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STONE COATED ROOF CLEANING

STONE COATED ROOF CLEANING

STONE COATED ROOF CLEANING is important to understand if you own a pressure washing business.  Decra is one of the most popular brands of stone coated roofing materials.  They are actually metal roofing with a grit type coating applied to the surface.  To the average eye, they look identical to a regular shingle or tile roof.  This is still a relatively new product line and we do not run across many of these in our business in Houston.  But have provided roof cleaning service for several customers in the last few years.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

In this video, I am able to show you precisely what the underside of it looks like.  When you are providing stone coated roof cleaning service, it’s important to remember a few things.  First, you can the difference because you do not see the kind of layers noticeable on traditional roofing materials.  Second, it important to know that it is more expensive to install stone coated roofing.  However, the cost is offset as they last much longer.  In some cases, they will last two to three times longer than the others.

CLEANING PROCESS

When it comes to stone coated roof cleaning, we have always used our standard bleach mixture.  This means typically a 30-40 mixture of bleach to water.  And sometimes we also use a light soap.  Here is a link to one of the cleaning solutions we use as needed.  Rinsing will usually depend on landscaping underneath, gutters and things of that nature.  Manufacturers do provide a list cleaning agents they recommend, but we have found they do not work as well.  In fact, we have been called upon to clean in some cases after recommended agents were tried and failed.  This is when educating the customer becomes a very important strategy for stone coated roof cleaning.

WALKING ON THE ROOF

For stone coated roof cleaning, some argue that you should never walk on the roof.  But we have been able to walk on them without any damage occurring.  Here are a few key tips to keep in mind.  First, it helps to be a light weight person.  We use regular soft soled tennis shoes and not cougar paws because they are heavier and add weight.  It’s important to watch the video for details on how to walk strategically when providing stone coated roof cleaning service.  Installers walk all over them when installing, but you do need to know how to walk in such a way as to prevent damage.  Of course, you’ll need a soft wash system and we always recommend the KINGSLINGER.

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BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM

BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM

Do you wonder how to BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM?  Traditional pressure washing remains effective for many concrete surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and pool decks.  But for cleaning roof and vertical wall surfaces, we always recommend soft washing.  This helps prevent damage to the surface and other aspects of the exterior property.  In this video, I teach you how to build your own soft wash system.

SOFT WASH PUMP STATION AND AIR COMPRESSOR

To build your own soft wash system, you will need a pump station and an air compressor.  We always ship the pump station separately from the compressor to prevent damage in transit.  In fact, we use an inflatable packing material to provide maximum protection.  The pump station is two 5 gallon per minute flow jet pumps stacked together.  So it’s actually a 10 gallon per minute machine.  You cannot get a higher gallon per minute machine, even though you may see advertising stating otherwise.

ATTACHING THE TWO

To BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM, you attach the pump station to the air compressor.  Be sure and check out the full video for all the tools are steps in order to complete this step.  The cam locks can be tricky so I provide in depth suggestions for some of the complications that might arise.  We always recommend putting the cam locks on before installing the full pump station plate.

DRILLING HOLES

Drilling holes can be a challenge when you build your own soft wash system.  But the simple solution is to just remove the manifolds.  So I walk you through step by step how these come off very easily.  This will allow for drilling precisely straight holes after making a mark on all four holes.  My preference is to remove the pump station after making the marks before drilling the holes.  Slow and steady drilling is a key to this project.  Then you attach all four lock nuts to the back of the bolts and tighten.

OTHER SOFT WASH SYSTEM STEPS

There are several additional steps if you want to build your own soft wash system.  Connecting to the compressor, plumbing, and how to operate the pump station just to name a few.  Here is another great video for more information on the Kinglinsger.  I provide monthly training events in Houston that includes on the job training and classroom instruction.  It’s a great time to expand your skills and get to know a few new friends in the business!

 

 

 

 

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COBWEB REMOVAL TIPS

COBWEB REMOVAL TIPS

A repeat customer needs the front of her home cleaned before hanging Christmas decorations.  In this case, our COBWEB REMOVAL TIPS might come in handy for your pressure washing business.  The first tip is to clean any light fixtures.  This means removing the glass panels.  It’s important to clean these glass panels over the grass rather than over a concrete surface.  This reduces the chance of breaking the glass if one of them is accidently dropped.  This not a usual or normal part of the job, but our commitment and attention to detail sets us apart from the competition. We used a soft towel wiping down the inside of the fixture.  This type of superior customer service will help you retain customers and generate continuous repeat business.

COBWEB DUSTER

One of the main tools we use is a cobweb duster.  You can purchase these at home improvement stores or DIY pest control stores.  This approach means we reduce the amount of water needed for cleaning the surface after removing the cobwebs.  You always want to use the least amount of water possible when cleaning the entry way to avoid water intrusion into the home.  By using a towel and hand detailing certain areas and spaces, the visual result will be much better.  And you reduce the risk of causing damage because you can’t always little cracks and cervices where water can penetrate and create havoc.

SHOOTER TIP

We use the SLING SHOT SHOOTER TIP from the Doug Rucker Store.  At $22, this newly custom manufactured tip for us comes in three gallon per minute options.  This is for down streaming with your pressure washer.  In the picture below, you can see how this tip reaches higher then the third floor dormer window.  I spent several years testing this tip and finally got it perfected after several modifications.  It has a hex end which tightens easily into a quarter inch coupler plus.  Another one of our COBWEB REMOVAL TIPS is using RAP, which is an all purpose cleaner and surfactant at a 24-1 mix ratio.  So no bleach was needed for this project.  Consider coming to Houston for one of my two day training events this year.  It’s a great opportunity for continuing education and meeting new friends in the business.

 

Cobeweb Removal Tips

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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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KINGSLINGER DISTANCE

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE

Many potential customers inquire about Kingslinger Distance through the Doug Rucker Store.  The Kingslinger Soft Wash System can be connected to a 5 GPM or 10 GPM pressure washer.  There are options with the Kingslinger such as with or without the compressor.  Also, hose or hose reel options can be considered.  One of the variables to evaluate when considering  any soft wash system is distance.  We provide a video demonstration of with a measuring wheel.  This allows you to see what you’re actually getting in terms of distance.  Here is more information when considering pressure washing start up business equipment.

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE VIDEO DEMO

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE 45 Feet

Upon measuring in no wind conditions, we were able to get to approximately 45 feet.  This was while using an 0020 nozzle, and then an 0040 nozzle.  Adjusting the ball valve vertically will obviously affect KINGSLINGER DISTANCE.   This is extremely handy especially for roof cleaning projects.  Some distance will be lost from the ground when cleaning straight up on vertical walls.  Our estimate would be around 2 feet.  Wind will also be a factor for distance with Kingslinger, or for any soft wash system in use.  We also discuss in detail the importance of evaluating the actual dedicated pump for any product you are considering.

KINGSLINGER GF VALVES

Another option available is GF valves, which we have found to help improve flow.  You can choose between the GF or Pentair valve system.  The three valve system allows you to control the mix for water, bleach, and any other cleaning solution you might be using.  Regardless of the mix ratio or detergents used, you can still count on approximately 45 feet for KINGSLINGER DISTANCE.  There are several more Kingslinger product videos available on the product website at the bottom that might interest you as well.

 

Kingslinger Distance

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XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM

XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM

Have you ever wanted to use an XJET but without all the mist and pressure that the XJET puts out?  The good news is that you can do exactly that!  I’m going to walk you through an XJET modified for downstream.  Remember that as you are evaluating a job, you are evaluating three things.  You are looking at the surface type and stain presence, which then helps you determine which application method to use.  Application options include downstream injector, dedicated pump, XJET, or even a pump up sprayer.  The XJET is just one application for applying your bleach mix.

XJET SET UP

Here are a few preliminaries before the XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM is executed.  The XJET comes with hose, nozzle and proportion attachments that help meter the mix coming out of the XJET bucket.  Its very important when using the XJET bucket, which comes separately, to ensure the back valve is open.  This allows for ample ventilation.  Otherwise, the bucket will collapse as a result of vacuum suction upon draw.  One end of the hose will attach directly to top of the XJET bucket.

XJET MODIFICATION

The main step for an XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM is to install the main part of the XJET in between the gun and the lance of the pressure washing gun.  For more information concerning the BEST SOFT WASH GUN, click here.  Remove the quarter inch plug fitting from the XJET nozzle and the spring and orifice from inside.  Install a quarter inch threaded fitting directly into the gun.  We always recommend using teflon tape with lock seal to secure the fittings.  Next, screw the XJET fitting directly into the threaded fitting now attached to the gun.  Then there is another quarter inch  fitting with threading INSIDE which screws on to the XJET nozzle.  After you reinstall the wand, place the quarter inch coupler on the end of the wand.  Now, using the JROD for downstreaming along with the XJET modification, you have much lower pressure.  The same down streaming distance of 40 feet can be acheived with this XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM process.

X-Jet modified for downstreaming

EXTRA HOSE

The XJET arrives with an approximately 15 foot hose.  This will require needing to move the XJET bucket every 15 feet.  This will add needless time to every project that the XJET bucket is used.  We always recommend purchasing a 50 foot hose to use in place of the 15 foot hose it comes with.

XJET XTRAS

One of the great advantages of this XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM process is that your bleach mix is not running through more equipment, which means this equipment will last much longer.  In addition, this method means you will use more bleach.  This modification allows you to use your XJET as a downstream injector, which is great for post treating concrete surfaces with heavy landscape.  Mist and overspray is greatly reduced and much more controlled with an XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM.  I have provided a detailed video on my YOUTUBE channel link here which provides further insight and details for this.

LINKS TO NEEDED SUPPLIES

X Jet Long range Nozzle

X Jet Bucket Pail System

50 Foot Flexzilla 3/8 Air Hose

The quarter inch threaded couplings you can get at any building supply or plumbing supply store.

 

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Houston 2017 Sales Training Event

Houston 2017 Sales Training Event

I am so pleased to announce the dates once again for the Annual Doug Rucker School Houston Texas training event.  The Houston 2017 Sales Training Event will be totally geared to sales and marketing of your service business.  No matter what type of service business you own and operate, this promises to be the premier training event of the year for Sales and Marketing.  Cost to attend this event is once again FREE.  All you have to do is get here, pay for your lodging and food while here and learn from some of the best sales teachers, coaches, and trainers in the business.

This years event will be held again at the Courtyard Marriott in Kingwood, Tx on February 15, 16, and 17 2017.  When flying in you will want to fly into the George H.W. Bush Intercontinental Airport.  The hotel is only 15 minutes from this airport. Address for the hotel is 130 Northpark Plaza Dr Kingwood Texas.  You must register for the FREE event HERE.

COURTYARD MARRIOTT DISCOUNT

Houston 2017 Sales Training Event

Houston 2017 Sales Training Event

I have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott at discounted price of $124.00 and you must make your reservations by February 1st in order to guarantee this rate.  The Courtyard Marriott is a great hotel and within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and of course, The Draft where the social hours will be held.  The Courtyard Marriott can be reached at 2819731790 and mention the Doug Rucker School in order to get the discounted room rate.

PowerWashStore.com is the main sponsor of the event, and will once again be here with their traveling store and equipment.  Equipment Demos will be on the afternoon of February 15th, with the training and classes on February 16th and 17th.

Please check back here frequently for updates, agenda, speakers, and other information that will be added as it is confirmed.  Any questions call or text me at 2818833630.

 

Courtyard Marriott 130 Northpark Plaza Dr Kingwood Tx 77339 2819731790

Use Code: DougRuckersSchool for room rate.

Airport to fly into is: Houston George H.W. Bush Intercontinental Airport.(IAH)

 

 

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Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School

Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School

The Doug Rucker School of pressure washing and roof cleaning is on the road again.   Ray and Tonya Burke, owners of Spray Wash, and I will be hosting a Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School.  In addition,  we cover Roof Cleaning on July 28,29, and 30th, 2016.   Spray Wash is located at 640 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee Fl 32301. We will meet there at 8:00am, on July 28th, before heading out for training on a residential property.

Also, this school will be a special edition.  We will also be doing Commercial Pressure Washing and Soft Wash hands on training on Saturday July 30th.  Spray Wash is very active every weekend doing large commercial pressure washing project’s in and around the Tallahassee Florida area.  You’ll get to experience first hand everything that goes on from setting up on a commercial job, the cleaning, all the way to completion.

Logistics

Here are the particulars for the 3 day school:

Cost of the School: $950.00

Day One July 28th: 8:00am Meet at Spray Wash at 8:00am located at 640 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee Fl 32301

Residential Roof Cleaning and House Washing…on the job training as Ray and I teach you how to properly and safely clean a residential roof, house, driveway, patio, etc.  We will teach how we do everything from setting up on the job site, pricing the job, things we look for when protecting the property from damage, spraying techniques and application methods, house and roof wash mixing and much more.  Also plenty of time for questions and answers.

Day Two

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Day Two July 29th: 9:00am Class room time at Spray Wash Headquarters..  I have several power point presentations that I’ll go through that cover everything for Residential Roof Cleaning, House Washing, Protecting the Property, Driveway, Sidewalk and Patio Cleaning, Soft Washing and Pressure Washing, Mix rations for house washing and roof cleaning, Identifying Surfaces and Stains, Pricing Jobs, Quotes, Customer Service, and much more.

Ray Burke will also do an introduction and discussion on the Commercial Cleaning class that will take place on the following day. Oh and how he get’s these monster jobs.  You will not want to miss this part.

 

Day Three July 30th: Commercial Cleaning.  We will head out to a Commercial Cleaning job site that Spray Wash will have scheduled for on the job training.

 

This School is only limited to the first 10 that register and pay. You can do that by CLICKING HERE and reserving your spot.  Once the 10 spot’s are gone, this school will be closed.  All transportation to and from the school and also while in Tallahassee, as well as food, accommodations, etc are your responsibility and are NOT part of the school fee.

 

If you’d like more information please feel free to call me or text me at 2818833630.

 

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Roof Cleaning School

Roof Cleaning School

The Pressure Cleaning and Roof Cleaning School is proud of the many students that have come to Houston to learn.   Since March of 2011 we have had over 30 students attend and receive actual hands on training and classroom training. We have been fortunate to have students attend from Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Florida.  Plus North and South Carolina, as well as right here in the Houston Texas area.

When you attend our School, you will receive training in how to Soft Wash, as well as learn how to clean driveways, and when available, wood decks, pool decks, and other surfaces associated with a residential cleaning application.

Our training is geared to the individual that is starting out as well as the established company that is interested in adding Pressure Washing and Soft Washing to their existing business. The two day class consists of actual hands on training at a job site as well as 4 hours of class room time. Seeing the equipment in use and how it functions to achieve the cleaning success is another advantage of attending.

Roof Cleaning School

Roof Cleaning School

 

Student Steve Salley learning the correct “tempo” for cleaning a driveway using a surface scrubber. He is also learning the correct way to clean and manage the hose so that it is not always getting in the way.

 

 

 

 

Roof Cleaning School

Roof Cleaning School

 

Student Alberto Rivera getting classroom training on Day 2 of the Pressure Cleaning School.  This is the part that sort of wraps up the training with a recap of the day before hands on training as we go over mixing ratio’s, bidding roof cleanings, spraying techniques, property management and much more.

 

 

Learn how to start a roof cleaning business

Total cost for the School is $750.00 for those traveling to the Houston area.  Local Houston attendees pay $1500.00 For more information on Doug Rucker’s School please feel free to contact me at 281.883.3630

The Pressure Cleaning School is owned and operated by Doug Rucker, owner of Clean and Green Solutions, a Houston Texas Roof Cleaning company.

If you can’t attend here, be sure to check out our Online Video School and learn in he comfort your own home.