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Keeping Solar Panels clean

If you've got Solar Panels, it's important to keep them working to give you the best return on your investment! The build up of salt in seaside locations or grime from busy roads can decrease their effectiveness - but ordinary tap water doesn't always do the job. Hippo Cleaning's Reach & Wash System uses de-ionised water that removes dirt and grime and leaves the solar panels sparkling - and generating maximum energy. If you need your solar panels cleaning - why not give the Hippoperatives a call. Now, where is that sun...?

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Time to get spring cleaning!

It’s the first week of spring, the sun is shining - and all your smears on the windows are showing! Don’t fear, the hippoperatives can make them sparkle in a jiffy! Call in Hippo Cleaning today and we will give the outside of your home the Hippo Sparkle that it needs. Using our Reach & Wash cleaning system, we can reach even the highest of windows - if we can see them from the ground, we can clean them!  It’s also a great time of year to start thinking about getting your patios pressure-washed, ready for those summer barbecues. Using the latest equipment, we can restore block paving, brick, concrete and almost any other hard surface to its near-original condition.  Why not give us a call today!

Gutter Guards! Should you or shouldn't you?

We are often asked by Customers whether or not we would recommend installing Gutter Guards once the gutters of their homes have been cleared, especially if their homes are prone to blocked gutters.  Well, the theory of them is good: you cover the gutters with a strong plastic mesh, fix it into place so that the wind cant blow it out and...Voila! Nothing will get through so there is no chance of the gutters blocking. Right?! 

 

Wrong!! We have attended various properties over the years to carry out a gutter clear, only to find that the weeds, mud and moss that is causing the blockage is underneath the mesh, which, if it is fitted correctly, is quite difficult to remove from the ground.  We then have to dig out the ladders, climb up to gutter level and carefully remove them before we carry out the clear.  This can be expensive for the Customer for two reasons; first they have spent money on buying and installing the useless guards, and second it costs the Customer for us to remove them.

 

There is another product available called Hedgehog Gutter Guard, which seems to do a better job than mesh. But we have been told that even this isn't maintenance free, as apparently it has to be removed occasionally and given a good shake because the detritus gets stuck to the bristles. So, chances are, you would still have to climb those ladders to access it, and it is still difficult to install over a conservatory or hard to reach area of guttering.

 

So, should you install gutters guards? I know what I would recommend...

Having your gutters cleared out annually/Bi-annually depending on your surroundings will keep your gutters flowing freely and it really isn’t very expensive. 

 

Gutters need clearing? Don’t do it yourself!

Ladders are risky at the best of times, even when used by a trained professional.  Depending on the work height and the task being performed, injuries from falling from a ladder range all the way from a twisted ankle to death.

According to the Health and Safety Executive statistics, just over a quarter of the entire number of workers killed at work last year (2015-16), were as a result of a fall from height. A staggering 37,000 cases of non-fatal injuries in the workplace were reported as being a direct result of a fall from height.  These are people at work, who, we can assume, were trained to work at height.  So for the unqualified DIY enthusiast, the statistics for injuries as a result of ladder falls make even scarier reading.

Clearing gutters is one of the most common reasons people take to their ladders – there aren’t many ways to do the job yourself, without physically getting up there and clearing the debris away.  The only way to do it safely is with the telescopic pole technology that vacuums the debris and uses cameras to check the situation, whilst the operative stays firmly on the ground. Hippo Cleaning has already invested in this technology – so the safest way to get the job done is to get the Hippo-professionals to do it for you!

If you injure yourself falling off a ladder, you’re looking at an average of 9.4 days off work to recover.  If we take the average UK salary (£27,500), this equates to lost earnings of £994!  Hippo Cleaning’s gutter clearing service costs from just £55, with no life-threatening risk attached; so if it’s time to clean your gutters, our advice is to leave your ladder in the garage and give Hippo Cleaning a call instead!

Is it a bird, is it a plane?

Imagine it’s Sunday morning – the sun is out and you’re sitting in your conservatory enjoying a nice cup of coffee, whilst slowly making your way through the Sunday paper. Something catches your eye above your head and you look up to see what it is. You think, is it a bird, is it a plane? It’s not moving, so you can rule out both those options, as well as it being Superman of course!

If it’s not moving, it’s more than likely a tell-tale sign that your conservatory needs a good clean. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a superhero to get your conservatory looking a good as new, and you certainly don’t need to wobble around on step ladders trying to do it yourself.

Many people invest a lot of money to be able to enjoy a panoramic view of their garden but this is all too often spoiled by dirt and grime that inevitably builds up over time. However, if you’ve ever tried to clean your conservatory yourself, you’ll understand just how difficult and dangerous this can be.

There is help at hand though. Thanks to our Reach & Wash system, we’re able to safely clean every inch of your conservatory – glass and frame, inside and out. The de-ionised water that we use absorbs dirt on contact, giving you a quality finish that’s environmentally friendly. In addition, we also offer a gutter cleaning service, if you want to give your conservatory the full Hippo treatment.

So next time you’re in your conservatory, have a look up. If whatever you see isn’t moving, maybe it’s time to give the Hippoperatives a call!

Carnival time!

The Hippoperatives joined in the fun of the fair this weekend at the West End Carnival.  It was great to see the effort that everyone had put in and thank you to all those who popped along to our stand to say hello!  We'll be at the Hedge End Carnival next month (Saturday 2nd July), so why not come along and see us there?

An unusual request!

It's been a busy week for the Hippoperatives - but the most unusal request we had was to clean the trolley park at Southampton's Go Outdoors...despite the rain, we managed to get it sparkling!

 

Gutter talk – let’s keep it clean!

Ok, they’re not the nicest things to discuss, but these little bits of plastic around your roof play a huge role in keeping your house safe.  And if you don’t look after them, they can cause you an expensive headache!

Rainwater in the wrong places can be incredibly damaging to a property – not only can your fascias, windows and door frames start to rot, a buildup of poorly drained water can cause slow but significant damage to the foundations of a house:  a major problem that can be easily avoided with a simple gutter clean!

Now, most people don’t like to (and shouldn’t for that matter!) scramble up ladders to pull out the dirt, leaves and strange growing objects out of their gutters.  Apart from anything, you’re seriously risking life and limb if you attempt this on a ladder.  Even the Hippo-professionals don’t do that!

Some people purchase leaf guards, which supposedly prevent the leaves from blocking the pipes – but in our experience, these still don’t stop the need for at least an annual clear out.

One of the great bits of kit we have is a telescopic ‘gutter-cam’, which we use to peer over the edge of the gutter and see what kind of debris we are dealing with (and check we’re not about to hoover up any baby birds!).  Then our powerful suction vacs clear out the gutters, and remove any blockages from the downpipes.  It’s important to do the downpipes too, as it stops build up of debris inside the pipes, which can cause even more problems further down the line.

Our recommendation would be to have your gutters cleaned at least once a year as a preventative measure – but if you notice any random leakages or blockages in the meantime, don’t leave it until it’s too late to call in the experts. (that’s us, the Hippoperatives, in case you were wondering!)
 

Welcome to Hippo Cleaning

At Hippo Cleaning we offer a range of cleaning services throughout Southampton and the New Forest area.

Established in 2006, Hippo Cleaning Services has built an enviable reputation for customer care. Servicing the whole of Southampton we offer a variety of cleaning services including:

Window Cleaning - we offer a regular 6-week service, as well as one-off cleans; hard to reach areas are easily accessed.

Conservatory Roof Cleaning - algae and moss are not great to look through; our cleaning methods leave you with sparkling views instead!

Fascia and Soffit Cleaning - a great way to get the front of your property gleaming!

Gutter Cleaning - our unique telescopic poles clean gutters and downpipes up to 30 ft, an important factor in keeping your property safe. 

Patio and Driveway Cleaning - we can restore block paving, brick, concrete and virtually any other hard surface to near original condition.

High Level Pressure Washing - our powerful cleaners can wash exterior walls up to 25 ft in height. 

Do you need the Hippo Sparkle? Why not call us today!

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