Pelican Pressure Washing and Paint’s team is planning to build on a successful first year of operation. After initially specializing in pressure washing and cleaning, owner Stephanie Bleau and executive project manager Dan Russell have incorporated painting into the business, which provides services to commercial, residential and industrial customers and clients.
“Dan and I are both experienced painters,” says Stephanie, who also excels in home décor and interior design, “and together we have many years of combined customer service.”
Dan previously worked in the pressure-washing field for Pelican Cleaning, which ceased operations three years ago.
“I was the first employee when it started up in 2001; just a kid out of high school,” says Dan. “We didn’t buy or take over that company; we are a new business.”
Changing the name was considered, but because Dan helped build the former company with John Goudreault and the name had been known in the community for more than a decade, Dan and Stephanie decided to keep the first half of the old moniker. As a result, Pelican Pressure Washing and Paint was born.
“We are a brand new company with a fresh outlook, ready to serve our community,” says Stephanie, “and we plan to continue providing our service for years to come.”
Pelican’s painting services include interior and exterior projects, and any jobs requiring the refinishing of any and all types of wood furniture, structural steel and iron. Along with his painting and pressure washing experience, Dan is the only technician certified by Phil Ackland Training for cleaning commercial exhaust systems on the Sunshine Coast.
Hot and/or cold pressure washing can be effective in many areas, including concrete, driveways and sidewalks, sun decks, balconies and stairs, and is also well suited for stripping paint. A variety of siding can also benefit from pressure washing, as can boats and vehicles. For homeowners, keeping gutters, awnings and downspouts clear of debris is of utmost importance.
“Good flowing gutters prevent clogged downspouts and potential damage to your house,” explains Dan.
A clean roof prevents moisture from accumulating. If not removed, debris promotes rot and decay of shingles. Despite what some people may think, cedar shake and asphalt roofs can be pressure washed.
“With the right application of pressure and proper techniques, removing moss and other build up can increase the life of a roof,” says Dan.
Pelican has pumps and nozzles available for a variety of work. A 2500-PSI (pounds per square inch) unit is used for jobs requiring more finesse, such as roofs and vinyl siding.
“Choosing the right nozzle is key to getting the job done safely and efficiently,” says Dan.
A 3500-PSI unit is excellent for cleaning concrete and clearing parking lots of rocks, dust, cigarette butts and other debris. Pelican also uses its equipment to clear perimeter drains and sewer lines for customers. Detergents are not generally used in day-to-day operations, but are sometimes necessary. Pelican uses only environmentally friendly and biodegradable products.
Regardless of the size or scope of a project, Stephanie and Dan focus on exceeding customer expectations with reliability, punctuality and attention to detail.
“John told me years ago that being self-employed is like having the whole community as your boss,” says Dan.
Current Pelican clients include Safeway, First Credit Union, Putters Mini-Golf, Superior Propane, City Transfer, Mother Nature and many restaurants.
“Pelican is back and under new management,” says Dan. “We plan to be adding many other local companies in the near future.”
Pelican is a proud member of Powell River Chamber of Commerce and Powell River Salmon Society.
“We not only work in our community, but with our community,” says Stephanie. “We had a great first year and are looking forward to many more to come.”