Below is a great before and after of a concrete pool patio cleaning job Terraclean recently performed. Traditional power washing uses a wand that an operator swings back and forth. Although this tool cleans pretty well, it leaves stripe marks in the concrete that are unsightly. Our rotary surface cleaners clean perfectly evenly, leaving no stripes behind. Anther bonus of this tool, is that during the cleaning process, 99% of the water is kept under the surface cleaner, which prevents the dirty water from going into the pool. So, not only do you get a cleaner patio with Terraclean, but we don’t make your pool dirty in the process.
A roof gets dirty for one or all of the following reasons. First and most commonly is the exposure to sun. Typically, you will notice that the northern exposure of your roof is dirty, while southern exposures may remain clean. This is because the northern exposures are constantly in the shade and rarely dry out. Early morning dew creates moisture and mold and algae grown in that environment. Typically, all northern exposure surfaces are dirtier than all other areas due to this lack of sun. Secondly, a roof is likely to get dirty if there are overhead trees or branches. The tree creates shade on the roof, which prevents the roof from drying out and causes mold and algae to grow. The tree also drops debris on the roof creating roof stains. Lastly, roofing manufacturers have removed most of the asphalt from the shingles and have replaced it with limestone. This limestone is a perfect food source for mold, algae and moss. So, you may notice any of these issues with your roof, algae (green) black streaks (dead algae), flat light green spots (lichen) and fluffy lime green spots (moss). All are incredibly unsightly but more importantly, they are extremely damaging to your roof. They literally eat away at your roof and if left untouched, they will eventually eat through the shingle.
Some companies lightly spray a chemical on the roof (soft washing) that removes these stains. They are using a chemical which is harmful to the environment. That is why they need to use masks on their face and spray the shrubs down with water while they are applying the chemical, to prevent from burning the landscape. This process does work, but the lichen may take weeks to die and fall off. They may also need to come back again for a second application.
Terraclean does not use the above process. Terraclean first applies an organic detergent that is safe enough to wash your hands with. This product loosens the algae, moss and lichen. Next, we steam clean the roof with over 200 degrees. This literally melts all of the debris off your roof and instantly the roof is perfectly clean without causing any damage. There are no chemicals used, and the results are instant. Terraclean cleans over a thousand roofs a year. Please visit www.terracleanpowerwashing.com to learn more and watch our videos to see how its all done.
Stone can be a very difficult surface to clean. Most stone is very porous and as a result, absorbs liquid. Because almost all liquid is dirty, the soil is brought into the stone. When the moisture evaporates off, the soil is left behind, deep into the stone. Traditional power washing will not clean the stone because it is only blasting off the dirt on the outside of the stone. In an effort to clean the stone as well as possible, most operators blast away at the stone with as much pressure as possible, hoping it will clean the stone. In doing so, they damage the stone and the cement joints between the stone.
Terraclean Power Washing, LLC. uses safe detergents that bond to the soil and pull it to the surface of the stone. Then, we gently power wash the stone with hot water to remove as much soil as possible. The result is typically near new restoration. What’s important, is that no damage is done to the surface. Here is a great example of an Englewood, NJ 100 year old stone building we recently restored. Please visit www.terracleanpowerwashing.com for more information.
Gutters play a very important role in keeping your home protected from the elements. Gutters remove the high volume of water that comes from the roof during a rain storm. The rain runs down the roof, and falls into the gutter. The gutter then brings that water to the downspouts which empty the water either into a seepage pit, or expels the water down on the ground into your lawn. If the gutters aren’t working properly due to them being clogged with debris, they can not function properly. As a result, the water will spill over the gutter and drip down the side of the home. The water will rot wood over time and cause damage. It will also dump all of the water up against your foundation and saturate the ground, possibly allowing water to enter into your basement. Proper maintenance on your gutters will ensure that they are working properly.\
Interior gutter cleaning is a routine maintenance service that involves cleaning debris out from the interior of the gutter using a combination of hand removal, leaf blowers and garden hoses. We then flush the gutter with water to ensure proper flow. Our professional team members can even perform this service when you’re not home, making the scheduling much more convenient for yourself. During the cleaning process, we make note of gutter problems and always supply you with a detailed estimate before performing repairs.
Throughout the course of the year, we recommend that gutters are cleaned six times per year. The first in March to clear out the debris left from winter so that they are ready for “April Showers”; The second cleaning in June to clean out all the oak tassels, seed pods, ragweed, “helicopters”, and other debris. The third in August to clear out the debris from summer storms, The fourth in late October, Fifth In November, and sixth in December during the heavy leaf season. this process will ensure your gutters are not only clean during the fall but are prepared properly for the winter. Terraclean’s interior gutter service can be performed from one to six times a year, depending upon your preference. Ask about our annual cleaning agreements. When you sign up, we’ll establish a regular cleaning schedule and you’ll never worry about gutter cleaning again! Please visit www.terracleanpowerwashing.com for more information.