softwashing winter time

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by clay duncan, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. clay duncan

    clay duncan LawnSite Senior Member
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    does softwashing siding and roofs in cold weather (above freezing) work as well as it does during warmer temps.? any tips or advice is greatly appreciated......Clay
     
  2. Luke S.

    Luke S. LawnSite Member
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    40 degree surface temp is the lowest you can go. Sodium hypochlorite won't work below that.
     
  3. Roof Cleaning Virginia

    Roof Cleaning Virginia LawnSite Member
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    With all due respect Mr. Stead, that's incorrect. I'm not sure how that rumor has become so wide spread, as many seem to think that 40f is the cut off. It's not. SH simply works slower at low temps, and at some point the cold is too hard on equipment and hoses to be productive. (We've literally treated roofs that had heavy frost on them, of course it melted off on contact)

    So to the OPs question the answer is no, it's MUCH slower; but it can be done. With that said, go a little stronger with your SH mixture and be very patient.
     
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fresh and clear helps
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  5. Roof Cleaning Virginia

    Roof Cleaning Virginia LawnSite Member
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    Good 'ol "PMS". Good call Whiffy.

    I dug up some pics of a job done in the frost.

    1) The roof the day of the consultation
    2) The roof the morning of the job (homeowner in the pic moving her cars)
    3) Immediately after the job - still wet.
    4) The final result - all dry and looking great.

    There are a bunch more before and after pics on our website.

    Reston1.jpg

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  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you still working? I stopped late November
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  7. Roof Cleaning Virginia

    Roof Cleaning Virginia LawnSite Member
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    We roll year round when the weather allows for it, although it is much slower in the winter. Speaking of which, we could use a couple days of good weather now.
     
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'll probably start advertising again next month. December is always lousy
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  9. clay duncan

    clay duncan LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks for the replys , I have cleaned a couple of houses in December...im still in the learning process....Clay
     
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Were farther north than you. It gets cold up here.

    I just can't spend $800 every two weeks for no roi. So I wait until its a little warner and/or past the holidays
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