November 01, 2019
One of our customers asked: “My customer has a rainwater harvesting system with water butts and storage tanks connected to the gutters. He uses the rainwater harvesting system to store water for his flowers and other plants. Whilst the water butts will be disconnected during cleaning, and the gutters will be cleared on completion, my question is - how long should they remain disconnected to minimise any risk of contamination?"
We'll do our best to explain from first principles, based on our experience and research.
The first thing to say is that Ben has been using Benz Bio Cleanze to treat roofs for many years, as have hundreds of our softwash contractor customers.
And we have never observed, nor received any reports of, harm of any kind coming to plant life through run-off from treated roofs going into garden water butts, other rainwater harvesting systems, and rainwater storage tanks.
We understand your customer's concern, as we also love our flowers and other plants. And so when Ben started Benz Softwash he conducted extensive tests on his own garden to determine the most effective ways to apply Benz products without harming plant life.
All should be well as long as you:
a) Remove all loose organic material from the roof (by hosing off the roof after scraping and then flushing the gutters with fresh water so the debris cannot fall into the water harvesting storage tanks and butts.
b) Allow the treated surface to fully dry out before re-connecting the butts or water harvesting tanks.
c) Follow our guidelines.
We hope this information is helpful.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
PS: After completing the first softwash treatment, put your customer on a "Clean & Maintain" ongoing maintence programme.
Customers will enjoy a permanently clean property and contractors will enjoy a steady stream of repeat business.
A win-win arrangement for both customer and contractor.
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When soft washing it's vitally important to protect surrounding building materials. e.g. lead flashing. And not to create "clean streaks" – from overspray and run-off – on surfaces that are not part of your contract.
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