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  1. 7 points
    Hello Guys, Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa here If you lived here in Florida, you would know we have been softwashing down here for many many years! A "softwash system" is what we have been using to chemically clean roofs and exteriors w/o pressure washing, for many years. In this forum, you will learn how to build your very own softwash systems, and how to roll your own softwashing chemicals. There is no need to buy expensive,, pre fabricated softwash skids, when you can easily build your very own softwash system. You do not need questionable, and very expensive softwash chemicals for your systems. Before you buy any ready made Softwash System, or "training", post any and all your soft wash cleaning questions here, so we may help you build your own system, and do it yourself.
  2. 7 points
    People today are constantly bombarded with advertisements from every direction by companies and other people trying to sell them products or services. We have become quick to ignore or filter out the barrage of sales pitches. When you’re promoting your roof cleaning business face to face with others and you don’t make an impression after 30 seconds, you will be forgotten about. Hence you must always be ready with your 29 second pitch. The pitch must answer five questions: What is the problem? Add drama or fear to make it more interesting. What is it that I do? What is my cause or product? How can my service better people’s lives or make them financially better off? How am I different from the others (differentiation)? Here is my 29 second pitch as an illustration: We’re being invaded and most people don’t even realize it yet. Have you noticed any rooftops that have ugly black streaks and stains? That’s air born algae that quickly multiply and spread over the roof’s surface. Besides being unsightly, it’s destructive and costly. Roughly 50% of roofs are replaced simply due to their ugly appearance or premature deterioration that could have been prevented. I’m here to bring you the good news that Advantage Roof Cleaning Company has a safe and inexpensive process that kills the algae, cleans away the streaks and restores the shingles to their proper condition.
  3. 5 points
    It is also about READING Lozmar. No one gets spoon fed here, w/o making some effort to at least READ.
  4. 5 points

    Cedar Roof Cleaning Basics

    Sodium Percarbonate mixed at 8 OZ. per gallon and Sodium Hydroxide added at 2 oz. per gallon and applied with dedicated pump and neutralize with oxalic mixed at 6 OZ per gallon. You could also DS Sodium Hydroxide I've done it many times on Cedar,..and is actually my preferred method due to speed. Cedar that is just grayed out is VERY easy to clean. Cedar with heavy moss takes alot of rinsing, so having a good "On Board" rinsing pump is a necessity,...counting on the customers' water is a gamble at best. And if they're on a well,..that will need to be discussed beforehand. YES, these need to be charged for appropriately. Nothing like doing an asphalt shingled roof. The results though are very gratifying. Jeff
  5. 5 points
    Sorry for the late reply everyone, Thank you, we sent a very long time on it and was a very good learning experience. It is, same county I'm in! There cement tiles. Wasn't really expecting these tile jobs, we got another to do this weekend also, haha. 2800sf roof (: The picture's on the top of the roof turned out AMAZING, I was very happy to see how those turned out. Thanks everyone,
  6. 4 points
    Hey guys we are working on our new rig for the year just thought I'd post a pic of the progress we are almost done.. We love building rigs give us a msg if you need help
  7. 4 points
    This thread will be to show the most basic layout drawings for tanks, plumbing, etc. Normally this would go in the Members section...however, newbies need at least *some* basic knowledge and nothing here isn't available online with about 5 minutes of searching. HOWEVER... If you are new...just join as a Premium member. Seriously, it is a heck of an investment. Ask most any Premium. The amount of knowledge and detailed information you will find on pumps, accessories, layouts, how to keep things running, chemicals, marketing and SEO...is absolutely 1000% worth it. Premium membership will save you money and it will make you money. Meantime, I will leave this thread open for drawings and system layout images. Please leave extensive discussions of different types of systems to different threads to keep this reasonably simple to navigate. If you have specific questions on a specific layout, please ask. If anybody wants to contribute their own layout drawings or pictures, please do so. Oh...and ANYBODY who tries to start the Top Vs. Bottom Bulkhead argument will be strung up by their Petard and pelted mercilessly with rotted fruits and vegetables. *************** Here are some universal guidelines applicable to ALL pump setups: 1) The Sealed Tank design shown should be utilized on ALL rigs. There are far too many posts on Facebook, and Pressure washing forums of guys who are suffering suspension and frame failures. Using this design will eliminate most of the corrosion. It is only a matter of time before there is a serious injury caused by a rig failure due to corrosion. Seeing as how the sealed tank system is so easy and affordable to implement and it will significantly cut down on your equipment and rig corrosion, it is silly to NOT do it. 2) Ideal Suction Line Sizing for Pumps. Suction line should be PVC. PVC Polybraid or Spiral Wrap are the most popular options. 3/8 pump: 3/4" 1/2" Pump. 1" 1" Pumps. 1" Note: 1" Air diaphragm pumps run fine with 1" input lines as long as they are driven with reasonable CFM. 3) Grey Schedule 80 PVC is the preferred material for hard pipes. Schedule 80 is thicker, stronger and more UV resistant. All PVC will eventually degrade from UV if not coated. 4) All pumps should have at least a small section of flexible input and output lines going directly in and out of the pumps. This is especially true for Air Diaphragm and Udor types. 5) All pumps with the exception of Kynar Air Diaphragm pumps with Teflon Diaphragms should be rinsed with fresh water after spraying. Even with a Kynar pump, your hose fittings are typically stainless and will rust if not rinsed...so just rinse with fresh water already! 6) Vented Chemical rated ball valves last longer. They are more expensive. The cheap PVC ball valves you buy at Lowes won't last with SH and get stiff and break. Invest in a good valve and it will last. I am on year five with our original 3 way Spears Schedule 80 Chlorine service vented ball valve. It was stupid expensive, but it still works perfectly and doesn't leak a drop. 7) If you use Banjo valves, you must use the Teflon ball/Viton seal version. The Buna Rubber seal version will leak...rapidly. 8) Trigger guns don't last. We nearly all use Ball valves. See note on Schedule 80 or use a Poly Banjo valve at the spray hose end. They won't break as easily if dropped. 9) *Most* metal will rust in the presence of SH. Anything exposed to SH fumes or direct spray should be coated. Hastelloy, Titanium and Tantalum are the non radioactive exceptions. If you have to ask the price... 10) Thread sealer containing Teflon is far preferable over Teflon tape for all fluid connections. Air Connections are fine with Teflon Tape. I use Gasoila for all my low pressure fluid sealing. 11. You need water hose on your truck. Buy Eley Polyurethane Hose or Flexzilla. I run Flexzilla. 12. Check all fittings thoroughly on a regular basis. Test all new fittings with water under pressure with the pump spraying. Materials Guide. Materials from least to most resistant to Chlorine and wear. Pump Materials: Fiberglass Reinforced Polypropylene....Virgin Polypropylene...FKM/Viton...PVC...Teflon/Kalrez...PVDF/Kynar Metals: Steel/Iron...Aluminum...Stainless Steel...Hastelloy C...Titanium...Tantalum. Spray Hose: Polybraid...Polyurethane...PVC Blend.
  8. 4 points
    Have you wondered how to correctly set-up your softwash system? We recommend simplicity as the guiding principle when setting up your system. For the KYNAR Air Diaphragm Pump Systems we recommend the following: 3/8" Pump: Minimum 5.5 gas HP air compressor 1/2" Pump: Minimum 9 gas HP air compressor 3/4" Pump: Minimum 13 gas HP air compressor 1" Pump: Minimum 13 gas HP air compressor (Ingersoll Rand offers an outstanding model) ALWAYS use NON-Collapsible hose on the suction side of the pump. You should be able to stand on the hose without smushing it flat like you can with clear braided poly hose. Use a PVC Slotted Filter on Suction hose in SH tank. Throw out that low grade, rotting, rusting 'stainless' or nylon filter. (Thanks, Chris Tucker)Have your hose barbs crimped on by a hydraulic crimper to prevent leaks, cuts from hose clamps or pressure loss which affects distance. (We offer crimped ends on all hoses in 316 Stainless Steel, Sch 80 PVC, Brass and whatever you bring to us!)Set your dedicated regulator/filter to 90 PSI.Drain your compresor tank(s) of water at least once daily.Avoid polypropylene hose barbs (too soft and contain fiberglass, sometimes), nylon hose barbs, galvanized fittings, steel fittings and garden hose fittings.Avoid using elbows or 90 degree fittings as much as possible.Minimize the use of extra fittings and ball valves. (I see softwash systems with 4, 3-way ball valves before the pump!) Think, Hose in: Hose outDon't have a tank? Can you get by with a tote or a 55 galon drum?Do not use PVC hard pipe to plumb your pump.Do not use Check ValvesDid you consider the need to mix chemical in the middle of the job? Do you need to install 3-Way Ball Valves before and after your pump to help your transfer chemical faster?Do you have your chemical delivered? How are you going to transfer your chemical to your rig? Do you need to install 3-Way Ball Valves or 3 Way Hose Barbs and Ball Valves to transfer chemical? These pumps were engineeered to pump SH 24/7! Use them at capacity!Use Non-Drying Liquid Teflon instead of Teflon tape on PVC to Metal and PVC to PVC. Throw out the Teflon tape. It does not have any use on your rig. (Metal to Metal: Use Medium Threadlock.) ***Important***When choosing the NON-Collapsible Suction hose Inside Diameter (ID), measure the suction port of your pump and multiply by two. For example, the 3/8" All-Flo has a 3/8" Female National Pipe Thread suction port on the bottom of the pump (either side). This pump requires a 3/4" ID NON-Collapsible Suction hose with a PVC slotted filted installed on the end. The 1/2" Yamada has a 1/2" FPT and would require a 1" ID NON-Collapsible Suction hose with a PVC slotted filter installed on the end. (We carry the special Reducing Hose barbs 1" Hose Barb x 1/2" mpt in Stainless Steel, Sch 80 PVC and Brass and can crimp it on for you.) Using a Hose Reel? Choose Titan Hose Reels Order the Aluminum Reel with the Stainless Steel manifold. (Rinse everyday)Ask for the Super Swivel (8620A) instead of the stock swivelDon't order the reel that just fits all of your 200' of hose. Pay the extra $15-20 and order the next size up.Consider a U-Channel Reel if you have an open trailer and can mount the reel on the railing. However, don't forget to order the brake kit. It does not come standard.Enclosed Trailer: Do you need to hang your reels to free up the space?Install a 3-Way Ball Valve BEFORE your reel to eliminimate exposing your reel to full strength SH when transferring chems.Ask for a 1/2" brass street 45 (2354) to install on the drum of the hose reel. This prevents the hose from sticking straight out and developing a flat, weak spot. 12 Volt Systems: It is CRITICAL to keep it SIMPLE Use a deep cycle, high cold cranking amps, fully charged marine battery ~5 gpm 12 Volt Pumps: Use 10 Gauge Wire, heat shrink tubing, heavy duty, water-proof 25 amp switch, inline fuse holder 25 amp fuse, minimum of 1/2" ID hose or 5/8" (better) and 0040, 1550, 2550, 4050 or larger 1/4 MEG nozzles. ~7 gpm 12 Volt Pumps: Use 10 Gauge Wire, heat shrink tubing, heavy duty, water-proof 30 amp switch, inline fuse holder 30 amp fuse, minimum of 5/8" ID hose or 3/4" (better) and 0050, 1560, 2560, 4060 or larger 1/4 MEG nozzles. ALWAYS use 1" ID NON-Collapsible hose on the suction side of the pump. You should be able to stand on the hose without smushing it flat like you can with clear braided poly hose. Use a PVC Slotted Filter on Suction hose in SH tank. Throw out that low grade, rotting, rusting 'stainless' or nylon filter. (Thanks, Chris Tucker)Have your hose barbs crimped on by a hydraulic crimper to prevent leaks, cuts from hose clamps or pressure loss which affects distance. (We offer crimped ends on all hoses in 316 Stainless Steel, Sch 80 PVC, Brass and whatever you bring to us!)DO NOT install the pump in a box of any kind to restrict air flow or to install a fan to improve air flow. I've seen pumps drown and it is sad! Install pumps out of the direct weather and under something such as a base plate or reel.Straight from the Big Guy, Chris Tucker, use a 1/2" or 3/4" PVC ball valve and a reducing bushing and do not use a wand. Most guys install a SS male coupler (4629) and a TriBanger with three nozzles. I rarely ever offer the poly gun in chem resitant or palin black because it can't handle any type of fall for the price compared to the reliability of a PVC ball valve form the hardware store. Do not use another 12 Volt pump to inject chemical into your hose. Most low pressure pumps can't handle the increase in pressure. Think about the copious amounts of chemical used when you have very little control. This 'chemical injection by 12 Volt pump' benefits your chemical suppliers profit margin and NOT yours. Avoid polypropylene hose barbs (too soft and contain fiberglass, sometimes), nylon hose barbs, galvanized fittings, steel fittings and garden hose fittings.Avoid using elbows or 90 degree fittings as much as possible.Minimize the use of extra fittings and ball valves. (I see softwash systems with 4, 3-way ball valves before the pump!) Think, Hose in: Hose outMount your 12 Volt pump wet end down. If your pump should happen to drip, the drip will not soak electrical components.Keep a spare 12 Volt pump in your truck ready to install.Buy spare micro-switches at Grainger or Google them online at a huge savings. They are only $3 compared to replacing the entire switch for around $15-17. You can find the micro-switch by taking apart your pressure switch. It is an easy thing to find and the part number is stamped on it.Do not use PVC hard pipe to plumb your pump. The hoses should flex a bit. Pics of rigs with lots of PVC criss crossing the floor boards and meeting up to a 'manifold of carefully labelled, wall of PVC ball valves" looks like a nightmare waiting to happen in the biggest job, on the hottest day when things just can't go wrong.Do not extend the length of your 12 Volt suction hose beyond 14 feet. It will have a tough time priming and stress the pump. You want the pump to spend it's energy on pumping and not suctioning.Do not use Check ValvesDon't have a tank? Can you get by with a tote or a 55 galon drum? These 12 Volt pumps spew out chemical. Be prepared to use quite a bit.Did you consider the need to mix chemical in the middle of the job? Do you need to install 3-Way Ball Valves before and after your pump to help your transfer chemical faster?Do you have your chemical delivered? How are you going to transfer your chemical to your rig? Do you need to install 3-Way Ball Valves or 3 Way Hose Barbs and Ball Valves to transfer chemical?Use Non-Drying Liquid Teflon instead of Teflon tape on PVC to Metal and PVC to PVC. Throw out the Teflon tape. It does not have any use on your rig. (Metal to Metal: Use Medium Threadlock.) I hope these details help all of you. Thank you for your continued support! Lori ALL-FLO SINGLE_TANK.pdf
  9. 4 points
    Ive taken to not cleaning roofs if there are no gutters. Not worth the risk. If I do take a job with no gutters I fully warn the customer of the potential "kill zone". 97% of homes in my area have gutters so losing a potential nightmare isn't to bad.
  10. 4 points
    It was weird watching the Denver Bronco's vs Carolina Panthers game last night, because Tony Dungy was on TV, and we recently cleaned his roof. Tony was a referral from another ex pro football player we did. LOL, I wish every job was like his. No shopping, just come clean it when you can We got into the football players market years ago by pure luck. I got a caller who would not give an address, and asked me how much for an 8000 sq ft 2 story tile roof with a 4 car garage. Bidding blind, I hit him really high, even for us. A few weeks later, he called me back, and said his client has decided to go with your company. I thanked him, and asked him why he went with us. He said because we were by far the most expensive bid, and did not offer to throw in all kinds of extra's to try and get the job. In front of my Son,. I told him, "We are busy, and I might be able to squeeze you in in a few weeks" He said "fine, let me know". My son said "Dad, we are not that busy, let me go do that 5,000 dollar job" I told him NO. LOL, we did do him the following week, because I told he we had to reschedule another client, who went on a Cruise
  11. 4 points
    Over the years I have used direct mailing and they worked great for me. Back when I started cedar shakes cleaning, which many said I couldn't do my way, LOL, I would drive a location write down all the cedar roof addresses. Would go to the assessors page and get their name. Developed a tri-fold and hand addressed them, stamped and mailed. Got a lot of work that way.
  12. 4 points
    Summer of 2014 brought about great change in my life as I launched my rather unexpected pressure washing business. It's been a journey and have loved every minute of it. It's been a pleasure serving members of our community and look forward to a broader customer base and wider range of cleaning service for 2015. I started my business pressure washing a house with a pump sprayer full of out door bleach and a 50' pressure washing hose. I had to drag that pressure washer all over the yard with me. I then found a surface cleaning attachment for driveways and off I go. It was tough. And door to door advertisement has earned its respect in my opinion! After finding the forums, my life changed. I learned pressure washing professional equipment, cleaners and processes, such as soft wash. My ambition wasn't satisfied, so I learned roof cleaning. Again there forums came to my rescue! I credit the forums for my minimal mistakes along the way. Again, my ambition raged on, so Cedar Roof Cleaning gotta dose of it. I now specialize in non-pressure cedar roof cleaning. With a year of work under my belt, Clean Pro Exteriors is now an L.L.C. fully insured and licensed, using only soft wash methods to ensure the most effective, safest cleaning out there. My marketing and Advertising continues to increase and I hope to grow in business managing and budgeting as we go. But my ambition is a fire with more full to burn, so what's next? I want contracts! I plan to start with small grocery stores around town maintaining their walk ways, and hopefully, get started in Fleet Washing. To commemorate the journey, here are a few of my firsts.... first rig, house wash, deck, stucco, brick patio, roof, cedar roof
  13. 4 points
    First off, never ever use a pressure washer on a roof unless you want to totally destroy it. A soft wash set up is very simple and can be built for under $500.00 and will deliver excellent results safely.Start out with a 12v electric pump and graduate to an air system in the future. Delvan fat boys are under $200.00. Garden hose and a nozzle and you'rer all set.
  14. 4 points
    I really like locally availiable stuff! I need it when I need it, and hate waiting for shit to be shipped. I also hate paying the shipping on stuff, especially heavy stuff like liquid soaps! The Liquid Gain works, it works well, plus it is cheap. And, for what it is worth, it is my discovery. I found it on accident one day, and have used it ever since. I like using it thick, like 2 to 3 - 44 ounce bottles to 100 gallons of mix. At that concentration, it really hides the smell better, but it will leave a film sometimes, on the roof. No worries, just tell your customers that you are applying a roof treatment, that might leave a slight film, that will go away after a good rain. It will, and will also have all kinds of sudsy little bubbles that will come off the roof, that smell a lot better then just chlorine! LOL, New Apple Sauce !
  15. 3 points
    I can't stand Home Advisor. They ripped me off when they were Service Magic. I highly recommend ALL contractors stay away from HA. They sell fake leads, and that alone is reason enough to not give them your business. If you're closing 90% of your leads, you are very rare, because almost nobody does that. Their reps like to join groups and claim all kinds of great success with them that really doesn't equate to what the average person will get. The average guy is going to get a bunch of fake leads, and them dipping into his bank account when they're not supposed to. The thing is, if you don't dispute the fake leads, you just get screwed. If you DO dispute them, it's still up to HA whether they keep your money. This is not a limited experience or a fluke. Literally almost everyone who has used them has the same kind of experience. People who don't exist, phones that ring but never answer, blah, blah. My advice is STAY FAR AWAY from HA and any other lead service.
  16. 3 points
    This is the only one I recommend spending money on a membership. Chris is The Godfather of Softwashing and continues to self educate. He is incredibly intelligent. He will cut through the B.S. to save you tens of thousands of dollars on equipment and franchise promises of grandiose dreams. Chris Tucker educated me: He continues to keep me in check. He spent countless hours with me on the phone. He was extremely patient. Everyone on the RCIA has always been extremely helpful in providing feedback to allow us to provide the best possible products for you.
  17. 3 points
    There has always been a big debate whether a cleaned roof should be rinsed, or not. Remember, we are not cleaning a roof with Acid! Acid basically keeps working, unless it is rinsed well and/or neutralized. Not so with SH. The SH hits the organic matter, and the hypochlorite ION forms. This ION goes through a battle with the organic matter (algae) on the shingles, and this battle pretty much weakens the SH so much, no Hypochlorite ION is left. Sort of like the way Peroxide burns on a cut for awhile, then fizzes out. However, what is left behind after the reaction between SH and organic matter is a form of salt. Salt will mess up plants. This is why we rinse a roof, at least partially, if no gutters are present. My roof cleaners are taught at the RCIA to rinse the bottom 1/3 of the roof, from the ground, and then rinse this run off off the plants. Experience has shown this will prevent 90% of any run off problems.
  18. 3 points
    What is it that a client gets when they hire a professional roof cleaner? Some people say, "it's just spraying bleach on a roof", and they're wrong before the words even leave their mouth. What the client pays for when they hire us to do a roof cleaning isn't just some bleach sprayed on a roof. Professional roof cleaning contractors are using a much more powerful version of a chemical they barely know. In fact, we're purchasing it in just about the purest form they can manufacture and ship it. The client isn't paying for some monkey to trample their roof and lay waste to their landscaping with a chemical that can oxidize any organic matter to a pile of mush. How about a little lesson in the basics which RCIA certified roof cleaning contractors are well versed in. Professional roof cleaning companies are using 10-12.5% sodium hypochlorite, which is often sold as "pool chlorine" and in much lower concentrations as "bleach". When sold as household bleach, it can and is often be combined with other ingredients. Sodium hypochlorite is a strong oxidizing agent. Through the process of oxidation, the algae (actually cyanobacteria) is killed, and mostly removed. Rinsing helps this final removal process, but is often left to rain to finish. Using advanced proprietary cleaners along with the sodium hypochlorite helps remove the algae residue. This is effective if the roof is rinsed immediately, or later by rain. Spraying liquids and climbing roofs is not as simple as it seems, just because the ingredient is known. I know flour is in a cake, but I couldn't tell you how to bake one. Let's set aside a myth and miscommunication real fast. "Chlorine" is a gas, we don't clean with "chlorine". Sodium hypochlorite is often made by passing chlorine gas through sodium hydroxide, or through electrolysis of a heavy brine solution. In water sodium hypochlorite forms hypochlorous acid and a chlorite ion. Sodium hypochlorite oxidizes algae via the chlorite ions which basically give up their strength during the process, leaving behind nothing but sodium and hydrogen, a.k.a. salt water. Sodium hypochlorite breaks down rapidly in the sunlight, and this actually helps the oxidation and roof cleaning process. It also helps remove the strength from the formula during cleaning, which can help with protecting landscaping. Did you know it is one of the most environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals on earth? It's in everything, including our own food and water! The danger is minimal when handled properly, even for the environment. However, when handled improperly, a lot of damage can be done using such strong chemicals. When a client pays for a roof cleaning, they are paying for experts in their field. People who are educated and know how to wield these chemicals carefully and properly. Nobody will mistaken my deflated pile of smoldering carbon mush to be considered a cake, will they? Roof cleaning customers are paying for people who have perfected a craft, and can safely restore their image without damage. Does your roof cleaner really know what he's doing? Does he really comprehend the cleaners he's using, their properties, safe handling, and how and why the process works? If not, why hire them? It's obvious what a roof cleaning customer is really paying for. The clients are paying for someone who has the skill to lay waste to thousands of square feet of algae, moss, lichen, and other roof infesting organisms, without damaging their plants, finished on their homes, etc. As said experts, we all know that even the best roof cleaners can have difficulty. Low water supply, really hot day, steep roof, no gutters. Recipe for disaster. These clients aren't paying for some $100 "bleach" jockey to destroy their property. A roof cleaning customer is paying for someone who knows the chemicals, their safe handling and applications, the processes, precautions, and more. Clients are paying for roof cleaning companies that comprehend the process of oxidation that allows the removal of these organisms. They're paying for people who know how to care for the landscaping, the finishes on the home, and other things in the vicinity of the roof cleaning. They're paying for responsible roof cleaning contractors, hopefully RCIA certified experts, that know all the steps to make sure a roof cleaning goes off without a hitch, AND is there to stand behind their work in the unlikely event something does wrong. This is a point that can't be stressed enough. Our clients don't pay us just to "spray some bleach". They pay us to handle a delicate task, and take on the liability as well. Not everyone who can "spray bleach" can do that. If even the best of the best can have challenges roof cleaning, why on earth would ANYONE hire a jack of all trades Jim Bob with a pickup to clean their roof? There is simply too much at stake. What the client is really paying for is competent, safety conscious, diligent roof cleaners who are experts in their field. That's what they're really paying for. The expertise.....not "spraying bleach". Any dummy can buy some "bleach"...not everyone can handle proper, safe, approved roof cleaning methods wielding industrial strength sodium hypochlorite like a professional RCIA roof cleaning company can, AND stand behind their clients should any issues occur. Amazing results, and peace of mind are worth a thousands words. For competent, certified, reliable expert roof cleaning in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas, contact Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC today. 904-304-0810 http://www.ultrasoftpressurewashing.com/services/roof-cleaning-jacksonville-florida/
  19. 3 points
    Hi all, Wondering if there are any benefits to being a premium member / getting certified if i am in Canada - (Vancouver). Are there any other Canadians certified? I have so far appreciated the free portion of the site and am interested in the premium part. Someone talk me into it! EDIT OK I talked myself into it! Off to the premium section
  20. 3 points
    FYI: GREEN Gain dishsoap is the thickest of them all. I called Procter & Gamble today.
  21. 3 points

    Chem Handling

    Do you have Chem gloves onboard? If not, get some. Chem burns are possible when dumping 12.5% into your tank. It is required by law. Goggles as well since getting straight 12.5 in your eye is pretty much the ultimate in pain. We all spray the heck out of SH, and handled right it is very safe. But familiarity breeds carelessness and we often forget that when used and handled improperly, as with any substance, it can do harm. Handle it with care and you will save yourself and your employees a lot of pain. Keep a first aid kit onboard and your fresh water tank full...it is good for washing down anything that spills on you or the truck.
  22. 3 points
    Thanks Chris - I'll reach out to him and see what I can find out. Maybe we'll have a 12v pump shootout / torture test to see which one is better suited for the long haul. We're blowing the motors on ours 9 times out of 10 or more. As an aside, I'm setting up a pump experiment in my garage now. If the idea works, we'll make sure it's known here (RCIA Premium Section) first......
  23. 3 points
    Research the phrase "3 stepping", or "3 stepping wood". The same CORRECT process used to strip/clean decks is used on cedar. That's not to say that some don't use SH on cedar, in fact many do. But the proper way, in my professional opinion, is to 3 step it. The 4th step, if applicable, would be seal/stain if so desired. Cedar looks amazing when properly done. It's also a LOT of work, so charge accordingly. The last one that we did took us 3 days and cost the client $6500. I prefer asphalt shingles :-)
  24. 3 points
    Alright guys, let's compare some notes on the documents in your arsenal. (Sadly, I know of some folks that are using the low end tear-off quote and invoice pads from Staples... SMH. What a missed opportunity.) Our invoice can be found here. You'll need to click the download button. No worries, the site is safe (it's mine). But if you're not comfortable with it, that's ok with me. See once you've downloaded the full page file, you'll notice that the entire doc is protected, other than predetermined fill-able fields. This allows us to complete these quote forms substantially faster than when we were using Excel. It's all tab based other than the $$. That must be moused, at least for now. Before it gets presented, it gets converted to a PDF so that the entire doc is locked, or protected along with other collateral. Full disclosure - I've just converted this docX from Excel, and some of the spacing is still a bit off. Once the 2014 Angie's list award is published, I'll need to change it again, so it's fine until then. These are now easily completed in the field or at the office, and time is money. For years I've wanted to get this to where it's simply tab-able fields. Finally made the time! Who's next to share theirs?
  25. 3 points
    Maaaan Chris, this is an awesome video!!!! after i had those couple of days knocking on doors in this freakin heat all day and not but one person gave a damn i really didn't feel like knocking on any other doors even though the damn circumstances obligate me to find other ways. this is Great inspiration and mentorship. Congratulations on your business & thank you & the many others that are mentoring us newbies.. keep it up... Alex
  26. 3 points

    Air pump setup diagram

    Here is a basic diagram of an air setup from Lori at pressurewasherproducts. It should give you a starting point.
  27. 3 points
    Because so many newcomers have asked me for a simple "quick and dirty" mix to clean shingle roofs, here it is. This mix is for 100 gallons total. You need 68 gallons of water 30 gallons Liquid Sodium Hypochlorite `12.5% 1 - 44 ounce Bottle Original Scent Liquid Gain Dishsoap. Up to 3 - 44 ounce bottles of Gain may be added for additional cling on steep shingle roofs, and/or help in masking the Chlorine Smell. This is a fast, easy to make, non pressure roof cleaning chemical mixture that cleans well. It is not quite as good as the regular Apple Sauce mix, but it has the advantage it is faster and easier to make, and costs less too. For larger or smaller amounts, simply do the math, if you are making 50 gallons of New Apple Sauce Roof Cleaning Mix, or 400 gallons.
  28. 3 points
    Here is a nice example of how clean and shiny your metal roof could look. If your metal roof is black, dirty, and nasty looking, don't fret. Even metal roofs can be cleaned using zero pressure processes, with amazing results. This metal roof is a portion of the roof on a local Jacksonville, Florida church. This roof probably hadn't been cleaned in years, yet Ultrasoft Pressure Washing was able to renew it's appearance using zero pressure, environmentally safe methods. Our cleaning vastly improved the building's appearance instantly. Care still needs taken even when cleaning metal roofs. Run off from roof cleaning can cause issues with landscaping, painted surfaces, and other areas if not handled properly. Using the wrong types of cleaners could ruin the finish on your metal roof, drip edge, and more. Ultrasoft Pressure Washing uses metal roof cleaning methods approved by the Roof Cleaning Institute of America to ensure your metal roof is cleaned thoroughly and safely. Take a look at our results on this particular roof, and then call today for all of your roof cleaning Jacksonville, Florida needs. (904) 304-0810
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    Well, it all depends on what way you go on the PH. If you go for high ph, then you are activating the Hypochlorite ION, and it is pretty safe. But, if you drop the PH, down to PH 7 let's say, you wind up with an oxidizer that can be nearly 100 times stronger. The problem with dropping the PH of Sodium Hypochlorite below PH 8 is this YOU CAN BE KILLED !!!!! This is how Mustard Gas was made back in WW1, and it will flat KILL YOU ! I had a friend who cleaned river rock on swimming pool decks by first spraying the deck with an acid solution, and then he hit it with a sodium hypochlorite solution. The acid turbocharged the sodium hypochlorite, and it cleaned like all get out. But it was always done outside, with a gas mask! DO NOT< I REPEAT< DO NOT ADD ACID TO SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE< UNLESS YOU WANT TO DIE
  31. 3 points
    LOL, "rinse well, replace plants never"
  32. 3 points
    You are a Premium Member, and your membership also gets you free, unlimited, one on one telephone consultations with me. Call me at 813 655 8777 from 11 am till 11 pm Florida time, 7 days a week, if you need me, or are unsure of what to buy, and who to buy it from. I will not let you make a potentially serious equipment purchase mistake. Chris
  33. 3 points
    1. Don't spam titles...you only compete with yourself. If you title two articles with the same words...you force the search engines to choose. 2. Use informative or general articles to point back to not just your website but to your primary advertising articles. If you made an article titled "Roof Cleaning Anytown", don't make multiple articles titled the same, instead, add articles about roof cleaning and link that article. 3. Don't copy paste content....try and write something unique 4. Try to write at least 300 words 5. Linking...limit external links to 1 per 200 words to avoid looking spammy 6. Add images (with alt text) 7. Relevancy is not just about the whole article but about the surrounding words. Don't place a link to your gutter cleaning page at the bottom of a 500 word article when the first paragraph was where you mentioned gutter cleaning, embed the link right there in that paragraph. 8. Use an "About Author" at the bottom of an article to surround a link to your roof cleaning website with relevancy for articles that have no relevant roof cleaning content. Don't spam locations....if you want to promote several locations, write more blogs.
  34. 2 points
    Top speed fully loaded will probably be less and mpg will probably be 10 or less. However, instead of worrying about mpg, spend that energy getting just 2-3 more jobs each year. This will more than offset the difference. Remember, it’s WAY more important to focus on how many than how.
  35. 2 points
    Thank you! I will be buying a soft wash system, one of your 8gpm machines, and few other odds n ends sometime in February. Look forward to speaking with you soon. Your reputation is golden everywhere I have seen online.
  36. 2 points
    Jesse, Welcome home!! You can’t find a better place to find unbiased help than right here in this forum. Everyone is here to help!
  37. 2 points
  38. 2 points
    I don't envy roofs that look like that! However, you wouldn't envy standing on a roof down here in Florida in the middle of August! Welcome.
  39. 2 points
    Ive received more calls for roof cleaning in the last week(now that its wicked cold) then I did in all of October. Heading out to do two jobs today once it warms up. Hate cold weather cleaning,but it is what it is.
  40. 2 points
    Thank goodness for tow chains... Years ago, when I first started using a trailer, I was very good about dropping the receiver on the hitch ball, hooking up the safety chains and plugging up the electric. However, a couple of times I forgot to lock down the reciver to the ball. Twice, I had the trailer come loose from the truck. luckily, neither time was at highway speed. One time I hit a speed bump and the other time it was at a railroad crossing. I was able to pull off to the side of the road and jack the trailer up and reconnect. Twice was all it took before I developed a safety habit that has stuck ever since. Whether I'm pulling out for the first job of the day or leaving a job for the next, I always pull the rig at least twice it's length and then stop. I get out and walk around the entire trailer. I check that the chains are on, ball is latched and electric is plugged. I look to verify the ladders are secured and drop ramps are latched. I also look for loose items that could fall out (brushes, buckets, wands, etc). More than once I've had helpers ask why I don't just check all that before I move. I move the rig and check because the last thing I'm looking for is anything that might have been set down or rolled under the truck or trailer. In the last 5 years, I've never dropped a trailer again and several times I've found a pail, pump-up or wand that was missed when we loaded. Dropping a trailer could be catastrophic...losing equipment could be costly. I hope sharing my mistakes and solutions helps someone.
  41. 2 points
    Wow, that sure is a nice looking asphalt shingle roof cleaning you did up in Jacksonville! I just love cleaning light colored shingle roofs, because the difference is quite dramatic, and that makes for very happy customers.
  42. 2 points
    This is my opinion! i ran air for 5yrs and never had one problem with the air pump, we had problems with the compressors. We went though 3 in 5 years, 2 of these were ridgid and the last one was custum built. We have used the udor for a yr and not one problem and we went though some bleach this yr. I like the udor because of the size, so we will see.
  43. 2 points
    I had a customer tell me the stripes looked like a nice pattern up there. Nice to meet you neighbor, Im glad to know another pro cleaner in the area.
  44. 2 points
    I don't know the "going rate" for your area, but I think you need to think bigger. We are specialists at what we do and should be rewarded financially. Our job is dangerous,our job risks alot of liability, our job causes us to deal with cleaning agents that will harm you, etc. Why work so cheap? A heart surgeon certainly gets more then an M.D., mechanics are up to $95-110 an hour, etc.. Maybe ask Marcus about pricing. He's in Texas. Anyhow don't sell your services off so cheap. Forget about sq. ft. think about the time each roof will take, mat., and what you need to earn in a day. You'll get the hang of it in time. There is a fellow roof cleaner in my area. He charges about half of what I get, he probably cleans twice as may roofs then me in a year, he works twice as hard to make equal money, travels way far, etc.. Work smart not hard
  45. 2 points
    I'm a new member (joined RCIA 4-6-14) so I will need a lot of advice on how to build my soft wash system. A little history on myself. I have been a auto mechanic for 41 yrs., retired in 2013 from the US Postal Service( as a mechanic) after 24 yrs. Lost the love of my life 6 yrs. ago to cancer after 36 yrs. of marriage. I'm not ready to draw social security yet, so I thought I would open a pressure washer business. I have done some research on the internet about pressure washing, and I'm glad I found the RCIA site. From viewing the site I think it's awesome what Chris Tucker has done in founding this institute. It's apparent that all the members of RCIA try to help each other with honest advice so that we are all successful. That means hopefully, that the American dream is still possible. At 61 yrs. old, I will have to motivate myself, because I don't have the horsepower I use to have, but I have always been a hard worker. I'm looking forward to making new friends, and getting some great advice from my fellow members. Please feel free to contact me at anytime. Sincerely, Mike Kelley
  46. 2 points
    Here is the new and improved roof and exterior cleaning website! Check it out and give a +1 or a FB like! Kendall Roof & Exterior Cleaning
  47. 2 points
    The #1 Choice for Tile Roof Cleaners in Tampa, Florida The people who make your tile roof have only one recommended way to clean them, and that's the method we use. Some other companies use this method, most don't. Why? Look at one of our trucks in the picture above, see the size of that tank? The RCIA method we use requires the application of a lot of a very weak chemical solution so as not to damage your roof tiles. Because our business is cleaning tile roofs, not cutting grass, pressure washing, or putting up Christmas lights, we are properly equipped to do it right. Tile Roof Cleaning is our full time business, not something we do when there's no grass to cut, or pressure washing to do. We do it better. Our large tanks and high volume pumps insure compliance to RCIA standards for safe tile roof cleaning. We learned long ago that tile roof cleaning is not a one man job. All our trucks have 2 man crews for everyones safety. Only one person cleaning your roof is an invitation for disaster. They cant see, or do anything about the Inevitable overspray getting on plants, your paint, or your neighbors property. By the time they get done spraying your roof, the damage is already done, its too late to rinse it off. Your neighbors will just love you when the uninsured one man wanna be tile roof cleaners overspray removes their paint, and kills their plants. And guess who is responsible, you are ! We guarantee in writing not to void your tile roof warranty. Nor to cause any damage to your roof. Why fool around and take a chance of ruining your roof ? Call us and be sure of having it done the right way. We will meet or beat any written estimate for comparable tile roof cleaning. Call us at 813-655-8777 for a free estimate today!
  48. 2 points
    This slate roof in Lancaster County, PA 17601 was cleaned today by Roof Cleaning by A&E. Using a non pressure roof cleaning method, we were able to remove the algae, lichen and moss, returning this roof to its original beauty. The owner of this home is planning on putting this home on the market in the near future and was looking for a way to safely restore the slate roof. Our non pressure roof cleaning added instant curb appeal to this home at a fraction of the cost of a whole roof replacement. In addition to roof cleaning, we offer a variety of other exterior cleaning services including: Soft Washing Gutter Cleaning Pressure Washing Rust Stain Removal Window Cleaning Call us today for your free estimate. (717) 324-4208 www.roofcleaningpa.com
  49. 2 points
    We use a trailer for the typical job. For the larger jobs, we use the heli.
  50. 2 points