped grain and flour to Chicago. Lumber for the boats were “whip-sawed.” Two railroads were eventually built, the Michigan Air Line was built to the Indiana state line and a branch through Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids. The first rails were wood with strap iron nailed on top. The all iron T-rails were eventually laid making it modern and permitting trains to travel at the terrific (?) speed of 30 miles per hour. The first bank was formed in 1864 and the second in 1872.
Mr. LYON and Mr. HEWITT were the first attorneys. The first school house built was of logs, 24x3O feet in size, located in Lockport in 1837. It had 46 students and a library. An old French Trading Post stood near the LaSalle city park. It was operated by CASSAWAYand Lewis GIBSON. A Presbyterian, Baptist, Lutheran, and Methodist churches were built. The Masonic, Odd Fellows and Patrons of Husbandry lodges were formed. In the early days ARNEY‘s Silver Cornet band was a real musical organization. The Magnetic Springs Sanitarium was a busy institution operated by Mr. SILLIMAN. The building is still standing near the St. Joe river and center of the city. Riverside cemetery was laid out in 1858. The first cemeteries were the old Bowman and Oak Dale. The civil war record of Three Rivers was very good.
The site of Three Rivers is rich in Indian legends, telling about the early Indian wars between different tribes for the location, early French trading posts, the bitter fights and law suits between the three early villages.
Today, Three Rivers is a modern city, Commission form of government, municipal owned water, electric and sewer systems, gas plant, fire department, parks and drives, tourists park, $75,000 post office, 10 churches, 5 fine schools, $200,000 theatre, wide paved streets bordered by cement side walks and beautiful shade trees, 10 lakes within six miles, fine library, hospital and four large factories and several smaller ones. The EDDY Paper Co., FAIRBANKS-MORSE, ARMSTRONG Machine works and VAN ALSTEIN factories probably being the largest. The active Chamber of Commerce and live merchants make it a desirable city to live in.