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ROOF CLEANING TIPS

ROOF CLEANING TIPS

Here are a few ROOF CLEANING TIPS that will help any pressure washing business.  Anytime we use bleach or other detergents to provide exterior cleaning service, we must consider the environment.  What are the immediate surroundings around the areas being cleaned?  Where does water runoff flow and how would this affect the surroundings?  Evaluate the entire drainage system throughout the whole property.  These vital ROOF CLEANING TIPS also apply to any exterior cleaning job, whether residential or commercial.

PROPERTY PROTECTION

You will want to be aware of any ponds or lakes located on the property when providing any exterior cleaning service.  But it’s especially vital when cleaning a roof with gutters that are connected directly to the pond.  These ponds are most likely filled with fish and are important to protect.  You’ll want to verify with the homeowner whether wildlife is present.  Discussing the risk to wildlife present in ponds and lakes was an important priority for us so that we would be released from any liability.  In this case, we did confirm the presence of 800 KOI fish.

We also confirmed gutters are connected to the ponds for runoff.  This means our cleaning mix will come down off the roof and into the ponds.  So obviously, we cannot have our routine bleach mix going into the pond as this would definitely have an adverse affect on the fish.  Here is entire ROOF CLEANING TIPS video.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY for ROOF CLEANING

This particular customer indicated that it would not be a problem at all to lose some of the Koi fish.  However, we made it clear that we did not want any wildlife to be harmed.  At the same time, we did ensure that part of the written estimate agreement included being held harmless for any loss of wildlife.

COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL when ROOF CLEANING

The solution for this particular challenge was unhooking the gutter system from the ponds.  In its place, we were able to use 5 gallon buckets bags to collect roof water runoff.  We then properly disposed on the roof water runoff.  In addition, we advised the customer regarding when to establish gutter connection to the pond.  We advised allowing two good rainfalls to before reconnecting the gutter system to the pond.  You will most likely run in other similar scenarios that require creative solutions to protect the environment.  This would include wildlife, plant life, pets, and of course people.

PLANT LIFE

You will surely find very delicate plant life when roof cleaning which require special attention.  For instance, in this case there is a beautiful hibiscus plant in bloom.  These type of delicate plants can burn very easily from even small traces of bleach.  We use tyvek to completely cover the plant along with clamps attaching to the gutter.  You will also see in this video how we use the same technique to protect other plants around the home.  You can find additional roof cleaning tips on this video as well.  And for additional information on my online video school, check out this link.

 

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