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Chuck Bergman PC

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    Port Charlotte, Florida
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    Chuck Bergman Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing
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    Chuck Bergman
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    Port Charlotte, Fl
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    Pressure Washing and non pressure roof cleaning
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    I have been in this business since 1978 and no pressure roof cleaning since 1991 We are a father and son business, only.
  1. Is the Hammerhead with the grease fitting a better quality bearing or is the sealed bearing better?
  2. I bought a ZK7 aprox 4-6 gpm unloader and I already had 2 K7 unloaders new too. I can't tell which is the ZK7 ? They all say K7
  3. Compare Mi-T-M and Hammerhead Surface Cleaners

    Thanks and me too! But my son can't afford a WW so he wants something in the $300 range at 20"
  4. I use a 20" Whisper Wash. I have a 20" Hammerhead for backup. The HH is ok, but the steel spray bars rust fairly often. My son has a pressure washing business and I know quality on everything changes regularly. The WW is too expensive for my son. Which would you suggest and if you don't mind, why? Thanks! Chuck
  5. After 27 years straight in this business, I should know the answer to this. However old age and 9 prescription meds say differently! LOL What GPM will I get with a Comet 5.6 gpm pump on 13hp Honda engine, using a 2507 tip? I will be setting the pressure at 2500 psi. I want to be sure to order the right unloader. Thanks for your help! Chuck
  6. About Roof-A-Cide

    Yes, probably from him. But, let's face it, we are all talking about things that we talked about 9 years or 20 years ago, for the most part. There just aren't regularly found, new, unheard of information about pressure washing coming up to discuss all new subjects on. So, it's all ongoing discussions of the same old things, 98% of the time. If there is no interest in my subject, it will just die on it's own. But yes, I see your point-got any all new ideas to discuss? I have been in business since 1989 and I'll be 66 July 18th and I just can't think of one--other than the one I just posted, which was 2 new pieces of information I didn't know before! :pride:
  7. About Roof-A-Cide

    2 things I noticed recently. One, Roof-A-Cide has no rating at all with the BBB ?? Just a guess?? They demanded their rating be removed, because it was so bad?? Could that be? http://www.bbb.org/south-east-florida/business-reviews/roofing-contractors/roof-a-cide-in-palm-city-fl-92017968 2nd The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association says specifically, not to allow such coating to be applied to your roof? It says they don't work and that they can void some roofing manufacturer warranties? Right here- http://www.asphaltroofing.org/sites/default/files/tech-bulletin/tb_227.pdf I imagine It's just copper sulfate, so you can buy it for pennies on the sale dollar, but I did a Google search a while back and copper sulfate is EPA rated as a dangerous chemical. It "MAY" be EPA approved, at a certain concentration, but seeing as how the mixture is in the hands of the pressure washing company, who bought the { I heard $30,000.00 ?? } franchise, the concentration is what they choose to make it! The above is just my personal opinion, other than the links, which speak for themselves. I know from experience, that John Browne flips out when his product is discussed on open forums, but seeing as how he made the original post, I assume he understands that does not give him the right to sue me, like he said he was going to do, when I got involved in another open forum discussion about Roof-A-Cide some years ago!
  8. 24 YEAR PROFESSIONAL EXPERT'S ROOF TECHNICAL BULLETIN. Written by Chuck Bergman on 08/27/13 SHINGLED ROOFING: I have cleaned roofs in Charlotte County Florida since 1989. I started out pressure washing them, but I could see, with shingled roofs, severe granule loss taking place on the shingles and turning the pressure down didn’t solve the problem. Why? First off, it takes a certain amount of pressure to remove the black algae – period! So, if it requires say 1000 psi of pressure, which will work to blast the black coloration from shingles, then it’s just semantics. If at 1000 psi I can clean a roof holding my gun tip say 1 foot away, then, if I turn the pressure down to 1/2 that, I have to move in to 6″ away, bringing the pressure right back to 1000 psi. Another words nothing is accomplished! TILE ROOFING: With tile, most are manufactured with at least a light glazing on top of a slurry coating {paint} Pressure washing tile, requires a higher blasting pressure, starting at 1500psi up to 3000psi. This can remove or dull that glazing. If the roof has been pressure cleaned in the past and that glazing is mostly gone already, then the slurry coating, creating your roofs coloring begins to be removed. This will turn a red tile roof into a pinkish roof. It will turn other colors pale as well. Eventually, it will reach the plain cement the tile is made of, showing bare cement areas. Some companies have found an easier pressure cleaning tool, called a “Surface Cleaning Machine” and to cover the fact that these machines use pressure to the extreme, they give their cleaning method nice names like shampooing your roof. These machines were originally designed to clean flat surfaces { I own 2 } and are great on driveways, sidewalks and cement parking lots, where almost no damage can occur. They are the worst thing you can do to a tile roof though. The powerful jets are angled to cut sideways, also, they are set at an exact amount of inches above whatever surface they are set on. With flat cement that perfect! Tile is not a flat surface, so the high parts get blasted badly, while the lower portions of the tile, barely come clean-if at all. If you went up and inspected such a cleaning job, you would find many small black lines of leftover algae. If any algae is left, it will continue growing and return with a vengeance within 1-2 years! A chemically cleaned, soft-washed tile roof is easily evenly coated and all algae is killed and disintegrated. That’s why a Non-Pressure Roof cleaning, as explained below, lasts just about twice as long as any type of pressure washing / shampoo style cleaning will. Fortunately, you are not stuck, having to accept roof damage in order to have a nice, clean, healthy roof! Many years ago, some of the roofing manufacturers, came up with a formula to “chemically clean” roofs, using no pressure at all. It’s called by a few names “Non-Pressure” “No-Pressure” Soft-Washing” and “Chemical Cleaning” I started using this method and chemicals specified by the roofing manufacturers and their Manufacturers Association {ARMA} back in the 1990′s and found that it cleaned tile just as well as it cleaned shingles! It calls for a mixture of about a 3-5% total solution of Chlorine Bleach and a little TSP {Tri Sodium Phosphate} I then add a commercial soap / surfactant to that mix, to thicken the mixture, so it won't run off the roof. Nowadays, there’s always someone trying to sell you something. Non Bleach alternative chemicals are on the market and I try them as they come out. They all use the “Eco-Friendly” “Green” approach, to sell their chemicals with. The products I have tried do not tell you what chemicals are in the product. So, are they safe and eco-friendly? Who knows? We do know bleach though! We wash our clothes in it, disinfect our kitchen food preparation areas with it, swim in it in our pools and drink it in our city water! When it dries, it turns back into salt, which is what it is made from. You can go to my website and click on “MANUFACTURER SPECIFICS” and read directly from the makers of your roofing, that what I am saying is what the makers of your roofing also say. Or just go there directly, using this click-able link: http://www.bergmanpressurewashing.co...Specifics.html Incidentally, the ARMA also says not to allow anyone to spray on ANY after coating “Field Coating” on your roof. It says that those coatings can cause damage and at the very least, none have proven to accomplish anything. They are sold as a supposed way to not have to ever clean your roof again. They only claim that the products will keep your roof clean for 2 years. 99% of all roofs cleaned properly, will stay clean longer than that, without buying into their programs. Read the ARMA statements here: http://www.asphaltroofing.org/sites/...tin/tb_227.pdf So, after 24 years of roof cleaning: First with a Pressure Washing machine and then without the use of any pressure, this is what I have learned to be facts. Chuck Bergman Roof Cleaning "AND" Pressure Washing. Charlotte and Sarasota County Florida. In business here since 1989. Father & Son business since 1994. No Work Crews - No Trainees! We do not run our business from a cell phone. We have old land line numbers that have been mine for over 20 years. We are permanent residents and here to stay! Englewood, Rotonda West, Placida, Cape Haze areas CALL: 941-698-1959 Venice, Nokomis, Osprey and South Sarasota office: 941-483-3673 Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda Office: 941-255-8600 Englewood, North Port Office: 941-474-8883
  9. roof a cide

    Hmmmm, this thread started out to be questions about Roof-A-Cide? Here are 2 answers for everyone to look into: I ran into these, they shows exactly what roof-a-cide is, it's simple copper sulfate, you can mix up yourself! It is undetermined if it is a carcinogen or if it's toxic, according to this info sheet, so if you choose to try it, be careful! http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Product.jsp?REG_NR=06667500004&DIST_NR=081322 The ARMA also says not to allow anyone to apply any roof coatings. This is a common sales gimmick. Usually pressure washing companies-not roof cleaning companies-will pressure wash your roof and then sell you an after coating, which they want to walk your roof and reapply every 2 years. http://www.asphaltroofing.org/sites/default/files/tech-bulletin/tb_227.pdf
  10. Targeting Areas You Want To Do Pressure Cleaning In

    Good information Chris! I never thought of such a thing? After reading this post, it certainly makes sense, even to a largely computer illiterate such as myself! I don't know if I have a blog here at the Grime Scene or not? I don't have time right now, but I know the Grime Scene is a strong SEO forum and probably the best rated website for pressure cleaning, just as the RCIA is for Roof Cleaning! Thanks for the SEO tutorial. I for 1 need it!
  11. Florida-Roof Cleaning by Chuck Bergman 33981 34224 34223 33947 34293 33950 34231 33946 33913 33920 33955 34292,, 34287 941-698-1959 You have probably heard all the new fad "GO GREEN" "Biofoam" "Bio Degradable" "Eco-Friendly" roof cleaning pitches that have cropped up recently. They try to convince unknowing homeowners that chlorine bleach should not be used on roofing to clean with. Now, here are the facts from The Roofing Manufacturers Themselves. It's your warranty, you can listen to the green salesman and pressure washing guys, who can blast the discolorations [ along with your roofs granules etc ] from your roof, or to those who make the roofing and honor warranties or void them. Here you go! I could easily supply more proof, but this is pretty obvious, I'd say. [h=1]TO MAKE IT SIMPLE. THESE ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE ROOFING MANUFACTURERS WHO SUPPLY YOUR WARRANTY AND MAKE YOUR ROOFING: From GAF Roofing Manufacturers about black algae removal: http://www.gaf.com/Documents/Algae_Staining_on_Shingled_Roof_Surfaces_-_Steep_Slope_Techn-43-808-v3.pdf "If a new roof is not an option, GAF recommends cleaning the roof with a special mixture. That mixture is:" 'bleach and TSP' "What NOT To Do! Do not power wash the shingles to clean the shingles. Some roof cleaning companies offer this service. However, it is not recommended." From ARMA roofing manufacturers Association-how to clean roofing. http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_217.pdf "Algae discolorations to remove from roofing surfaces, applying a solution of chlorine bleach, trisodium phosphate, and water. Solutions for these ingredients depend on the amount of discoloration. Solutions range to one cup TSP and 2.5 gallons each of bleach and water. Caution! High pressure washing systems for algae removal should not be used." From Owens Corning Roofing Manufacturers : "USE CHLORINE and TSP" "DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER" Owens Corning - Owens Corning™ Roofing Products Product Demo This one from the ARMA says not to allow anyone to apply any *after coating* such as Algaecides, Fungicides, Copper, Zinc, or other Roof treatments - not anything! http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_227.pdf[/h] Florida-Roof Cleaning by Chuck Bergman 33981 34224 34223 33947 34293 33950 34231 33946 33913 33920 33955 34292 34287 Charlotte & Sarasota County Florida Pressure Washing & Roof Cleaning by Chuck Bergman Since 1989 941-698-1959 941-474-8883 941-483-3673 941-255-8600
  12. I have owned a pressure washing business since 1978 and here in Florida since 1989 That's how Monier says here to do it. I have a local competitor here, that claims that's how they clean tile. I'd like to stick a psi gauge on their machine once! :-) I never tried and don't plan to! http://www.monierlifetile.com/technicaltools/pdf/15CleaningandMaintenance.pdf {Since 1991 I have used Non Pressure Roof Cleaning. } This is what I use-The manufacturer's suggested method and chemicals. Of course, they are telling a homeowner how to do it, so professional roof cleaners are going to vary the method and chemical mix some. From GAF Roofing Manufacturers about black algae removal: http://www.gaf.com/Documents/Algae_Staining_on_Shingled_Roof_Surfaces_-_Steep_Slope_Techn-43-808-v3.pdf Below is a partial "cut and paste" excerpt from GAF on how to clean a roof: "If a new roof is not an option, GAF recommends cleaning the roof with a special mixture. That mixture is: 4 gallons of water, 1 gallon of bleach and 1 cup of TSP" "What NOT To Do! Do not power wash the shingles to clean the shingles. Some roof cleaning companies offer this service. However, it is not recommended." From ARMA roofing manufacturers Association-how to clean roofing. http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_217.pdf Below is a partial excerpt cut and pasted below from ARMA: Algae discolorations to remove from roofing surfaces, applying a solution of chlorine bleach, trisodium phosphate, and water. Solutions for these ingredients depend on the amount of discoloration. Solutions range to one cup TSP and 2.5 gallons each of bleach and water. { Note that they are suggesting up to 50% chlorine!} First, gently disperse this solution on the roofing surface. Avoid scrubbing the surface, as this friction may loosen and remove granules. Caution! High pressure washing systems for algae removal should not be used. Owens Corning Roofing manufacturers says the same thing: "USE CHLORINE and TSP" "DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER" Corning info in link below. Click Link, Go to "Do I need a New Roof" Then to "Algae growth" and read what the manufacturer says. Owens Corning - Owens Corning™ Roofing Products Product Demo Chuck Bergman Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing Charlotte & Sarasota County Florida Manufacturer Method Roof Cleaning Since 1991 Englewood 941-474-8883 Cape Haze, Placida, Rotonda, Grove City 941-698-1959 Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, South Sarasota 941-483-3673 Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, PGI, Burnt Store 941-255-8600