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Method of Exterior cleaning

What is soft washing?

A soft wash incorporates special low-pressure nozzles on the end of a pressure washing gun or wand. That’s combined with a house wash solution that removes the biological elements (moss, mould, lichen, pollen, dirt) and other stains without damaging surfaces on your home or killing your plants. The house wash solution is applied through a venturi fluid pressure system which we can use to select the proper volume of house wash solution for the appropriate surfaces.

Not only does the soft washing method clean exterior surfaces, such as your roof, cladding, deck, patio, or fence, safely and thoroughly, it also maintains the condition of paint, masonry and timbers.

What is pressure washing?

Both pressure washing and soft washing are done with a commercial Water Blaster/Pressure Washing machine.

Using the commercial water blaster we are able to select the proper volume/pressure ratio for the appropriate surfaces and conditions instead of using chemicals. This is where the two terms  pressure washing and soft washing are often confused.

In short, both pressure washing and soft washing can be used to wash your home or work space by a professional pressure washer. A professional power washing company should know exactly what combination and nozzle extensions to use to achieve the proper pressure, volume and  chemical mixture to clean all surfaces thoroughly, effectively and safely.

How to clean your gutters?

 

Cleaning gutters can be a dangerous task however if left to long, will often lead to damage. This happens as the extra weight can cause the gutter to sag and crack meaning rain will not properly drain via the downpipe, often leading to water damage.

 

To clean an urban gutter system you should start by identifying the fall of the spouting and location of downpipes. Next remove any large build up of foriegn materials such as plants, birds nests or moss, and any loose leafs and sticks, this will save time during clean up as you will not dispurse muck all over the property. Next, aslong as you have made sure you will not cause a blockage in or where the downpipe exits, starting from the highest point of fall and spray towards exit points. If you have easy access to spouting you should use a 100° white fan tip nozzle on your gun with the waterblaster running around 2000 psi to sweep along the spouting, washing any sediment away.

If you have a more difficult to reach gutter you can use a red or blue pencil tip nozzle at the same pressure to rinse where you cannot access. (be careful not to let the pencil jet hit any soft surfaces as you will likely leave damage)

 

Cleaning property with a rural tank system 

 

Cleaning gutters on a rural property can be more difficult and one that should be left to the professionals. Any muck that flows to the downpipe has a chance of entering your tank, contaminating your drinking water. This issue also means gutters on a rural tank system should be cleaned much more regularly than an urban home. To ensure your gutters are cleaned safely you should first disconnect the spouting from the tank. If you there is no way of disconnecting your tank from the spouting, our team are well equipped to install cuplets to allow diversion of the run off during a gutter clean. Next, remove any build up of foriegn materials such as plants, birds nests or moss, and any loose leafs and sticks, this will save time during clean up as you will not dispurse muck all over the property. Once all larger objects have been removed, wash from the bottom of the gutters fall (by the down-pipe) making your way to the top flicking muck out at the corners with a fast sweeping motion. This is extra insurance that nothing ends up entering the drinking water system. Once all silt dirt and grime has been removed, it is a great idea to rinse the edges of the roof flush clean water through the downpipe before reconnecting the diversion. This is a failsafe to clean up any remaining grime that is sitting on the roofs edge or has made its way into the pipe. 

 

Completing a Roof Treatment 

 

Weather conditions for treating a roof

First thing to consider when undergoing a roof treatment is the weather. If conditions are windy you may encounter overspray of the roof treatment solution. When conditions are wet or rain looks likely it is also not a good idea to treat a roof as the treatment solution can be washed off before fully completing its job. 

 

Will a roof treatment kill my plants?

 

Another important point to consider can be adolescent plants nearby. Small plants that have yet to establish a deep root system can be harmed by the roof treatment solution. To ensure this doesn’t happen all surrounding plantlife should be rinsed with water before and after the treatment. This dilutes the solution and will not be as harmful to your flora, to further protect, we will often cover gardens with a tarpaulin. At Pinnacle, we know that plants and other invasive organisms have no place on your house and can have a huge effect on the health of your property. We are also aware however that a garden is a key feature of most homes and one that many people pride themselves on. You can be sure that your plant-life will be duly looked after during any Pinnacle visit. 

 

Roof Treatment Safety 

Treating a roof can be a dangerous task, you run the risk of a fall from height, as well as being exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals. Proper thought should be had before every job to plan out the safest method. Respiratory masks and gloves should be worn and long sleeves are a good idea also. Treatment should never be sprayed up wind as you want to keep the solution as far away from you as possible. To further protect yourself you may want to add an extension to your lance again furthering yourself from the solution.

 

Roof Treatment Method

Before spraying any treatment solution it is important to have a plan of attack. First pick the safest point in which to mount the roof, keeping in mind pitch, and wind direction. Next spray down and cover before connecting the venturi hose and any adolescent plants  take your hose and lan

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