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If you’re anything like me, the cleanliness of my solar panels is generally the furthest thought from my mind. But in reality, it’s worth giving your solar panels a thought every few months or so because even a thin layer of residue can make a big difference to their performance. 

Solar panels can get quite dirty, which is logical when you think about it. They are exposed to many external influences that can make dirty the panel, including dust, grime and salt kicked up from nearby roads, bird or bat droppings, and minerals (the main culprits in watermarks) left behind by evaporated rain and snow.

It may seem obvious, but a photovoltaic (PV) system works best if it has completely unobstructed access to the sun’s rays for most or all of the day. Even something as seemingly inconsequential as waterspouts left from rain or snow can have a big impact on the performance of your panels, while bigger spots, obstructions or (heaven forbid) damage can have a much greater effect that may be entirely disproportionate to their size.

Another hazard to a solar panel’s performance may seem surprising. The structure of a house, with its felt or shale roof shingles and tough outer sidings, is built to withstand the most common natural forces, including hail, wind and the resultant flying detritus (tree branches, twigs, and other assorted assaults). But solar panels are fairly delicate creatures, their dark petals designed to spend their life passively sunbathing, soaking up the sun’s rays and internally converting them into energy for you to use. 

Enter the dark forces of nature, and a solar panel’s surface can without too much effort be cracked, chipped or otherwise broken. This situation can go entirely unknown by you for months, until you realize there is a problem with your energy production and usage. 

Of course, nobody really wants to spend their days fretting about solar panels. Part of the purpose of their existence is to eliminate stress from the planet-wide impact of burning fossil fuels – so who wants to replace that stress with worry about their solar panels getting an owie? The easiest way to avoid that stress is to schedule a solar panel checkup at least every six months. You can use your trusty phone’s calendar app to remind you and then clamber onto the roof to do a manual inspection. Or better yet, you can leave it to the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah to keep track of when your solar panels need a checkup and then take care of any cleaning and repairs that need doing at the same time, all without falling off the roof (we all have Masters degrees in gymnastics and the high-wire).

Give BCS a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your solar panels’ regular maintenance checkup. We’ll have you saving the planet again at your full potential in no time!

At BCS Cleaning Utah, we feel like cleaning anything is always a job worth doing, but cleaning your solar panels is particularly worth considering. After all, solar panels are specifically DESIGNED to spend their entire lives outside under the elements, contending constantly with beating sun, driving rain, aggressive hail, salt-laden snow and the rest. So does cleaning solar panels actually make any difference to their performance and durability?

The short answer is yes, it really does. And for some reasons that will make total sense as we explain.

Solar panels can get very dirty, which is no surprise when you think about their level of exposure and what they are exposed to  – dust, grime and salt kicked up from nearby roads, bird or bat droppings, minerals (the main culprits in watermarks) left behind by evaporated rain and snow, and ice, rain and snow themselves

It may seem obvious, but a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system works best if it has completely unobstructed access to the sun’s rays for most or all of the day. Even something as seemingly inconsequential as waterspots left from rain or snow can have a big impact on the performance of your panels, while bigger spots, obstructions or (heaven forbid) damage can have a much greater effect that may be entirely disproportionate to their size.

Worse than simply being dirty and obscured, if a solar panel actually becomes damaged – either dinged, cracked or worse yet, shattered, by falling or blowing debris, it’s not just its immediate performance that can be impacted: it may need repair or even total panel replacement. 

All these issues are fairly easily avoidable with a regular inspection and maintenance schedule. At BCS Cleaning Utah, we have been clambering over roofs and inspecting solar panels with magnifying glasses and cleaning equipment for the better part of the last decade.

BCS will take care of, not just the inspections and maintenance themselves, but also the schedule for when these are needed – we will let you know with reminders before coming out to care for your solar panels. This takes all the stress, uncertainty and hassle out of their maintenance for you, and makes sure your solar panels constantly operate at tip-top capacity. 

If you want the hassle of solar panel maintenance and inspection taken care of for you, give the professionals at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE solar panel inspection.

Disaster has struck! A pipe burst and your carpet got sopping wet! Or someone spilled a bucket of water all over the carpet! What to do?? In the second of our two-part series, we’ll walk you through how to do with water spills, large and small, on carpet.

How To Deal With Big Water Spills

It’s pretty stressful, although not uncommon during our Utah winters, when one of your pipes bursts or starts leaking, especially if there is carpet involved. But follow our simple steps as quickly as possible to protect your carpet from mold and replacement.

• Remove water as quickly as possible. 

This might seem obvious, but if at all possible, don’t leave it to the air alone to do the job of drying out your carpet. If the water is sitting above the surface of the carpet, get a cup and bucket and remove as much water as you can by hand. Then use absorbent towels to sop up as much as you can of the rest. 

• Use fans to speed up carpet drying process. 

You can usually rent commercially powerful fans from Home Depot or similar, but just a regular household fan will help to keep the increasingly damp air moving. 

• Use a dehumidifier to dry out the room. 

Even a small one will help. Rent a larger, more powerful dehumidifier if possible. 

• Steam clean carpet and flooring. 

BCS to the rescue! Our specialist carpet cleaning machines don’t just get carpet wet to clean them – they also contain extremely powerful vacuums specifically designed to suck water out of carpet fibers. These alone will be able to remove a lot of the excess water from your carpets. Plus there’s the added advantage of us being able to then actually clean your carpets, which further reduces the chances of mold spores surviving. 

• Sanitize walls and baseboards to remove mold spores.

• Check furniture and remove to air dry in another location if necessary. 

Leaving damp table legs in contact with damp carpet will just cause both to degrade faster, through either mold, rot or damp-damage. Separating them to dry separately will speed up the whole process and potentially save both.

When you’ve done all the above, give the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah a call at 801 561 1730.  We are experts in disaster remediation for carpets and will be at your home in a jiffy to rescue you from damp-related doom.

The festive season is upon us and disaster has struck! A pipe burst and your carpet got sopping wet. Or an over-zealous guest managed to spill soda or wine all over the carpet. What to do?? In our two-part series, we’ll walk you through how to do with water spills, large and small, on carpet.

How To Deal With Small Water Spills

It’s very frustrating when someone manages to slosh water all over your carpets. But follow our simple steps as quickly as possible to protect your carpet from mold and replacement.

• Remove water as quickly as possible. 

This might seem obvious, but if at all possible, don’t leave it to the air alone to do the job of drying out your carpet. Use absorbent towels and steady blotting pressure (don’t rub) to sop up as much water as you can.

• Use fans to speed up carpet drying process. 

A regular household fan will keep dry air moving across the surface of your carpet and help to dry it out faster.

• Use a dehumidifier to dry out the room. 

Even a small, household dehumidifier will speed up the process and prevent nasty damp smells.

• Steam clean carpet and flooring. 

BCS to the rescue! Our specialist carpet cleaning machines don’t just get carpet wet to clean them – they also contain extremely powerful vacuums specifically designed to suck water out of carpet fibers. These alone will be able to remove a lot of the excess water from your carpets. Plus there’s the added advantage of us being able to then actually clean your carpets, which further reduces the chances of mold spores surviving. 

• Sanitize walls and baseboards to remove mold spores.

You only really need to think about this step if the spill happened right next to a wall or baseboard. If the wet carpet is not contacting either directly, it should remain unaffected.

• Check furniture and remove to air dry in another location if necessary. 

Leaving damp table legs in contact with damp carpet will just cause both to degrade faster, through either mold, rot or damp-damage. Separating them to dry separately will speed up the whole process and potentially save both.

When you’ve done all the above, give the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah a call at 801 561 1730.  We are experts in disaster remediation for carpets and will be at your home in a jiffy to rescue you from damp-related doom.

Between the snow, salt, rain and mud, your carpets will take a comprehensive beating during winter. Prepare now to preserve your carpets during the colder months following our easy four-step guide.

 

1 Place New Interior & Exterior Mats at All Entryways

Your first line of defense against the damaging effects of salt, dirt and general dampitude is proper mats outside and inside each exterior door. Textured plastic scraper mats can be placed outside to remove larger salt crystals (no one likes treading on a giant lump of escaped salt in bare feet!) and prevent slipping, while indoor wiper mats help get the majority of the moisture off shoes. More is always better when it comes to mats – they will save a lot of seasonal damage to your carpets and save you’re a considerable amount of extra time vacuuming winter debris that escaped the rigors of your doorstep rituals.

 

2 Reduce Staining with Preventative Carpet Treatments

There are several different options for carpet treatments that help repel moisture and dirt. Any of our carpet cleaning experts at BCS Utah will be able to advise you in the best carpet treatment for you.

 

3 Increase Carpet Cleaning Frequencies

It stands to reason that in the winter, it would be necessary to increase the frequency of your carpet cleaning schedule to keep on top of the higher levels of moisture and dirt. Your cleaning frequency will depend on the number of high-traffic areas in your home and how frequently they are used. 

 

4 Stock Up on Both Spot & Deep Cleaners

Have plenty of spot cleaners and deep cleaning solutions on hand to deal with nasty messes quickly and avoid grinding dirt and moisture deeper into your carpets. A little preventative work now goes a long way in helping your carpets to last and stay looking as good as new.

Call the Park City and Draper carpet cleaning experts at BCS Utah today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE Winter evaluation and to get your personalized Winter maintenance program moving.

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