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Aardvark Newsletter
Inside this issue:                                                      
•    Fall Clean Up
•    Fall Power Washing
•    Misconceptions about Power Washing

Some people don't worry about autumn cleaning, since the snow will be falling soon and they have to do it all over again in the spring. However, it's a good idea to get rid of your home's dirt and grime from the past summer. Don't get too in-depth, but cover the basics and let the rest wait till spring. Here are some ideas to get you started on your exterior fall cleaning.
Exterior Fall Cleaning: Power wash the exterior of your house – A power washer, also called a pressure washer, has enough power to get rid of your home's residue that's been getting caked on over the summer with a heavy stream of water. You can buy one of these powerful machines or, if you don't plan on using it often, you can rent one. Start with the roof and work your way down.
Exterior Fall Cleaning: Clean the rain gutters on your home – Clogged rain gutters can cause serious damage so, once all the leaves have fallen, get rid of that soggy mess in your gutters. You can use the power washer to clean the exterior, but use a regular lawn hose for the inside after cleaning out the heavy stuff by hand.
Exterior Fall Cleaning: Wash your home's decks and fences – Also use the power washer to clean your home's decks, fences, and other wood surfaces. Replace any nails or screws that are missing. Don't worry about repainting or staining them until spring, though.
Exterior Fall Cleaning: Clean the driveways and sidewalks – The power washer is a multi-purpose machine; you can also use it to clean your driveway and sidewalks. After all, cleaning isn't confined just to the house! And don't forget to trim the grass that is growing between the cracks.
Exterior Fall Cleaning: Wash the windows, both interior and exterior – You will not want to use the power washer on your windows, however; the pressure is too strong and will damage them. Use a garden hose for windows that are too high to reach and make sure to clean around the trim of the windows that you are able to clean by hand.
Misconception #1
It's Easy Enough That We Can Do It Ourselves. This may be true to some extent but you can easily cause damage to yourself and your home if you’re not careful. I don't recommend to anyone to pressure wash from a ladder, this is very dangerous and should be left to a professional. Washing your vinyl siding from the ground at an upward angle will force water behind the siding causing water damage. Getting up in the air and away from the house will allow you to rinse the siding at a flatter angle. This can only be done with the proper equipment. Another thing is even small consumer grade pressure washing units put out too much pressure to wash vinyl, asphalt shingles, and pressure treated wood. Having the right equipment allows you
to turn down the pressure, so you’re not causing damage.

Misconception #2
High Pressure Is The Only Way To Get It Clean. Not true at all. Only contractors that use inferior cleaners have to depend on high pressure to do the job. High pressure can do a lot of damage to your home. Too much pressure will force water to get behind the siding of your home causing mold and mildew problems.
Wood is softer than you might think, and using too much pressure to wash a deck can cut wood and leave unsightly marks and scars that will show through the sealer. Using too much pressure on asphalt shingles is a huge mistake. Shingles have small pieces of grit on them, similar to sand, called granules. Excessive pressure can blow these granules off the shingles, lessening the longevity of your roof. Make sure
contractor grade cleaners and the right amount of pressure are being used.

Misconception #3
The Cleaners Being Used Will Damage Your Plants or Hurt Your Pets. Quality contractors use only environmentally safe products that will not harm your pets. But plants are more sensitive and need to be protected. If a cleaner is allowed to dry on the leaves of a plant it can leave burn spots. Covering plants with plastic is an option, but that can also be dangerous to the plants on a hot day.
A better alternative is to wet the plants down with water before, during, and after the cleaning process. As long as cleaners are not allowed to dry on the plants, there should be no damage.

Misconception #4
Your Roof Is Black or Has Black Streaks on It and Needs Replaced. Not necessarily true. Unsightly black stains or streaks on asphalt shingles is caused by a hardy type of algae called Gloeocapsa magma. This type of algae thrives in humid and warm climates and usually appears, first, on the North Slope of the roof where shade is prevalent and moisture tends to accumulate. The algae feed on the crushed limestone that is used in asphalt shingles. Rain then spreads the algae down the roof, causing black streaks. As the algae breaks down the shingles, the granules that protect the shingle are loosened and begin to fall off. This causes the roof to deteriorate and diminishes the roof's ability to reflect heat rays. If left untreated, the
algae will reduce the life of your roof, diminish your home's curb appeal, and increase your home cooling cost.
These roof algae can be killed and removed to restore your roofs appearance. But the right cleaners and low pressure is a must, so that damage is not done to the roof.

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Aardvark Residential and Commercial Services Inc.

Aardvark Residential and Commercial Services Inc.
13015 6th Street
Grandview, MO 64030
(816) 945-6070
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