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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
    Jeff

    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
    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
  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
    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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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 !
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 3 points
    FYI: GREEN Gain dishsoap is the thickest of them all. I called Procter & Gamble today.
  17. 3 points
    PeakOfPerfection

    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.
  18. 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......
  19. 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 :-)
  20. 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?
  21. 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
  22. 3 points
    woody70

    Air pump setup diagram

    Here is a basic diagram of an air setup from Lori at pressurewasherproducts. It should give you a starting point.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 3 points
  26. 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
  27. 3 points
    LOL, "rinse well, replace plants never"
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. 2 points
    Get the rubber covers too. Well worth it and cheap.
  31. 2 points
    I ended up writing an entire blog about what a client pays for with roof cleaning. It certainly is NOT just "spraying bleach" on a roof. As we all know, there is so much more, and MANY good reasons for them to hire RCIA certified roof cleaning companies.
  32. 2 points
    In Northern California we always rinse our roofs (unless rain is imminent). There is a few reasons for this. 1. In the South East, there is fairly consistent rainfall throughout the year. The rain quickly rinses and finishes up the roof cleaning process. In Northern California we commonly go months without rain in the Summer. Rinsing or roofs after cleaning gives them about a 20% cleaner appearance immediately. The homeowners appreciate not having to wait months for that extra 20%. 2. Nearly all of our roofs have gutters. 60% being galvanized steel. Both Sodium Hypochlorite as well as salt are corrosives. Not rinsing roof jacks, solar and skylight hardware, gutters and downspouts could potentially leave corrosives on these for months. This is something that homeowners are unaware of, but we are. At times we explain this and the homeowners are always appreciative. 3. We take aerial photos of most of our work. A rinsed roof always looks better. We could come back after rain but we almost never do. So for us its worth it to do it all on the same visit.
  33. 2 points
    Yes, you can run a 12 volt roof cleaning pump all day long w/o using any battery, if you have a generator and one of these http://www.12voltpowersupplies.us/ Simply order the 36 amp unit for under 75.00 shipped, plug it into your generator, and go clean some roofs! Be sure and waterproof this power supply, if you leave it outside. These little power supplies are awesome! They are rated for 30 amps sustained, and 36 amp peaks!
  34. 2 points
    I just hired my first sales guy who will be starting this coming season. He's ben in sales for over 10 years and is currently doing great at it. He is also one of my good friends. We worked out a cash commission payout as of now. For those of you who have sales employees or anybody working marketing for you; pros/cons, any advice and how successful has your sales people ben for you?
  35. 2 points
    Where is the best place to find these sales people... ??? The sales people that actually do go door to door... ??? One good lead is to find your local monthly meetings for realtors / private investors / etc... This is a great place to market with your local real estate network... Most of the time they form a line and whomever wants to come up and give your 2 minute spiel in front of the group that night you can... If you are camera shy just pass out cards amongst the group and you get the same point across... BTW most of these meetings have a yearly due, but, it is small compared to the amount of work you can obtain... The one that I know of is $ 149.00 per year... They meet once a month... First meeting you can go as a guest so it's free... Def. worth checking out... That's peanuts considering... !!!
  36. 2 points
    h2o spray

    Rain Rain & Rain

    Well we have a job scheduled for Tues Nov 29,2016 (Tomorrow) and it has rained the entire day....Is having this much rain going to effect my cleaning if the rain stops hours before the scheduled time ? The forecast for cleaning day is 10 mph winds with a high of 60 with NO rain for at least 24hrs.. Any/All responses to this post is gratefully appreciated !
  37. 2 points
    That little single family is in the $ 500K mark... ??? My God... probably 1000 sq. ft. max with an attic ( 2 dormers )... Pooooof.... High Dollar DC area... Kaaa ching kaaaa ching... $$$... !!! Hope all is going great Ted... !!! Tommy
  38. 2 points
    LOL, I'm sorry I gotta say it. "I know you are not on that roof pressure washing!"
  39. 2 points
    First off - Thank You very much for coming on the forum, and you are quite welcome to post what you have to sell to us roof cleaners, free of charge!I had nothing but problems with the UDOR Pump, and they refused to honor the warranty they gave me, after 4 failures! Of course, that was some time ago, and to be fair, people I know also had some problems with the Comet Pumps from nearly 8 years ago. But if you feel the pump will hold up, post your experiences, and reasons.
  40. 2 points
    Adding Curb Appeal Can Sell Your Home Faster In a slow real estate market, a person can generally sell their home quicker by dropping their asking price. In a market where supply is greater than demand, a desperate seller may see a lower price as their only option to shorten their home’s time on the market. There are however, other things that a seller can do that will help boost their home’s appeal to potential buyers. Some things can be done without costing any money while others may cost a few bucks. In the long run, a few well-spent dollars can end up saving you thousands when you are not forced to drop your asking price in order to make a sale. Some things you can do that can potentially make your home more sellable aren’t done in or around your home. Your realtor can help add some ways to make your home more attractive to buyers. Sellers can often be enticed by things like money towards their closing costs or even entirely covering the closing costs as a way to sweeten the deal in a down market. Other things that can help motivate a buyer include a home warranty or an option to close the sale within 30-60 days. These types of incentives can make you home even more attractive. http://www.libertysoftwash.com/blog/adding-curb-appeal-can-sell-your-home-faster/ A seller may sometimes overlook or under prioritize the value of curb appeal The very first thing a potential buyer will see is what the home looks like from the outside. A home that doesn’t look appealing from the curb may be overlooked based on nothing other than it’s exterior appearance. Things like planting flowers, adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door or adding a new mailbox are inexpensive ways improve your home’s appearance at first glance. Some would argue that curb appeal is everything and your first impression often sets your expectations on the rest of the home. Another way to increase your home’s curb appeal is by cleaning your home’s exterior. Dirty sidewalks, siding, patios or decks can be an instant turn off for potential buyers. The standard of cleanliness you maintain on your home’s exterior is often measured against your home’s interior cleanliness, when being viewed by potential buyers. A dirty roof may also set off a false alarm telling buyers a roof needs to be replaced and will cost thousands of dollars. Having your roof professionally cleaned will only cost a fraction of the cost of roof replacement. Removing roof algae will dramatically improve curb appeal and eliminate the threat of losing a buyer because of an unsightly roof. Liberty SoftWash is an excellent choice when considering hiring a pressure washing contractor in Lancaster Pennsylvania and surrounding area Our exterior cleaning services are just what you need to add some curb appeal to your home. Cleaning your roof or pressure washing your siding is an affordable way to spruce up your home before you contact your real estate agent to list your home. Call today to discuss your roof cleaning or pressure washing needs. (717) 578-5342
  41. 2 points
    That looks great, Hopefully With a now clean asphalt roof that home will sell for its owners. Not only is the roof cleaning necessary, it can lift your morale with Pride of ownership. Your doing a great job in Jacksonville Florida.
  42. 2 points
    Thanks Chris. It did come out nice. Since this house is on the market, I think it will help this homeowner make a faster sale, and possibly more money on the sale of this home. A number of neighbors in this area could use a roof cleaning as well, so we hope to hear from them. We put out a discount card at neighbors homes around the houses we do, so hopefully a few take advantage of it.
  43. 2 points
    There are a lot of roofs in general in Seminole county that need it but the education is lacking. Common response I get is I didn't know you could or were suppose to clean the roof.
  44. 2 points
    We are not, nor have we ever been Bonded. I promise we will not steal the satellite dish when we clean a roof
  45. 2 points
    That's why I rinse all roofs. Instant results.
  46. 2 points
    Here is a A-frame home in Ocean Pines Maryland. Cedar roof cleaning is a project that shouldn't be taken on by just and pressure washing company. We use our low pressure solutions to remove all of the mold-moss-algae and lichen from your cedar shakes and leave them in a like new condition. The roofs in Ocean Pines suffer due to the amount of trees in the close proximity and the laws against cutting them down. For more information on roof cleaning in the Berlin- Ocean Pines area, please visit our site. Ocean Pines Roof Cleaning and Powerwashing or call us at 443-880-7011
  47. 2 points
    Speaking of wire stakes, here is a cost savings tip for tightwads such as me. Buy a masonry reinforcement ladder from any home improvement center and chop it up with wire cutters. I can get 7 wire stakes out of a 10" x 10' ladder. My cost is roughly $0.40 per stake versus $0.80 from a sign store. And that doesn't include the cost of shipping.
  48. 2 points
    We have been in the roof cleaning business here in the Tampa area for nearly 20 years. We are proud to say we won the chamber of commerce small business of the year in 2002! We are also the founders of the Roof Cleaning Institute Of America We train, and certify, the best roof cleaners in the country, right here in Tampa! If you are looking to have your tile roof cleaned, isn't it nice to know you have found one of the best roof cleaners in America. We are not Handymen, Painters, or Yard Guys. For the most part, all we do is clean tile roofs here in the greater Tampa Florida area. And, we do it year round, not only when there are no houses to paint, or grass to cut. This is not "Our First Rodeo" ! Our company has cleaned well over 25,000 shingle, metal, and tile roofs, an 20 years of business. We hope to add you to our ever growing list of happy, repeat customers. The black stuff you see on your tile roof is not dirt. In fact, there is very little dirt up there. What you are seeing is a plant. This plant must be killed and removed, so the tile roof cleaning lasts a good while. Pressure washing does not kill this plant, it merely removes the still living plant, and scatters it everywhere, where it can easily regrow again. Our exclusive chemical cleaning process and treatment insures the longest lasting tile roof cleaning you can buy. You can pay more, but you can not get better! Here are a few pictures of some tile and shingle roofs we have cleaned over the years. Like we told you before, the black stuff you see on your tile roof is a plant. Even though we kill and remove it, and offer a treatment to postpone it's return and regrowth, it will always come back. We live here in Tampa Florida, a semi tropical area. Our famous heat and humidity is the ideal environment for this plant to thrive in! Oh, I almost forgot, here are 3 pages of additional roof cleaning pictures we uploaded some time ago http://www.flickr.com/photos/roof-cleaning-tampa/page1/ They are a bit unorganized, but I think you will get the idea ? I am Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning 813-655-8777 When you call, you will not be talking to some salesman, but to me, the owner of the company. I will answer any tile roof cleaning questions you might have, and provide you with a free, no obligation estimate.
  49. 2 points
    Do you have a dirty slate roof? Roof Cleaning by A&E has a solution to your dirty slate roof problem! Restore the natural beauty of your slate roof with a non pressure roof cleaning from Roof Cleaning by A&E. Using a safe and effective non pressure cleaning method, we can remove the unsightly stains from your slate roof and return it to its original natural beauty. These pictures show a slate roof that we recently cleaned in Lancaster, PA. We achieved these dramatic results by using a non pressure roof cleaning method which restored the natural beauty of this slate roof. Our roof cleaning will give same day results at a fraction of the cost of replacement. Call us for all your roof cleaning needs! (717) 324-4208 In addition to roof cleaning, we also offer other exterior cleaning services: Soft Wash House Washing Pressure Washing Gutter Cleaning Rust Stain Removal Window Cleaning www.roofcleaningpa.com
  50. 2 points
    None of this is true.... Google is huge beyond comprehension....Google crawls with bots and indexes with programs, not people....so the only limitations they have are those they set for themselves. Getting a site crawled is a matter of Google finding a link to it on a site that it crawls often. Soon after it crawls the site, it places it in the index. How it ranks when it is first indexed is based on all the same SEO factors every page faces. I regularly get new sites crawled in days.....on page 1 in days. 95% of all the people mystified by SEO are wallet raped by the 95% of SEO providers that don't have a clue......or perhaps like the easy money. I built this site in a week.....launched it on 2 Jan. It was crawled in less than 24 hours and landed on 7th spot on it's initial indexing. On day 3 it hit #1 and has been there ever since. I just took the #2 spot with another site I made and it took 4 days to crawl and rank 2nd.
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