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Why You Should Never Put Off Gutter Cleaning

Why You Should Never Put Off Gutter Cleaning

Investing an afternoon cleansing gunk out of your gutters is most likely not an activity you look forward to as a Cleveland, OH house owner, yet routine gutter upkeep is important in keeping your household’s roofing system, outside and structure free of water, debris and other unwanted elements.

What may cost you an hour or two of your time more than makes up for the prospective thousands you would spend restoring water damage to your property– or to your roof, should the gutter collapse from the weight of its contents.

We can’t make cleaning your gutters sound interesting, or even pleasurable, however we can offer you advice that might make the task easier and more effective. First off, let’s find out more about the significance of clean gutters.

Why Should You Clean Out Your Gutter System?

Gutters are created to collect rainwater from the roofing and carry it away from the structure of the home through downspouts. Because both the gutters and downspouts require to be clear in order to perform this job, having blocked gutters might cause an overflow of water.

If the water has no place to go, it will naturally fill up the gutter and ultimately overflow onto the structure of the property– and it won’t stop there! Depending on the amount of water and the condition of the foundation, water might leak into your basement or crawl space. Foundation repair work alone could cost upward of $10,000, and if water drips into your basement, your household could be at hazard of mold.

Clogged gutters can also present a weight pressure on your roofing and the fascia (the boards behind the gutters). If the gutters are too loaded, they may possibly collapse off the roofing system of your household, causing damage to the shingles of the roofing system and the outside of your home.

To summarize: A regular cleaning of your gutters can avoid damage to your roofing, outside and foundation, saving you thousands in possible repair expenses.

How Frequently Do You Need To Clean Your Gutters?

Now that you understand what’s at stake with clogged gutters, how do you ensure your gutters are well-maintained and able to successfully funnel water away from your household? Undoubtedly, it’s not useful to climb a ladder every day and inspect their condition.

Actually, a lot of experts will simply just suggest that you clean your gutters a couple of times a year: once in the early spring and another time in the fall. However, depending upon Cleveland, OH’s environment and the number of trees near your home, you may have to clean your gutters more often.

This is particularly undeniable if the Cleveland, OH climate freezes throughout the winter season. If your gutters are not able to properly drain water from your roofing system, the buildup of water might reach your roofing and trigger damage to your shingles when the weather condition drops to freezing conditions.

It’s likewise not a bad concept to inspect your gutters after an extreme storm. Leaves, branches and other particles might have ended up being dislodged throughout the storm and found their entry into your gutters.

It may sound like a lot to stay up to date with, but investing simply an hour monitoring and possibly clearing out your gutters a few times a year is worth the magnitude of cash you’ll conserve in potential damage. If you’re still not thrilled by the possibility of climbing a ladder and unclogging your gutters, you can outsource this job to a professional in Cleveland, OH. Call PowerGreen Pressure Washing today for a free gutter cleaning quote. 216-839-9274

Why You Should Not Pressure Wash Your House?

Why You Should Not Pressure Wash Your House?

Pressure washing uses highly pressurized water to blast off grime, mildew, dirt, and debris from your property. While this can be effective on durable surfaces like bricks or concrete, it can be damaging to softer and more delicate materials. Here are a few things you should never pressure wash:

Exterior Siding

Exterior siding is something you should not pressure wash. Wood siding may seem durable, but pressure washers can force water through the surface which can cause retained moisture and ultimately mold and mildew growth. Never pressure wash vinyl or aluminum siding either—these are easily dented and will result in expensive repair costs. 

Electrical Boxes or Meters

Many people think it’s fine to pressure wash electrical boxes because they get wet during rain. While these boxes can withstand simple water drops, they aren’t built to handle the high pressure from a pressure washer. Pressure washers can force water into meters and electrical boxes which pose a danger to your home

Shingle Roofs

The little granules that are on your shingle roof are extremely important to protecting your home. This coating is designed to prevent UV damage from the sun while blocking out the rain. Pressure washers knock off this coating, which will shorten the lifespan of your shingles and can lead to needing a new roof. 

Paint

If you want to keep your paint, don’t remove it with a pressure washer. Pressure washers typically operate up to 2,800 PSI which is more than enough to remove paint from your property

Windows

If you are pressure washing, always avoid the windows of your property. Glass in windows are not made to withstand the high pressure and will easily crack or shatter if they are blasted by a pressure washer. Even the sealant around windows can be damaged by a pressure washer, so be careful even getting close to a window. 

Gutters

Gutter cleaning is never fun, and if you have a pressure washer or decide to rent one, you may think it is a good idea to pressure wash them clean—don’t. A pressure washer can destroy gutters and leave you needing to replace the entire system. 

Use A Professional

If you need your home’s exterior cleaned, it’s best to consult a professional. At Powergreen Pressure Washing, we have special low-pressure equipment that can clean any type of surface without damaging the material beneath. Give us a call at 216-839-9274 to get started today.

Why You Should Not Pressure Wash Your House?

What’s The Best Way To Pressure Wash Siding?

Check the Condition of Siding and Windows

Before using the pressure washer, take a quick walk around the house to make sure that the siding is all intact and no pieces of vinyl have become loose. Check for cracks in the siding that water might penetrate and identify how the lengths of siding on long walls overlap. Make sure all of your windows are shut and check to see that caulking and glazing on those windows are in good condition so that water doesn’t seep in. 

 

How to Clean Vinyl Siding

If your home’s exterior has begun looking drab and faded, clean it with a pressure washer. Learn how with these easy step-by-step instructions. 

  1. Check with Your Siding Manufacturer to Determine What Detergents Can or Can’t Be Used for Cleaning.
  2. Pre-Rinse the Vinyl Siding with Water.  This Will Allow the Surface to Be the Best Temperature for Cleaning.
  3. Working in Sections, Using Low Pressure, apply a Commercial Detergent, and Allow to Dwell for Appropriate Amount of Time.
  4. Using Low Pressure, Rinse Completely, and Check for Any Areas That Need Detergent Applied Again.
  5. Be Sure to Completely Rinse All of The Siding Before the Detergent Dries on The Surface. This Will Prevent Costly Repairs Down the Road.

 

Tools Necessary To Clean Vinyl Siding

You will need, at a minimum a, 4 gallon per minute pressure washer with variable spray nozzles to control the PSI.  With vinyl siding cleaning, PSI lower than 300 is recommended.  A 4 gallon per minute pressure washing machine should be able to reach the top of any 2-story home as long as you are using the appropriate spray nozzles.  

When operating the pressure washing machine, you will want to wear gloves and eye goggles to protect your hands and face from exposure to detergent.  Some people’s skin reacts to detergents in a negative way and a trip to the hospital cleaning vinyl siding shouldn’t be on the list.

 

Hiring A Professional For Vinyl Siding Cleaning

As you can see from all the steps and equipment necessary to appropriately clean your vinyl siding, it’s best to hire a professional for this task.  A lot of times you would have to rent the appropriate pressure washing machine because you probably don’t have a 4 gallon per minute pressure washing machine on hand.  Couple that with the fact that you probably don’t have the correct commercial detergents to effectively clean vinyl siding and now you can see the importance of hiring a professional.  

PowerGreen Pressure Washing in Cleveland, Ohio is the area’s premier vinyl siding cleaning company.  We are insured, reliable and professional.  You can trust us with your most precious asset – your home.  Visit our website https://www.powergreenclean.com/ or call us to speak to a professional today.

 

Pressure washing vs Soft-washing!

Spring is right around the corner and you have a list a mile long of what needs to get done. Once those temperatures rise it’s time to emerge from our winter hibernation and we get the first glimpse of the sunshine filled outside world. Unfortunately, the first thing we see may not be all that pleasing to the eye. We begin to see the ugly emergence of that all too familiar friend, MOLD. Mold on our siding, mold on our brick, mold just about everywhere. During the winter months, the cold weather doesn’t kill mold spores. They survive just as other plants do, hiding in the pores of your exterior surfaces, and as the weather warms they go into growth mode. Taking in all the fresh moisture they can grow, making our homes an ugly green rather than a fresh clean. So now it’s time to have your home cleaned and you need to decide if you are going to do it yourself or hire a professional. Most homeowners think homes can be pressure washed and that’s all they need. This idea is outdated and has been given to them by home improvement stores, painters, general contractors and even some window cleaning companies. So they rent a pressure washer, use their own or hire one of these general guys with a power washer to clean their siding or roof.   This is where the trouble starts… What you won’t see is what’s actually happening. First, yes the mold is being pushed off the surface, but only the surface mold. The source of the mold, where it actually grows from, is still deep in the pores of the surface. More than likely your surface now has damage from the pressure which only provides the mold spores more areas to hide in. Next year, or even later the same year prepare for even more mold to show up! Vinyl siding and even aluminum siding was never meant to be pressure washed. Vinyl siding has a clear coat cover the outer most layer consisting of protective materials including a UV protective coating which prevents your siding from fading in the sun. Over time this outer coating oxidizes and begins to look cloudy. This can be seen very commonly near water spigots on the side of the home where you might lean against the siding, leaving an absence of oxidation where your fingers may have rubbed it off. High pressure used on these surfaces can pre-maturely remove these coatings causing damage, early sun damage, degradation and even in some cases voiding a warranty. A leading high-end siding manufacturer, CertainTeed, warns consumers away from pressure washing siding “NOTE:  We do not recommend power washing vinyl or polymer siding as it can cause moisture intrusion, damage, and/or discoloration.” and instead recommend using the SOFT WASH method. When using hard pressure this oxidation can be easily removed leaving visible streaks that actually make your home look cleaner but in reality, it removed all of your UV protective coatings, exposing your home to the damaging effects of the sun. Once this oxidation is removed by an untrained professional or homeowner, it will be streaky and very unsightly. The only cleaning option at this point is a full chemical restoration and unfortunately, this can be very expensive.
This is why we recommend not remove this oxidation in the first place. DON’T USE PRESSURE!
SOFT WASHING is the new industry standard. Quite simply it’s washing a surface, vinyl, aluminum, soft stone, even brick with a gentle rinse. Using chemicals, specially designed to kill the mold spores and used in a manner that is safe for your existing landscaping, pets, and the environment. This gentle rinse washes the dead mold away leaving your surface completely clean all the way into the pores. You may ask why companies like Powergreen Pressure Washing use pressure washers if they use the SOFT WASH method. Pressure is still used on concrete combines with heat and chemicals to clean years of mold and abuse on most hard surfaces. We then use special pumps designed for distance and volume rather than pressure to clean your vertical soft surfaces, chemically injecting our solution to the hardest to reach places. Soft bristle brushes can also be used to remove the most stubborn old stains and growth. No other method is recommended for cleaning siding and if another contractor or professional tells you otherwise, be cautious as they most likely don’t have your best interest in mind.  
Pressure should ONLY be used on hard surfaces such as concrete, hard stone, and some brick. Surfaces such as vinyl, aluminum, stucco, soft stone, and wood should ONLY be treated with a “soft-wash”
For a free quote, you can contact one of our team members today at 216-839-WASH (9274) or head over to our home page and submit a quote request. www.powergreenclean.com  

10 tips on preparing for a successful spring





Traditionally the post-winter cleanup and outdoor activities start when spring arrives, but as many of us have learned, very often unexpected things in our lives seem to pop up and throw us off our game plan. For this reason, Powergreen is suggesting to get a jump start on spring around mid to late March to avoid feeling overwhelmed and abandoning your spring cleaning plans or just running out of time. We have prepared one of the most comprehensive top 10 to do lists we have seen to help you on your spring journey.

After a long dull and cold winter spring can come sooner than expected. Start just before the nice weather arrives and you will be all set to enjoy the fruits of your labor with nice weather and a warm sun shining down.

 

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