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At Accuwash, we currently only use the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) approved method of a sprayed solution consisting of Sodium Hypochlorite, proprietary fungicide and other environmentally friendly ingredients. The solution is contained and controlled to protect the homeowner’s property at all time during the process.
This is done with collection bags at the downspouts, fine control nozzles and a ground man watering or flushing any majorly contaminated areas. We do not pressure wash the roof or use a pressure washer for any part of the roof cleaning process. All black streaks (algae) will be invisible at the time we leave. If you have moss or lichen and want it removed we can scrape it off, but it is not recommended as it pulls granules off the shingles with the roots. We recommend that moss and lichen be left to break at the root level after it is treated. Any moss left behind will be dead and will fall off in about three months. Moss is any large fluffy clumps that may be growing, just like moss around a tree. We do not rinse the solution off as this is dangerous to the yard when the solution is still active, and the longer it is left on the roof the more effective it is, as a preventive measure against future growth. Not rinsing saves time and money for the homeowner as well as saves water in the process. Once the solution becomes inactive it is simply salt left behind.The Chemical solution has been found by 3M corp. and ARMA to be the most effective and safest method to combat Gloeocapsa Magma algae, Moss and Lichen.We also have liability insurance and worker’s compensation should anything happen while we are cleaning your roof. Not many roof cleaners have this safety net in place! Please visit our website, linked below, as well.http://accuwashmd.com/

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Fall officially starts one week from today, but today’s cool weather feels like Fall already! Fall is, personally, my favorite time of the year and I’d like to share some of my favorite activities. Enjoy!
Maryland Rennassiance Festival
MD Renn Fest

Revel Grove, located in Crownsville Maryland, boasts a full medieval town complete with jousting, mead, turkey legs and street performers. No tents with plastic tables here folks, but full buildings were everyone looks the part! Great for kids of all ages, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Rock Climbing, face painting, music, massage, feats of dexterity (Ax throwing) and even elephants!
Visit there Facebook Page for up to date information or their website for pricing.
Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Muffin

As soon as the weather cools, I start dreaming of pumpkin muffins. For breakfast or dessert, these treats are yummy in the fall.

Ingredients:

  • Muffin Ingredients:
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup (heaping) Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Golden Raisins (optional!)
  • _____
  • Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • _____
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup Softened Butter
  • 4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 pound Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
Apple Picking
Apple Picking

Get your hands dirty and get some exercise while you are at it! Apple picking is easy and requires no bending down like berry picking. I did a lot of apple picking with my grandfather when I was little, so I know first hand how much fun this can be for children.

There is an online directory of orchards with an easy to use map to find an orchard near you. Always call ahead before making plans to make sure of the open picking hours. Then, promise an apple pie to the best behaved child, that will get them motivated!

Maryland Orchards

Sincerely,

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, LLC

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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Gutters were intended to collect water from the roof, so a house would not be surrounded by a stream of water creating a small trench in the yard. The problem is they don’t just collect water – they collect leaves, twigs, pollen, seeds, etc.  There are a myriad of gutter protectors out there: guards, helmets and even sponges that are designed to alleviate the need to clean out the gutters on a regular basis.

Dirty gutters, roof, soffits and fascia

The problem remains though – what happens when the metal holes get clogged or the sponges can’t dry out? The gutters clog and water ends up backing up into the roof, fascia and soffits and it doesn’t evaporate creating a healthy environment for algae/mold to grow.  We cleaned a roof this week that had sponges in the gutters. Not only were they ineffectual, but the sponge became a wonderful nursery for trees and weeds to grow. See how dark the wood is under the gutters? That was white last year!

Failed Gutter Sponges

When we got on the roof the clean out the gutters and remove the sponges, this is what we found: The sponges prevented the gutters from flushing the detritus.

So, after removing all the sponges and flushing out the gutters, we are able to perform roof cleaning! Not only that, but we cleaned the fascia too. All I can say to gutter guard companies is: keep it up! You are aiding our industry considerably.

 

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Innovation has come to the pressure washing industry, at least in the commercial industry. Alcoa Architectural Products has developed  a coating of titanium dioxide that is built into the manufacturing process of Building materials. This coating allows the building to keep itself clean, on the outside! The science works like this:

1. Free Radicals Released: When sunlight strikes the titanium dioxide particles embedded in Alcoa’s EcoClean building panels, their electrons get charged. The energy is transferred to oxygen and water molecules in the air, forming free radicals.

2. Search and Destroy: The free radicals attack and oxidize organic pollutants on the panel and in the surrounding atmosphere, breaking them down into benign compounds.

3. Superslick Surface: Free radicals cling together on the EcoClean building panel, creating a slick surface that allows rainwater to wash off in sheets rather than form beads. As the water cascades off the building, dirt remaining on the panel is washed away.                                                                                                       ~Forbes, June 6, 2011 Todd Woody

Alcoa is working on buildings in North America and Europe with companies that are trying to increase their Green image. A self cleaning building that doesn’t require a pressure washing or a reclaim system means less work for exterior cleaning companies. It means a larger initial investment by building owners that will pay for itself in reduced cleaning costs and a friendlier image. Seems like a great idea to me – time to think outside the box everyone. Stagnation will be your defeat!

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, LLC

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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The National Cleaning Expo (NCE) is in Tampa, FL again this year. This large industry event pulls pressure washers, vendors, and distributors form across the entire United States.  Held at the lovely MainSail Suites near the Tampa Airport July 27 – 30th, each room comes with a full kitchen and dinning room.  There are always a lot of giveaways, but the best prize is the pressure washing skid. Only one key opens the lock to this prize and keys are given out the entire expo. It pays to be there the entire time! The expo is free if you stay at MainSail Suites, and only $30 if you choose to stay somewhere else.

Benefits:

Certifications: Roof Cleaning, Paver Sealing, Wash Water Control and Wood Restoration

Demos: Vendors and Cleaning Professionals show you how to do it!

Speakers: Free Information from those who know

Panel of Experts: From fleet washing to marketing your business, bring your questions.

We will be there on Wednesday, July 27th and Bill Booz will be presenting as well (Topic TBA) Hope to see you there!

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, LLC

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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This week, we cleaned a lovely home in Potomac, Maryland. The stucco is in need of some repair, so it needed to be cleaned first. Stucco cannot be cleaned with a pressure washer as it would add further damage. The roof tiles were made out of concrete, colored a dark brown. There was lichen spots all over this roof. Add in some large slate patios and gutter whitening and this house took us two full days to complete. We threw in some free rust removal on the front concrete and viola! This recently purchased house is ready for summer parties and Memorial Day Cook-Outs! Here are a few pictures of the roof cleaning and stucco washing. Please view our Gallery for a complete album of this job.

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, Owner

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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I love watching Myth Busters and this weeks episode explored the plausibility of medieval torpedoes. Now, what do pressure washers and medieval weapons have in common? Well, I’ll tell ya!

According to historical record, a tear shaped object was used to attack invading marine vessels. After a few small scale tests of varying designs, the Myth Busters decided upon a flat-bottomed, tear shaped object to test this myth. At first, Jamie welded a cannon ball to the end of a jack hammer to start shaping the sheet metal. Shortly thereafter, the weld broke and Jamie decided to try something new – Hydroforming!

After creating a mold or stencil of the tear shape, Jamie bolted the sheet metal underneath to a frame. He then used a pressure washer to pump water into the contraption. Sine sheet metal is malleable, the shape appeared within moments. He placed a top bar above the entire thing to know when to stop the pressure washer. Basically, this diagram, but upside down. It was very cool to watch and I was tickled pink that they used a pressure washer.

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, Owner

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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