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roof cleaning industry newsletterMarch 2011



There have been several incidents reported by the media over the last few months regarding unexplained bird, fish and animal deaths. While it is ridiculous to believe that chemical roof cleaning is solely to blame for these events it does show how easy our delicate ecological systems can be affected by things we cannot see or sense.

Residents who are looking for roof cleaning contractors may be unaware that there is no state license for roof cleaning in Florida. As a result there has been an explosion of "Chlorine Cowboys" in Florida, these chemical roof cleaning contractors are being legitamised by an online forum claiming to an Institute of roof cleaning. Such a grandiose title would make you assume that they must know what they are talking about.

Sadly this is not the case, the RCIA appears to be a self serving online forum dedicated to promoting Chlorine as an acceptable roof cleaning chemical. As a result there has been little headway towards finding a more environmentally responsible alternative and now Chlorine is being used as the primary ingredient in nearly all chemical roof cleaning mixes in the U.S.

The warning label on a jug of chlorine reads as follows.

warning label on jug of chlorine

"DANGER this pesticide is toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. Do not discharge effluent containing this product into streams lakes ponds estuaries oceans or other waters unless in accordance with the requirements of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and the permitting authority has been notified in writing prior to the discharge." View the U.S Governments toxicology reports for Sodium Hypochlorite (Chlorine) and Sodium Hydroxide.

Most residential neighborhoods in Florida are located near, or adjacent to small lakes and ponds. The effluent run off from chemical roof cleaning is being absorbed into the ground and is making its way into the lakes, ponds and other water courses surrounding the developments.

The Clean4Life program is raising awareness of the ecological damage chemical roof cleaning is having on our environment. The campaign has responded to the publics growing awareness of green issues and the rapidly growing number of consumers who want to make more environmentally responsible decisions.

qa green certification program

In an effort to help contractors meet the needs of green consumers Clean4Life have recently launched their QA™ Green Certification Program, a merit based industry certification which is only awarded to companies who are sincere about promoting environmentally responsible cleaning solutions.

The QA™ program is a significant step forward for any business that understands the importance of green issues and is in a position to participate in the program. Visit the clean4life website for more information about the QA program.

Bio-Foam Barrier is our contribution to a greener future, our cleaning process and barrier maintenance program is a safer environmental alternative to chemical roof cleaning.

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The QA "quality assurance" logo is a trademark of clean4life we are an authorized member of the clean4life program