Posts Tagged ‘gutter cleaning’

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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This past week was a busy one, we did a lot of roof cleaning, gutter whitening and even pressure washing here in Maryland and Delaware. Instead of talking about that, though – the follow words seem somehow more important. Next week, I promise to write a more relevant post about roof cleaning.

Our lives are not determined by

What happens to us,

But how we react to what happens;

Not by what life brings to us,

But by the attitude we bring to life.

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction

Of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes.

It is a catalyst….

A spark that creates extraordinary results!

What attitude do you choose?

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, LLC



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



Roof Cleaning Maryland

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We would like to welcome Hal Davis to the AccuWash team as our Eastern Shore Territory Manager. Hal was our Lead Tech and expressed the drive to change to a sales position. Hal knows all the moving parts required to effectively clean any surface, whether it is a roof, house, deck or gutters.

Hal worked for MB Visnice Custom Homes, Sylmar homes and Mallard Homes as a Superintendent as is a certified Home Inspector. Hal has a large network of home improvement contractors and brings many skill sets to AccuWash. At the end of his first week, Hal sold five different jobs! Today, Hal is hitting doors in Queen Anne County – shaking hands and kissing babies.

Welcome aboard!

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We like to say, “Buyer Beware,” but a lot of consumers just pick what is cheapest. This can royally screw the pooch, so to speak. Check the manufacturer bulletins before proceeding with any home improvement. When it comes to cleaning your house, deck or roof; not every surface can be cleaned the same way. Make sure you hire the most knowledgeable company. In this article, I examine two technical bulletins: Ashpalt Roofing Manufacturer Bulletin (ARMA) Trex Deck Cleaning Guide and the Dryvit Technical Bulletin.

Ashpalt Roofing Manufacturer Bulletin

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is a trade organization made up of roofers in North America. They spearhead the research and development within the asphalt roofing industry and as such, has created a cleaning bulletin for informational purposes. ARMA works with shingle manufacturers, lobbyists, the EPA local government to help the asphalt shingle industry grow and thrive.Formed in 1915, ARMA has been involved in the fire resistant shingle trend in the 1970s and the recyclable shingle movement of the 1990s.Today, asphalt shingles make up about 80% of American roofs.

One of ARMA’s publications it the “Algae Discoloration of Roofs,” where the explain what is growing on the shingles and recommend treatment procedures. Gloeocapsa Magma grows on many surfaces, asphalt shingles being an important one, causing dark discoloration and unsightly streaking. Some advancement in algae resistant shingles has been made, but just like gutter guards, each house is its own micro-environment. That means that the pitch, location and age of the roofing material all contribute to how bad the infestation will get. Algae resistant shingles are more expensive than regular shingles and come with a thick warranty detailing ways the manufacturer will not reimburse you if the Gloeocaps magma grows on the roof. ARMA recommends a cleaning method they call temporary and suggest buying algae resistant shingles.

Now, I would compare the cost difference between shingle types and get a quote from a reputable roof cleaner to see which path is right for the house. We live in nature and as such, cannot completely keep life from forming on dwellings. Between the wind and the rain, a shingle roof will only last about 25 years. ARMA is in the business of helping roof shingle manufacturers, not in keeping those shingles free and clear of algae. There must be a community or organization of roof cleaners that has cropped up to tackle this problem!

Dryvit Bulletin: Cleaning and Maintenance

A step down from the roof, after the gutters, are the house walls. Whether it is vinyl, wood, metal, brick, stucco or composite, the long term appearance is due to care and maintenance. Dryvit is a relatively new coating with an acrylic finish that does not require pressure washing. In fact, Dryvit specifically recommends that no pressure is used to clean the surface as high pressurized water can strip away the protective coating. Dryvit helps to insulate a building, which is good for the environment and your pocket.

Trex Deck

One of the most popular decking alternative, Trex Deck is a composite material that holds up better than wood. Like any porous material, it will trap moisture, dirt and grime. Unlike other manufacturers, Trex supplies a detailed cleaning guide based on the type of stain/dirt. They specifically do not recommend the use of a pressure washer or sandblasting as this will put lines in the material.

For More Information

Visit these links for more information about the manufacturers profiled in this article.
Roof Cleaning Technical Bulletins
List of Technical Bulletins from various manufacturers under research page.
Drvit Bulletin: Care and Maintenance
Direct link to the Drvit Technical Bulletin
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer Association
ARMAs Website
Trex Deck
Trex Decking Website
Morgan Clickner

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This roof in Waldorf, MD had a bad infection of gloeocapsa magma and lichen spotting on the front half of the roof. The back half was pretty clear of any visible black streaking, but we treated the entire roof since this organism spreads aerially. With the strong rain storm we are having today in Maryland, this roof and all the others we did last week will be rinsed clean – looking fresh, clean and new!

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