Is Roof Cleaning Safe?

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Is Roof Cleaning Safe?


We get this question a lot, and before I answer this let me just say this, roof cleaning is safest when it is left to professionals. We do not recommend trying this yourself or taking this on as a DIY project. Our safe roof and exterior cleaning experts have been trained to ensure they remain safe on the job.


In this blog, we’ll talk you through our safety standards at Clear View Softwashing, so you know what to expect when you work with us for your roof cleaning.


Is roof cleaning safe for my roof?


Yes, our roof cleaning system – soft washing – is safe for your roof. In fact, it is considered a safe alternative to pressure washing, which is notorious for damaging roofs. It does not strip away materials. It is safe for the environment as it only uses water-based, biodegradable chemicals approved by the EPA as well as significantly less water than other methods. Finally, this roof-manufactured approved method remains effective 4 to 6 times longer by attaching dirt and infestation at its root, which helps prevent them from growing back.


How is roof cleaning safely performed?


The best way to clean a roof is always from the ground. Cleaning from the ground eliminates any risks from being on the roof or a ladder. Fortunately, most residential homes can be cleaned from the ground using water fed pole guns or other extensions. Our team loves being creative in order to stay off the roof.


If we cannot reach something from the ground, we do use ladders and practice ladder safety. You’ll often see us using pool noodles on the last rung to lean against for both comfort and safety. We may also use ladder stabilizers to allow the ladder to stand away from the roof and to protect your gutters or eaves. This wider stance also helps keep the ladder from sliding, which provides additional safety.


Cleaning from the top of roofs can reduce runoff. However, roofs become incredibly dangerous when wet, and we like to avoid this when at all possible. We do not make it our practice to walk on fragile roofs, especially because the following types are especially dangerous when wet.


  • Tile roofs
  • Metal roofs
  • Wood shake roofs
  • Steep roofs over a 7/12 pitch


In the event that one of our technicians must walk on your roof, you can feel confident that they have been trained to use the utmost caution and are only doing so to address those hard-to-reach areas.


Finally, our company policy is that all employees must use fall positioning safety equipment on any roof, on scaffolding, or in the bucket of a lift. We have a zero-tolerance policy in order to keep everyone on the job site safe.


Final thoughts


The best way to keep your roof safe is to hire professionals. At Clear View Softwashing, we dutifully train our professionals to ensure they know all the proper safety precautions. We also protect our clients from uninformed, uneducated, and sometimes unscrupulous service providers. For more information, contact us here.


Joseph Pepin 9/12/2021

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