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Mossy Roof Cleaning by Neptune Clean

Mossy Roof Cleaning by Neptune Clean

When I speak to home owners about Roof Cleaning I’m very open about the fact that the black streaks we normally treat is harmless and doesn’t effect the life of the shingles. The algae causing the black streaks on your roof is actually a cyanobacteria called Gloeocapsa Magma.

Moss or lichen on the other hand will cause damage to your roof if left untreated.  Moss on a roof is caused by lots of moisture and lots of shade. The moss spores arrive on your roof carried by wind or animals and can easily spread throughout neighborhoods. Unlike algae, moss can be detrimental to asphalt shingle performance.

Moss can thrive on roofs because it’s a non-vascular plant that obtains water through its leaves and not through a root system. Here in North America, moss tends to grow on north facing roof planes that receive less direct sunlight and stay damp longer than south facing planes. 

In addition, trees that overhang a roof constantly shade any sunlight and our humid coastal climate helps to holds in moisture and acts as a food source for moss. All these conditions create the perfect environment for moss. Cutting back trees is recommended if you have moss growing on your roof. This will let some sunlight in and prevent it from growing back once cleaned

According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, 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.

The most effective method of cleaning algae and moss from a roof is with a strong antimicrobial mix of six percent liquid chlorine bleach and water. Cleaning moss from a roof requires more work then cleaning the algae causing black streaks normally encounter here in Hampton Roads Virginia.

Moss has to be manually brushed to remove the larger chunks before treating with the potent antimicrobial cleaning solution. Apply with a softwash sprayer and allow the solution to dwell on the roof surface for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with low pressure water. Be sure to take proper precautions to protect landscaping and surrounding areas from the chlorine bleach solution.

Do you have moss or those unsightly black streaks ruining the appearance of your home? Call your Softwash Super Hero to get a quote on bringing back your home’s natural appearance.

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How Much for Pressure Washing Service?

How Much for Pressure Washing Service?

Pressure Washing Costs

How Much for Pressure Washing Service?

You’d think answering this question would be pretty cut-and-dry but as a small business owner, I’m compelled to tell you the whole story. Of course, our goal is to deliver a value proposition that exceeds your expectations. To do this, we’ve spent a lot of money before we earn a dime. Startup costs are a significant one-time expense while operating costs are an on-going financial burden that allows us to be available when you need us.

Before you happened upon our sweet Neptune Clean website, we spent a bunch of money and time creating it. This is also an ongoing endeavor as we strive to bring you new and meaningful content like this article. Then we had to spend money on advertising so you could find us. Before we can show up at your home and provide top-notch service, we had to get the proper supplies and equipment. Our cleaning technicians must be trained and get paid so there are training and labor costs. Oh, did I forget to mention the cost of licenses and insurance?

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All of these things factor into what we have to charge driving costs up. Luckily for you, the consumer, I have to compete with all the other pressure washing services in my market and remain competitive. This drives costs down. Also, the longer we’re in business and the Neptune Clean brand becomes more recognizable the less we have to spend on advertising bringing costs down.

Finally, the types of services you need will factor into pricing. It’s easy to clean vinyl siding which will cost less than cleaning gloeocapsa magma (roof algae) from your roof. Roofs are not as accessible; the cleaning solution is more expensive and quite frankly its dangerous. Decks and fences made of wood are harder to clean then most composite materials.

Ok I think you get my point when considering how much for pressure washing services.  According to Home Advisor, the average cost of having your home cleaned by a professional pressure washing service company is $288. Nationally, costs range from $187 to $388. The industry standard for calculating pressure washing costs is based on the square footage of your home. This cost can range between $0.15 – $0.75 per square feet.

Here in Hampton Roads Virginia, you can expect to pay between $0.12 – $0.15 per square feet. The factors that play into fine-tuning the cost down for our area are the homes construction material (siding type), accessibility, waterproofing prep-work, vegetation, and obstructions.

If your home is vinyl sided, easily accessible with limited plants and I don’t have to move anything before cleaning the price will be less. If your home is made of brick with custom made wood doors and brass doorknobs that need waterproof protection, the pre-work will drive the cost higher.

Lastly, technology has help to drive costs down a bit through the use of applications like Google Earth or Zillow. Nine times out of 10 we can provide an estimate for services without ever stepping foot on the property. Zillow provides fairly accurate square footage of your home as long as it was at one time listed on an MLS listing service. Google Earth is fantastic for measure the square footage of roofs or decks or the linear footage of gutters or fences.

Inclosing, we do a minimum charge we have to collect even for the smallest of jobs. This is because we have to cover the costs of showing up at your home. If we didn’t, we would lose money and go out of business. The best way to save is to take advantage of bundling our cleaning services. Have your home, roof, and driveway cleaned at the same time and we’ll through in the cleaning of your lawn furniture for free. Give Neptune Clean a call today to get a quote on how much we charge for pressure washing services for your home.

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Can You Spot Treat My Roof?

Can You Spot Treat My Roof?

I get this question often and my answer is always the same. Customers ask me to treat only the section of roof that has the worst algae growth. In most cases it’s the north- or east-facing side of the home. I understand the question. Homeowners are always looking to save money and why treat the entire roof if only half of it has an algae outbreak. There’s only one problem.

Like I’ve mentioned in previous articles about Roof Cleaning, the algae causing the black streaks on your roof is actually a cyanobacteria called Gloeocapsa Magma. Once the bacteria become noticeable, the stains will continue to worsen as the bacteria colony grows with gravity pulling it downward resulting in smear-like stains running down your roof. The spores are spread through the air and deposited on your roof. This means that it can be present on the entire roof but may only thrive on the north- or east-facing sides. If you spot-treat what you can see, what you can’t see will soon spread to the recently treated areas. So, no I do not spot-treat roofs. If I did, my customers would be calling me back in a few short months to ask me why the black streaks are back.

Do you have those unsightly black streaks ruining the appearance of your home? Call the King of Curb Appeal to get a quote on bringing back your home’s natural appearance.

 

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Why is green stuff growing on the outside of my house?

Why is green stuff growing on the outside of my house?

Why is green stuff growing on the outside of my house?

Hampton Roads is home to lots of military folks who often become first-time homeowners while their stationed here. I often get the question; “why is my siding turning green”? The first words out of my mouth are usually, “welcome to Hampton Roads”. Well, if you’d like to know what’s growing on your home’s siding and roof, keep reading.

 The unsightly organisms that grow on the roofs and siding can be moss, algae, lichen, and sometimes mold. All of these can create black streaks, brown or greenish blotches on your home. From a distance, it’s hard for a casual observer to know exactly what it is so I’ll break it down to help you understand.

 Mosses are classified as plants and use photosynthesis which turns sunlight and water into food they need. Algae, according to the University of Florida, are in the plant kingdom, but technically they are not plants.

 Algae range in size from microscopic to meters long like what you see growing on the side of your home as the algae spreads causing huge green, unsightly patches. These organisms may look like true plants, but unlike plants, algae do not have roots or true stems and leaves.

 Algae, like Moss use photosynthesis as do lichens, which are combination organisms that have algae or bacteria living within a structure made of fungus, with the fungus dependent on the food the algae or bacteria make via photosynthesis. Mildew are solely fungi, also an independent kingdom from a botanist’s perspective. They get energy by feeding on organic matter where they live. They don’t use photosynthesis, so they don’t need sunlight that’s why you will most likely see mold or mildew living inside walls or crawlspaces where there’s plenty of moisture and no light.

 Our climate here in Hampton Roads is the perfect combination of precipitation and humidity for the growth of algae, moss, and lichen which is what you are most likely to find growing on the outside of your home.

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How to Remove Roof Algae

 Let’s begin on the top of your home. The most common type of roof algae, Gloeocapsa Magma or blue green algae protects itself from damaging ultraviolet rays by producing a dark pigmented sheath. The algae discoloration typically begins as small spots on your roof then quickly transforms into streaks on the roof plane. By the time the algae are visible, its likely been present for several months or longer.

 The safest way to clean roof algae is to simply call Neptune Clean! Removing roof algae is difficult even for the experienced DIY’er. Ladders are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits and walking around on a steep roof is the safest thing to do either. The only effective way to remove it is to apply a strong cleaning

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Gutter Guard Installation

Gutter Guard Installation

Should You Install Gutter Covers?

I guess that depends whether or not 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.

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

how to clean concrete

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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How to clean paver walkway

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