Roof and chimney issues

Perform an Outdoor Inspection

A visual inspection of your roof can help you spot missing and damaged tiles. If this type of damage is localised, roofing repairs might be able to address the problem. More extensive damage might necessitate roof replacement. Also keep in mind that not only the roof itself, but the chimney, ventilation pipes, roof flashing, gutters and fencing can also become damaged. Be sure to inspect them for damage as well. If you suspect that your roof is damaged, here is a basic list of what to look for:

  • Composition tiles: Broken, damaged or missing tiles
  • Flat roof: Obvious patches, cracks or tears, several blisters and/or wrinkles (also check patched areas from inside the attic)

  • Flashing: Tears, buckling around roof penetrations

  • Soffits and fascia: Decay, stains
  • Soffit and ridge vents: Clogged or damaged vents, flashing and tiles around broken or missing
  • Gutters: Decay or rust, leaky seams, loosely attached to structure, bent or sagging, missing sections of gutter and downpipe, filled with debris. Clogged gutters can cause excessive weight on gutter fasteners.
  • Chimneys: Leaning, loose or missing flashing, damaged bricks, pointing damage, chimney flashing is especially prone to tearing because a chimney settles independently from the house.
  • Roofing cement and pointing: crumbling cement

Perform an Indoor Inspection

Moisture marks, brown, yellow, or grey stains, and peeling paint on walls and/or ceilings could all indicate a damaged, leaking roof. Also take a peek in your attic, where damp rafters or leaks could additionally point to roof damage. Please note the actual spot where the roof leaks is not always exactly where the water stains are appearing on your ceiling. Water can enter the roof at one point, and then run down to another before it starts to soak into the ceiling.

Advice for cleaning your windows

It’s recommended that you clean your windows at home at least twice a year. If you own an office building or a shop however, you may want to clean your windows more often to keep your building looking nice for prospective customers and clients. You may choose to clean your windows at home more often and maybe clean them yourself instead of hiring someone else to do it. If so, take a look at the rest of our blog post below for some advice on cleaning your windows at home.

Get the right tool for the job

If you’re going to clean your own windows, you want to make sure you’re using the right tools for the job at hand. Take a look online or pay a visit to your local DIY shop and see what equipment is on offer and decide what would be the most appropriate tool to use. If you’re only cleaning ground floor windows, then you could get away with a small handheld window cleaner such as a squeegee.

Second floor windows will be a bit trickier – but are definitely not impossible to clean yourself. Telescopic window cleaning pols are excellent at reaching high up windows without having to get up on a ladder. If you need to clean windows that are a bit higher up, you may be better off hiring a specialist high access cleaning company to avoid any unnecessary safety risks.

Do you need high access equipment?

As well as telescopic window cleaning poles, there are a range of traditional options to make window cleaning and other projects a bit easier. If you’re cleaning a second floor window you could always use a ladder to get up higher and closer to your windows. Make sure you’re using the right type of ladder for the job and that the ladder is carefully positioned on firm and stable ground. You should also take care to ensure that the ladder is set up correctly in order to minimise any personal risk.

How high up are the windows?

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As touched on earlier in this blog post, if the windows are too high up then you will more than likely be better off hiring a professional company with experience in high access cleaning. If the windows you need to clean are several stories up then cleaning the windows yourself is almost certainly not the most appropriate option. Cleaning Industrial Solutions are experienced professionals offering high access cleaning services for clients across Sussex. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

High Access Cleaning Advice: Use the Right Equipment For the Job!

There are a lot of different jobs that will require high access cleaning. Whether you need to clean the windows on the second floor of your home or need to clean the whole side of a building, you need to make sure you’re using the right equipment for the job at hand.

Ladders

If you don’t need to get too high up, then a ladder might be the best tool for the job at hand. It is important however to look into the right type of ladder in order to keep yourself safe. You should also consider a few other key safety tips, such as making sure the ladder is on firm and stable ground and to keep three points of contact on the ladder at all time. Always make sure that you are safe and comfortable with the equipment you are using. If you do not want to use a ladder, you could consider some of the other techniques mentioned below, or hire a professional to help.

Scaffold Towers

A ladder can make it difficult to complete certain tasks – so depending on the job at hand a scaffold tower may be appropriate. While normally seen on building sites or on larger projects, you can also hire a scaffold tower to work on high access cleaning projects at home. The height of scaffold towers can typically be adjusted, providing greater versatility, and can also offer more safety and protection than a ladder. With a larger platform to stand on, you are able to move around easier and keep a range of tools and equipment nearby. Again, you should always prioritise your safety when carrying out high access cleaning on a scaffold tower. Make sure you are using the right tower for the job and that the tower is in good condition and hire or purchase the tower through a trusted provider.

Cherry Pickers

You might associate cherry pickers with large industrial projects, but just like scaffolding towers, you could also hire a cherry picker for use at home or for commercial buildings and more. Using a cherry picker can be great for getting up high and perhaps cleaning your roof as well as a wide range of applications. If you hire a cherry picker, make sure to speak with the company beforehand for safety advice and how operate the cherry picker safely and correctly.

Call a Professional

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If you’re not comfortable working at height, or perhaps need a large job done quickly and efficiently, you should hire a professional company to deal with your high access cleaning. Cleaning Industrial Solutions are specialist providers of residential and commercial cleaning services, including high access cleaning. Give us a call today to see how we can help.

Advice on stopping your pipes from freezing

It should come as no surprise that the cold winter weather can cause your pipes to freeze, potentially leading to your pipes bursting throughout your home. A burst pipe could potentially cause serious water damage to your home. This could be costly to deal with and is of course not an ideal situation to find yourslef in at any time of the year – particularly as Christmas is approaching. We’ve put together this blog post to offer some brief advice on how you can prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter months.

Insulate pipes and tanks

If your pipes and water tanks are not already insulated then you should consider insulating pipes and tanks to reduce the chance of them freezing and bursting. When checking or installing insulation, make sure that there are no gaps at any part. Bends and areas with valves and other fittings are more likely to have gaps in the insulation, so pay particular attention to these areas to prevent any problems. You can buy insulation material from any good DIY store – if you’re not certain however you could always hire a professional to insulate your pipes and tanks. Note that insulation alone does not mean that your pipes will not freeze, but this will help reduce the chance of a frozen or burst pipe and help to protect your home.

Check your heating

If you’re staying in your home over winter and the Christmas holidays, you more than likely already have your heating on throughout your house to keep you and your family warm. This is also a great way to keep the pipes throughout your home warm and reduce the chance of them freezing. However, if your boiler has not recently been serviced you should consider having your boiler looked at by a professional. A problem with your boiler could lead to some pipes not being heated sufficiently and freezing up, and a broken boiler is never ideal regardless of the time of year. Most boiler manufacturers recommend having you boiler serviced annualy, but it doesn’t hurt to have your boiler looked at if you suspect their may be a problem.

What to do if you have a problem

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If a pipe does freeze in your home, it’s advisable to first turn off the water supply at the stopcock and then check to see if the pipe has burst or is leaking. If the problem does continue and your home suffers from flooding and water damage, you will need to call a professional company to help clean up. Cleaning Industrial Solution have many years’ experience dealing with water damage and flooding in commercial and residential buildings across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. If your home is flooded or has been effected by water damage, do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team who will deal with the problem quickly and professionally.

 

 

Keeping your home warm to prevent damp this winter

One of the main causes of damp and the spread of mould is cold weather and condensation. Excess warm moisture in the air such as steam or water vapour will cause condensation when it meets with colder temperatures that are common in winter. Condensation can also be caused by too much moisture in your home from everyday activities and not enough ventilation. In this post we will take a brief look at a few things you can do to keep your home warm in the winter, preventing damp and mould in your home.

Your Windows

If you haven’t already got double glazed windows in your home, you should consider getting double glazing. Double glazing helps to reduce overall heat loss in your home by preventing warm air from escaping. Remember that excess heat can also contribute to the spread of damp and mould, so you should also consider ventilating your windows.

A trickle vent can be useful in colder months as this means that the window does not have to be open for extended periods of time – which you definitely do not want to be doing in the cold winter months!

Your home

Keeping your home at a steady temperature in winter not only keeps you and your family warm and comfortable, but can also help fight the spread of damp and mould. Keeping your home at a constant temperature helps to prevent condensation from forming and causing further issues. You should ideally keep your home at a steady temperature for constant periods of time as opposed to short bursts of heating – this can cause further complications due to the result of warm air meeting cool temperatures.

Again, remember that ventilating your home is important – but take care not to over ventilate your home during the winter as this will make your house colder and likely increase your heating bills.

What to do if you have mould or damp

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If you suspect you have an issue with mould or damp that cannot be dealt with simple household products, you should get in touch with a professional company to carry out a damp survey. Cleaning Industrial Solutions have many years’ experience providing damp surveys and other professional services to commercial and residential clients across Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us today if you require a damp survey in your home.

Flood damage advice

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Floods and heavy rainfall can have an immediate and devastating effect on homes and businesses. If not dealt with quickly and professionally, flood damage can cause more problems further along the line. Dealing with the aftermath of a flood can be an incredibly stressful experience, so it’s important to make the recovery and restoration process as fast as possible to prevent further stress and damage. Take a look below at our tips and advice for dealing with the aftermath of a flood in your home.

Assess the damage and avoid additional risks

If you are inspecting your home following a flood, it is important that you check for any visible structural damage before entering the home. Check for any obvious signs of structural damage such as cracks or holes. If the building is safe to enter, make sure to turn off any sources of water or electricity to minimise further risks. If you suspect the building is unsafe, do not enter the property yourself.

Removing water and preventing damp

If there is still water in the property and the building is safe to enter, you can begin removing the water using pumps. Floodwater can carry sewage and diseases, so it’s important to remove it as soon as possible. Once the water is removed, it is also important to remove items effected by possible water damage such as carpets and bedding to prevent the development of damp. If you are unsure afterwards, you could contact a professional company to carry out a damp survey to check for further damage and signs of damp.

Before removing water and any damaged items, you may want to take pictures to show your insurers in the event that you make a claim.

Get help

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A flood can have a devastating effect on any property and can be extremely stressful and tiring. Hiring a friendly and professional company to assess and restore your property following a flood can help to take the pressure off of you. At Cleaning Industrial Solutions, we understand the importance of providing professional and rapid assistance following a flood. Contact us today for more advice.

Storm Angus and Flood Damage

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Over the past few days, Storm Angus hit the UK bringing heavy rainfall across the country and winds of up 80mph. An amber warning was issued to an area stretching from Portsmouth to Sussex and across the Kent coast, with a yellow warning issued to an area covering Ipswich and Plymouth and rainfall levels expected to reach 40mm in some areas. Parts of Wales have been hit by levels of rain above 40mm, while just outside of Wales, Shropshire reported the highest recorded level of rainfall at 56.8mm.

The aftermath of a flood can have a long lasting effect on any property or business and can cause major issues in the long run if not dealt with quickly and professionally. Floodwater can have a devastating effect on the lives of homeowners and their property. It can also cause unseen structural damage to a property and is also capable of carrying sewage and diseases with it.
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At Cleaning Industrial Solutions, we understand the stress that flood and water damage can cause. We are experienced in dealing with flood and water damage and offer a friendly and efficient service to commercial and domestic clients. For more information and advice on cleaning and restoring your home or business following a flood, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Advice on dealing with graffiti

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Anyone who has ever tried to remove graffiti from their home or business will know how difficult it can be to do so. It can also take a lot of time to completely scrub the graffiti away, but if you use the right tools, equipment and techniques then you can reduce the time it takes and also reduce further damage to your property.

There is no guaranteed technique that will work on every kind of graffiti and surface, so finding a successful method may unfortunately be a case of trial and error before you find a working solution. If you have problems with graffiti on your property, take a look at our helpful advice below.

Identify the surface and the method

The first thing you should do when attempting to remove graffiti is to identify the surface that has been targeted. Different surfaces and materials such as concrete, brick and wood will require different removal techniques, so it’s important to identify the surface and get the right tools for the job.

You should also consider the source of the graffiti. The most common source will be spray paint, but this could also be permanent markers or another source. Again, this will help you decide what equipment you need to remove the graffiti as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Take precautions

If you’re going to remove the graffiti yourself, it’s important to take proper precautions to protect yourself and anyone assisting you. Wear the correct clothing including gloves and safety goggles to protect your skin. If you are using a chemical based product to remove the graffiti you may also want to use a respirator for maximum protection. Once you’re finished, it is also important that you dispose of any products safely.

Professional Assistance

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Removing graffiti can be a challenging task and can potentially take up a lot of time. If you are unsure about the proper techniques or simply don’t have the time and need the graffiti removed urgently, you could consider hiring a professional company. Cleaning Industrial Solutions are experienced in removing graffiti and offer a friendly and efficient service. If you would like help or advice on dealing with graffiti, do not hesitate to contact our professional team today.

Preventing damp in your home

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Damp in your home can be caused by a number of factors, the most likely being that a leak has been able to prevent the brickwork and build up moisture. Other causes could include plumbing leaks, damaged pipes and gutters or broken roof tiles. Damp could also be the result of flood and water damage from heavy rainfall. There are of course other factors that can cause damp. Take a look below at our advice on preventing damp in your home.

Ventilating your home and reducing condensation

Condensation is a common cause of damp, so preventing this is important to prevent damp from getting worse and spreading throughout your home. Common things in your home such as kettles, baths, tumble dryers and food being cooked can all produce moisture. Making sure areas in your home such as bathrooms and kitchens are well ventilated and insulated can greatly reduce damp. For example, you could install trickle vents on top of your windows to help ventilation, which is particularly useful in colder months when you may not want to have a window wide open.

Keep damp under control

If you find a source of damp in our home, it is important to make a note of it. This could be in the corner of your rooms or in areas where condensation is more likely. There are affordable, specialist cleaning products available to help remove damp and mold to prevent further spread of damp throughout your home. If the problem is more severe, you should consider hiring a professional company to identify and remove damp from the building.

Get a dehumidifier

A simple way to reduce damp and condensation is to buy a dehumidifier. These are available in different sizes and can be tucked into cupboards and small rooms to keep them out of the way while they operate. A dehumidifier will filter the air in the room and remove the moisture. This will be collected in buckets which you will need to empty.

Hire a professional

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If the problem is severe, you should hire a professional company to identify and deal with the sources of damp. It is important that damp is dealt with quickly and efficiently to prevent further spread throughout the house or any health problems to you and anyone else. Cleaning Industrial Solutions have many years’ experience providing damp surveys to commercial and residential properties across the South East. If you have a problem with damp in your home, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today and speak to our friendly team.

Causes of damp in a property

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Leaks

Leaks can often be a major cause of damp within a property leading to issues such as penetrating damp and wet rot. Generally, the result of a leak will be localised to one area of a wall. If you notice localised damp patches, check the following:

  • Examine downpipes and gutters within the affected area
  • Look for damage, cracks, faulty joints or seals
  • Ensure that your drains and downpipes are not blocked. Rain water can very easily be backed up, forcing itself out of a pipe joint within the affected area
  • If the damp is below a flat roof or a roof channel, check that the felt is sound
  • If the damp is below a window, check the window frame and window sill. Badly fitted windows can also let damp penetrate into a room
  • If the damp is localised around a chimney breast, check the flashing and tiles

Rising damp

If you are on the ground floor and the damp seems to be at the bottom of walls, it could be that the cause of damp is the result of your damp proof course being bridged resulting in rising damp. This could be because of an increase of ground levels around the affected damp area or that your damp proof course has failed.

Condensation

It is not always the case whereby the cause of damp originates from the outside. One of the most common causes of damp within homes is due to condensation. Condensation occurs when large quantities of water vapour from general everyday living become trapped within a property. When the warm moist damp air comes into contact with cooler air, or a surface which is at a lower temperature, the result is condensation. This can prove ideal for the germination of the commonly associated black mould.

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Contact Us

Cleaning Industrial Solutions are experts in providing advice and cleaning solutions for damp, fire damage, water damage and more. We regularly carry out damp surveys on commercial and residential properties, so do not hesitate to get in touch with us today if you suspect you may have problems with damp.