“Always happy with the level of professionalism provided. Operator was punctual, courteous and did an incredible job. I had to leave part way through but all gates and areas that needed to be secured were as I instructed which is important to me as we have an elderly dog and the operator acknowledged that and made sure they closed gates behind him so thank you.. Will go again in twelve months’ time. Thank you 👍”
Karlo, Coningham Tas
Our technicians pay close attention to detail and endeavour to accommodate our customers’ requests. Customers trust our technicians to enter their property and complete work, you can trust that they have a high level of integrity. We look forward to seeing you again next year Karlo. Thank you for your feedback and business, it is greatly appreciated.
Have you been told that your solar panels are self-cleaning?
If they are on a very steep angle and you get a fair amount of rain, then maybe you could get away with not cleaning your panels.
But most solar panels will require a clean. Birds defecate on them, trees leave pollen on them and moss and lichen grow on them. Everyday dirt and grime builds up and forms a layer over the glass.
Consider trying to look out of dirty glasses or a dirty window or windscreen. It is much clearer when they have been cleaned. The same can be said of solar panels. The cleaner they are the more efficient they are.
And let’s face it, you have gone to the expense of installing them so you may as well get the most out of them.
Just look at the difference in the before and after photo of the solar panel clean we completed in Launceston.
This client has requested that we clean their gutters every year and at the same time clean the panels. As we are there already, cleaning the gutters, we charge a reduced rate on the panel clean.
If you have not considered your solar panels before, it might be time to start now. And why not get the gutters done too?
Two jobs ticked of the list every year with a reminder from us when they are due. We will get the work done with as minimum of an interruption to your life as an email to see if you want the work completed that year. You don’t even have to be home when we do the work, as long as you are happy for us to be there without you.
You will be emailed a report and photos of the completed work along with your invoice, with our bank details. There is no face to face contact where COVID 19 is concerned. But if you want to talk to us we are happy to talk over the phone, through the door or window or face to face in keeping with the regulations of social distancing.
Booking a job is as easy as ringing, emailing or submitting a website enquiry.
Did you know that when you combine a gutter clean with a solar panel clean, it is cheaper?
If you have solar panels, have you considered cleaning them? Keeping the panels clean, maximises the efficiency of them.
These solar panels are now clean and ready for the task at hand.
We use our safety equipment to attach to the roof to clean the gutters on most jobs. It takes time to get our ladders out and then access the roof and install our temporary anchor system.
If you have solar panels on the roof and you were to clean them at the same time as the gutter clean, it would mean setting up and packing up once to do two jobs. Gutter-Vac Tasmania provides a reduced rate on the solar panel clean when both jobs are done together.
Vacuum cleaning gutters from the roof is a safe exercise when using our company, as we are all trained to work at heights. The job can be done easily with no mess left behind.
Our insurances cover us to work at any height.
We provide free, no obligation quotes. Contact us to get yours today.
Over time, the surface of your solar panels will collect dust and grime. This dust and grime will actually reduce the efficiencies of your solar panels and the amount of electrical power they will produce. This is why it is important to clean your solar panels.
But before you go up and try and do this yourself, there are some things to note.
Lots of water, on a roof, with no safety equipment is a disaster waiting to happen so don’t DIY
You shouldn’t use chemicals on solar panels as this can damage them
You need to look out for wires – especially if birds or critters have been ‘nibbling’ on them
Special brushes should be used to clean solar panels
It is always best to leave this to the professionals to do, but rain alone will not clean your solar panels. A bit like rain on the windscreen of your car gets it wet, but it is the windscreen wipers that clean the window.
So yes, it does matter if you do or don’t get your solar panels cleaned, but it also matters on how they are cleaned. #leaveittotheprofessionals
Just the slightest of spots on a solar panel can cause an inefficiency in the output of power.
Dirty solar panels can lose up to 50% of efficiency, when compared to clean solar panels. These are the results of recent university research.
Do you drive around with a dirty windscreen on your car?
It is so much clearer looking through a clean windscreen. Using the wiper blades keeps the middle of the windscreen clear but when you look at the edge of the windscreen a dirty film collects and is not wiped by the blades. The visibility of light is obscured in the outer parts of your windscreen. This is the case on a solar panel, if light is obscured then this loss of light will decrease the efficiency of the panel.
Dust and grime collects and settles on the panel. Rain water carries particles that are left on the panel after the rain has evaporated. Moss and lichen grow in spots and reduce the efficiency.
If you have gone to the trouble and expense of installing a solar panel system, then you want to get the most out of them.
Gutter-Vac Tasmania cleans solar panels and we have a scheduling program to send out a reminder every year. We also reduce the price per panel when combining the solar clean with a gutter clean.
Why not obtain a no obligation free quote today for both solar cleaning and gutter cleaning.
Do these look like they are self-cleaning panels to you?
Some of our clients have been told they would not have to clean their panels. The rain would wash away the filth. But dirt and grime collects and adds a film over them.
And what about the lichen that may grow? There is also pollen. It sticks to the panel in little yellow spots and even when cleaned off can leave a residue mark.
Cleaning your solar panels regularly will increase the output to your system. Even a small amount of dirt or lichen on your panel can decrease the output efficiency.
Imagine looking through dirty glasses all the time… It makes it hard to see through.
Then you clean them and how bright everything suddenly is!
It is the same with your solar panels.
Imagine just how much more rays can be soaked up if the panels are clean…
There is a certain process you need to follow when cleaning the panels on the roof.
To stay safe from slipping, we start with the lower panels, working from one end and to the other. Then we make our way to the top row of panels and stand above the row so we are not standing in the water used to clean the panels.
Always work either from bottom to top or across the roof and keep ahead of the water you are putting on the roof to clean the solar panels.
This is not a D.I.Y. task, as it requires safety equipment to work on the roof and has a high risk factor if you do not know how to manoeuvre around the roof and solar panels, avoiding the excess water.
Avoid the risk and get those panels soaking up the rays again. Call in the professionals and see what we can do for you. Combing a gutter clean with a solar panel clean gets you a special rate on the solar panel clean.
Birds can cause a lot of issues to a property and we see them all. There are many ways you can protect your property from the results of birds plus their nesting behaviours and do this in a humane way that doesn’t cause injury or harm to the birds.
The biggest issue we come across with birds that can not only be dangerous but also costly is when birds get in under your solar panels and decide to nest. This is not only just birds, but also rodents and possums as well. The challenge with solar panels are that there are lots of wires and connections and these can easily be dislodged by the birds (or other critters) causing the panels to simply stop working.
There is a very simple fix to this and it is by placing a specialised mesh (that won’t affect your solar panels) that is clipped safely around the edge to deter and stop birds and critters from getting in and under your solar panels that could cause expensive damage to the wiring of your solar panels.
Did you know pigeon droppings can be toxic and we are often asked to remove them and we have to take a lot of precautions when doing so? Wouldn’t it be great if we could deter the pigeons from deciding to rest on your property from the start.
There are many ways to do this and most are with use of specialised mirrors, revolving objects and in some cases specialised ‘spikes’ to deter birds from taking a break and sitting on your property.
At Gutter-Vac we work closely with a company that manufacturers bird proofing devices so that we can install for our clients. Because we are fully safety trained and insured to work at heights, there are more things we can do than simply provide a vacuum gutter cleaning service to your property and bird proofing is a more common request than you would first assume.
So if you are having issues with birds or you simply want to protect your property (such as your solar panels) then give us a call and we can discuss your needs and find the best solution for you and your property.
It is not something that the average person thinks about on a day to day basis or even something you would notice, but as your solar panels are out in the elements, they will collect dust and dirt. This dust and dirt doesn’t always wash away with rain, it is often ‘stuck’ to the solar panels.
As the dirt and dust builds up, it will slowly, over time decrease the efficiency of your solar panels to convert solar into electricity for your property.
There is an easy solve and that is to simply clean your solar panels.
Now a word of warning. This is not a DIY job because firstly, being on the roof with a lot of water is extremely dangerous and without the right safety gear, it is so easy to slip and fall – onto the roof or off the roof. The second thing to note is that there is a way to clean solar panels so that you don’t damage them. Using chemicals or harsh scrubbing brushes could damage your solar panels beyond repair which would be a very expensive mistake.
You’d actually be surprised at just how dirty solar panels can get and how much this can reduce their effectiveness, so if you haven’t had your solar panels cleaned in a while (or ever) then give us a call for a free quote and let’s get those solar panels producing maximum energy output for you and your property.
While most people love to hear birds chirping, it can be a little annoying when the symphony begins at the crack of dawn – making a weekend sleep in impossible. It’s even worse when birds are nesting in your roof as baby birds are particularly noisy.
But nesting birds aren’t just inconvenient.
The nesting material becomes a fire hazard, while birds bring lice and mites into your roof cavity to create a potential pest problem.
We can provide the solution with a gutter guard system that prevents birds from entering the roof at the gutter line.
Bird proofing is also a good idea if you have solar panels. It’s common to find birds and possums nesting under them. Again, this creates a potential fire hazard, an increase in vermin and possible damage to your solar panel hardware.
If you look after your roof, your roof will look after your home.
To prevent problems with birds, possums, lice, mites and possible fire hazards in your roof, call Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches on 1300 654 253 for a free, no obligation quote.
“Gutter-Vac operators Simon and Chris were highly professional as always, coping with some pretty dramatic weather on their visit. Both gutters and 23 solar panels were thoroughly cleaned. The report provided was excellent.”
Pru, Blackmans Bay Tasmania
Do you have solar panels installed?
Did you know that we clean solar panels?
When combining a gutter clean and a solar panel clean we charge a cheaper price for the solar panel clean, as we are already set up on the roof for the gutter clean.
Imagine looking through the windscreen of your car. The dirt and grime of the environment cover the outside surface and make it dirty. Regular washing of it allows you to see through the glass.
Your solar panel is the same. It collects the dirt and grime and becomes less efficient. Cleaning them will increase the power generating capabilities.
It might seem like an easy DIY job to clean gutters or solar panels BUT the safety aspect should be seriously taken into consideration.
Firstly, there is the issue of working from heights for either a gutter clean or solar panel clean.
Secondly, there is the hose and water to consider. Water to any roof surface will greatly increase the risk of slipping and could end in falling off the roof.
Why risk a fall in either of these two activities?
Get your gutters and solar panels cleaned in the same visit and save money.
We suggest that you give us a call and we can do up a free quote for you.