Below are some common questions that customers and prospective customers have.
How do you actually clean siding?
The vinyl siding institute has some good information on safely cleaning vinyl siding that we adhere to. We combine biodegradable and environmentally friendly detergents to our algaecide. After the agents are applied, we keep the area wet and allow 5-10 minutes of "soak in" time for the algaecides and detergents to start melting away the all the algae, mold, mildew, dirt & stains. If there are rust stains on your home and you want those removed, we will apply our anti-rust agent in those areas after the house has been washed. Likewise, if your gutters are oxidized and have streaks that have stained over the years and you want those removed, we will apply our agent to remove the streaks and oxidation.
We clean the siding using low pressure settings on our commercial power washer. We have the ability to apply a large volume of water to an area without using excessive pressure that could harm your siding. This is something that a homeowner can not do without a commercial grade power washer. We have seen several homes with siding damage due to improper powerwashing where too much pressure was used or the person powerwashing the siding was too close and burned the siding from water friction. We use great care using this method of washing your siding. It is the fastest way to clean your house with very little or no brushing and soft cloth wiping down of your siding.
Will the algae come back?
The short answer is yes. Just like a swimming pool, algae will come back even after a shock treatment. We kill the bulk of the algae using algaecides and bio-degradable surfactants so most homes will be algae free for 9-12 months after we clean the house. Our customers have noticed that when the algae does start to come back, it is severely less than in previous years before we cleaned the home.
How do you clean a roof?
We clean the roof by using a soft wash approach, gently applying our algaecide and detergent to the roof using garden hose pressure. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer Association has a page dedicated to the education of the black streaks and how to properly treat roofs and we follow these guidelines. We take great care in making sure the algae\mold\mildew\moss are killed on the roof while taking proper precautions to make sure your plants in the mulch beds are not harmed. We do not use pressure washers on the roof because high pressure will not get rid of the problem and will harm your shingles. When we leave, the algae streaks will be gone and the lichen and moss will be dead. It's important to understand that the moss and lichen will still be on the roof when we leave BUT, they are dead and it will take 6-12 weeks for the moss and lichen to safely release their hold on the shingles with no damage and wash away with normal rain.
Is the Rust removal and oxidized gutter treatment part of the house wash price?
We clean the algae & mold from the gutters as part of the house wash price but that does not include additional oxidation cleaning. If your gutters are streaked and oxidized and need additional cleaning or you want the rust removed from your house, we have to carefully estimate each job based on the severity and effort involved.
Can you clean my house in 1 application?
We can normally get rid of all the algae, mold and mildew in 1 application time but there are situations where the buildup is so thick that we have to apply a second application. Don't worry about the cost though, we don't charge you more than we quoted you!
Will your wash mix affect the color of my vinyl siding?
No. Our biodegradable, non-toxic agents will not fade siding colors. This is a common question that homeowners have, you can rest assured that the agents we use are color safe for your siding.
Do you clean windows?
Yes we do. See our Window Cleaning page for details. We can clean your house windows with or without the siding wash. If you want the windows washed as part of the siding wash, we wait until the area above the window has dried enough so no excess water will drip and run down the window. We will clean the interior and exterior of the window as well as cleaning out the tracks and screens.
How do you wash decks, sidewalks and driveways?
Our approach to sidewalks and driveways are basically the same. We use an area surface cleaner to minimize the amount of water and maximize the cleaning results. Our results are amazing especially compared to what a home owner can do with a normal power washer wand applicator.
Our pricing is around $.10-.15 per sq foot for Sidewalks and Driveways. If it drains well and isn't located in an area were dirt & debris is built up, we may be slightly under $0.10 per sq ft.
Example: A typical 18 x 40 driveway that is 720 square feet is around $70.
For decks, we use low pressure softwashing because the water stream can damage wood. Depending on the condition of the deck, we will use a combination of manually clean the deck then washing it with our deck detergent and afterwards we will rinse and apply our algaecide. After 10-15 minutes we will rinse & rescrub the deck to be algae free. The pricing on decks will vary depending on the condition of the wood, the severity of the algae build up and work detail on the deck spindles. As a gauge, our pricing is around $0.25 per sq ft. for decks that are in good condition. So as an example: A 12 x 14 deck that is 168 square feet would be around $40.
Are you insured?
Yes, we are insured! We are a family business and in this day and age businesses should not go without liability insurance.