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Gutter Guard Installation

Gutter Guard Installation

Should You Install Gutter Covers?

I guess that depends whether you like to get on a ladder to remove the leaves that are constantly filling your gutters. In the fall, here in costal Virginia gutters need to be cleared out every 4 weeks if not sooner to keep them flowing.

Once they get clogged and it begins to rain, the problems begin to compound. Debris keeps water from reaching the downspouts and forces it into areas you don’t want water.

In a perfect world I’d have to say yes, you need to install gutter covers. The only reason I can think of for having clean gutters is prevention of serious damage from to rot.

Clogged gutters can cause water to backup and drain into your eaves. The water has nowhere to go and sits for extended periods of time. This moisture cause fascia boards or eaves to rot. In extreme cases, water may find its way into the walls of your home causing mildew or worse, mold inside your walls.

Don’t rely on inferior gutter covers you find at the big box home stores. I have not found one retail to consumer quality gutter cover. The best gutter covers are going to be sold to contractors by wholesale building suppliers. You might find better quality gutter covers on Amazon but I’d do some heavy research into the reviews before sinking hundreds of dollars based on faith.

If you need some gutters cleaned or like to push the easy button and install gutter covers and never worry about cleaning gutters again, push the easy-button and call Neptune Clean!

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How to Clean Concrete

How to Clean Concrete

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How to Clean Concrete

Driveways, patios, walkways, and porches are hard surfaces that should be cleaned once or twice a year. Here in Hampton Roads, Virginia, the fall and winter weather recks havoc on your concrete or paver, or other hard surfaces. It brings leaves, gum-balls and other debris down causing stains. Moisture also plays a role in providing a breading ground for mold, mildew, or algae.

How you clean your concrete depends on the stains. I recommend a cleaning concentrate biannually to avoid a buildup of grime and tough stains that will require a professional cleaner.

If you already have tough stains or like the to push the easy button, the stop right now and call Neptune Clean at 757-384-0411. If you’re a hard-core DIY’er looking to save some money, then please keep reading.

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Steps to Clean Concrete

Step 1. The first thing you need to do is to remove any loose debris from the surface. A blower would be my first choice but if all you have is a broom then by all means start pushing it.

Step 2. Now that the surface is free loose debris, look for any standing liquid such as grease, oil, or perhaps wine (you never know). Since grease and oil stains are the most common and you’ve got what looks like wet oil standing, grab some Oil Dry from the garage and pour it on the spot. Kitty litter may work as well so pore it on and allow it to soak up the excess liquid for about 30 minutes.

Step 3. Once it’s all soaked up, grab that broom and dustpan and sweep up the Oil Dry or kitty litter from the surface. Now the surface is ready for cleaning.

Step 4. Choose your preferred cleaning product. You can probably find a ready-made concrete cleaning solution from your local big-box home store. I’ve heard everything from Pine-Sol multi-surface cleaner, Coke, vinegar and baking soda, to good old bleach and water.

  1. Detergents are recommended for smaller grease or oil spills. A strong detergent, water, a scrub brush, a sponge, and lots of elbow grease should do the trick.
  2. Vinegar and baking soda are best for those natural cleaning enthusiasts who have delicate plant life nearby. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar (or water and baking soda) and add a little dish detergent for a degreaser. Spray it on your concrete surface and let dwell for 30 minutes. Next is the elbow grease scrubbing action mentioned in the previous step.
  3. Concrete cleaners purchased from your local big box store are made from concentrated alkaline soap. These will go to work loosening oil and grease for easy cleanup. If your stains are fresh, this should work well. If the stains have been there for a while, it probably won’t work well.
  4. Bleach is best for cleaning large areas and works well on organic materials staining concrete. Simply fill a bucket with warm water and ¾ cup of liquid bleach and start mopping it on. Again, let the solution dwell for 15-20 minutes. Next get your brush or a push broom with stiff bristles and begin scrubbing the surface. Once you’ve loosened up all the dirt, mold, mildew or algae, simply wash the surface with a hose. The bleach will be diluted even more with rinse water so it’s safe to wash it away.

Another method would be to rent a pressure washer and surface cleaner from your local tool rental store. Of course, by the time you drive there, bring home these heavy tools, clean your driveway, load the equipment back into your truck and return it, you could have spent the same amount and had it cleaned by a professional.

My final recommendation would be to simply press that easy button and CALL NEPTUNE CLEAN today at: 757-384-0411

How To Clean Vinyl Siding

How To Clean Vinyl Siding

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The great thing about vinyl siding is that it offers all the appeal of wood siding without the maintenance worries. More specifically, vinyl siding has the look of wood without the rotting, splitting, checking, cracking, and it won’t attract insects. The Vinyl Siding Institute suggests you can keep vinyl siding looking new with periodic cleaning using mild soap and water from a garden hose.

As a professional cleaner I don’t dispute that you can keep your own home clean using soap and water. Having said that, I can assure you that soap and water will not remove the blue / green algae that is common here in Hampton Roads Virginia. We have an extremely moist, humid climate which is perfect for algae and moss growth.

Another caveat to keeping your home clean doing it yourself with soap and water is that you must doing it regularly. If you want to prevent the algae growth that happens, you’re must clean it monthly. At a minimum every other month. If you let it go for a year or longer, algae will grow, and soap and water WILL NOT remove it.

Human nature being what it is and homeowners being as busy as they are, cleaning your own home on a regular basis just isn’t practical. That’s where Neptune Clean can help!

How to Wash Vinyl Siding

If you plan to wash your vinyl sided home using soap and water, think of it as washing your car. Use a soft cloth or ordinary long-handled, soft bristle brush. If your vinyl siding has a textured finish, the brush will do a better job to keep the grooves in the texture stain-free. Start at the bottom of your home and work your way up rinsing the cleaning solution completely before it dries. That’s important, you don’t want dried soap residue left on the siding. If you have any brick below the vinyl siding, cover it so that runoff doesn’t affect the pores brick surface.

How to Remove Mold and Mildew

You can clean small spots of mold and mildew using common household cleaners. The problem with this is that these spots are usually higher up on gable ends of the home. You’re going to need a latter so please use all safety precautions.

If you have a larger section, the Vinyl Siding Institute recommends a solution of vinegar (30%) and water (70%). You can use a simple pump-up sprayer to make application easy.

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How to Remove Black Spots

If you have black spots on your siding near the bottom half of your home, you probably have what is called mulch residue caused by artillery spores. If that’s the case, I’ve got bad news. There is no known cleaner that will remove it from siding. Artillery spores come from a particular fungus living in shredded wood mulch or other organic material around your home. The Vinyl Siding Institute recommends replacing the shredded wood mulch with bark mulch and then replacing the siding. Click the link for more information on artillery spores.

Using Pressure Washers

Many manufacturers of vinyl siding DO NOT recommend using pressure to clean vinyl siding. Water under pressure can be forced behind the siding wetting the subsurface and potentially causing damage. Be sure to check with the manufacturer of your siding to find out what they recommend on how to clean vinyl siding.

The Best Practice for Cleaning Vinyl Siding

If you want your home clean without all the hassle, call Neptune Clean. We use the Soft Wash method to apply a safe cleaning solution a low pressure to your homes surface. The pressure used to apply the cleaner and then rinse is no more than 60 PSI which is about twice the pressure of a garden hose.

We protect any electrical fixtures and any vegetation surrounding your home. We’re fast, effective, and affordable.

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What is Roof Algae?

What is Roof Algae?

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Gloeo… Huh?

Have you ever wondered what those black streaks are covering your roof? Those unsightly black streaks are caused by algae. More specifically, gloeocapsa magma or blue green algae. The black streaks are actually a dark pigmented sheath the algae produces to protect itself from damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun.

The algae forms where moisture tends to dwell on roof surfaces. Our humid climate here in Coastal Virginia,  creates the conditions most conducive for algae growth.

The algae discoloration typically begins as small spots at the lowest point of the roofline lear gutters and then quickly transforms into streaks on the entire roof plane. By the time the algae is visible, it’s likely been present for several months or even longer.

Other more severe organic material that are found on neglected roofs are moss and lichen. To understand how to deal with this recurring problem on rooftops, it’s important to understand how it grows and spreads. Although some similarities exist, algae and moss are very different and require slightly different procedures to prevent or to remove.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) says that algae spores are carried by the wind or by animals and can quickly spread from one rooftop to another. That is why it is common to see algae growth on rooftops throughout an affected neighborhood. The same is true for apartment or condominium complexes, townhouses or row houses. Although there is no scientific evidence that algae is damaging to asphalt shingles, it certainly affects the aesthetics of a roof.

Having said that, on highly reflective or “cool” roofs, algae will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the long-term effectiveness of these roof systems. That’s why its important to address an algae problem as soon as possible.

Since moss is a non-vascular plant that obtains water through its leaves, moss must have a moist environment to survive. In Coastal Virginia, moss tends to grow on north facing roof planes. This is because it receives less direct sunlight and stays damp longer than south facing planes. Another factor are any overhanging tree branches. Trees provide additional shade and drop debris on the roof that further holds in moisture and acts as a food source for moss. Pine needles are the most troublesome in sticking to roof surfaces and holding moisture.

Moss spores may also be carried by wind or animals and can easily spread throughout neighborhoods. Unlike algae, moss can be detrimental to asphalt shingle performance. Moss can cause the leading edges of the shingles to lift or curl, which increases the risk of shingle blow-off during wind events. In severe cases, moss build-up can cause lateral water movement resulting in moisture damage to the roof deck or may even cause leaks.

To solve any algae, moss or lichen problem you may have, Call Neptune Clean. We are experts in the safest, most effect removal of these microbial invaders.

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