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Five Roof Cleaning Tips

FIVE ROOF CLEANING TIPS

This FIVE ROOF CLEANING TIPS post is helpful for anyone providing professional roof cleaning service.  If you are new to the pressure washing industry, you may not be able to provide roof cleaning service at the start.  But as you grow your business, you can purchase equipment and expand the services you offer.  Roof cleaning is certainly a great service to add for any pressure washing business.  I hope these FIVE ROOF CLEANING TIPS help you decide if this service is right for your company.

MOSS AND LICHEN

Setting customer expectations is the first of my FIVE ROOF CLEANING TIPS when dealing with moss and lichen.  It’s important that the customer understands that moss and lichen will not be removed from the roof.  It will change color and usually turns white.  We explain that the mix we use will kill the moss and lichen, which is why it turns white.  With wind and rainfall over time, it will eventually loosen from the tiles but we never discuss a specific time frame.  We suggest explaining that it didn’t get there over night, so it won’t go away over night either.  Using pressure to attempt to remove moss and lichen from the roof will only do more damage to the integrity of the roof.

SPRAYING TECHNIQUE

The second of the FIVE ROOF CLEANING TIPS is DO NOT FLOOD THE ROOF!  The shingles just need to be wet but when water runs off, you’re simply wasting product and could possibly harm plant life below.  We use our 10 Gallon Per Minute Kingslinger soft wash system with a 2 Gallon Per Minute tip. This helps me control and preserve solution.

REMAINING TIPS

For the full details of the remaining FIVE ROOF CLEANING TIPS, be sure and watch the entire video.  We demonstrate use of Tyvek House Wrap from Lowe’s to assist with property protection.  Wetting plants before, during, and after the project is important to protecting the plant life from any degree of damage.  I also explain the use of guns versus using a ball valve.  If this post has been helpful, here is another one you might be interested in.

by Doug Rucker Doug Rucker

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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