Roof discolorations can be driven by sediments that include mold, mildew, algae, and other natural elements that require pressure washing services. But an unsightly roof may also result from soot and creosote accumulations. While all of these substances can negatively impact the lifespan of a roof, it’s crucial to promptly work with a pressure washing company when soot and creosote stains appear. That’s largely because soot and creosote present a significant hazard.
Difference Between Soot & Creosote
Soot is typically comprised of unburned particles and ash that rises out of a chimney and then settles on roofs. Often a byproduct of burning fossil fuels such as coal and home heating fuel, it presents as black or brown stains on roofs. What makes soot difficult to identify is the fact algae and other build-ups look similar.
Unlike other issues that call for an eventual pressure washing, soot possesses a potentially combustible aspect because it’s made up of unburned carbon. Soot also poses a health risk because the tiny particles blow off roofs and can be breathed in by vulnerable adults and children.
Creosote deposits are usually the result of wood-burning stove and fireplace use. A byproduct of incomplete combustion, it takes on the form of flaky, gummy, or bubbly deposits. It usually sticks to the walls of chimneys, flues and is closely linked to house fires. When the hot creosote reaches the top of a venting system, it cools and accumulates. Rain generally exacerbates the situation by spreading it from the chimney across a sloped roof. Homeowners may see reddish-brown areas around a chimney or streaks running down the shingles. Because creosote creates a substantial fire risk, seasonal power washing is advisable.
How Do Soot & Creosote Impact Solar Panels
Although soot may not pose the heightened risk of fire creosote does, it tends to accumulate on roofs and solar panels more quickly. Neighborhoods burning fuel during the cold-weather months push out a considerable amount of soot-laced smoke. The tiny particles are apt to float to nearby buildings. And, people who live near power plants or manufacturing facilities commonly experience more accumulations than those in other areas.
Soot particles on solar panels interfere with the clean energy resource’s ability to process natural light. Wide-reaching types of debris can damage solar panels, and soot ranks among the worst culprits. In terms of creosote, damaged solar panels or frayed wiring could create an electrical charge that sparks a fire. Although uncommon, mixing electricity and a flammable substance is a recipe for disaster.
Work With A Pressure Washing Company To Remove Soot & Creosote
It’s not uncommon for soot and creosote to present as a type of light dust in many cases. But creosote can prove problematic when it becomes caked-on or sticky. Running a hose over creosote stains on shingles, under solar panels, or around the chimney usually proves unsuccessful. Pressure washing the affected areas and using safe cleansers specifically designed to eliminate creosote and soot may be necessary. If you see signs of roof or solar panel discoloration, contact Griffs Pressure Washing Services to schedule an appointment today.