Solar Panel Cleaning Made Easy
To keep your solar panels working at optimum capacity we recommend you get them cleaned. Why? Because animal droppings, twigs and leaves can all build up on solar panels, blocking sunlight, potentially leading to mould growth and, reducing your panel’s efficiency. When you arrange for solar panel cleaning, you get the added benefit of having your panels checked for storm damage and for other problems (like nesting pigeons).
When do I need to get my Solar Panels Cleaned?
We recommend you get your panels cleaned every six months to keep them at their optimum capacity. However, the length of time will vary depending on where you live and what type of panels you have. For instance, if you live somewhere very dry and dusty, (or with a bat colony nearby), your solar panels will need more frequent cleaning than if you lived in a nice tropical, bat-free locale. If your panels are flat they will also need more frequent cleaning as dust and leaf litter cannot wash off easily.
How do I get my Solar Panels Cleaned?
Unless you have appropriate training and safety gear (in particular a harness) we strongly suggest you leave solar panel cleaning to the professionals.
If you do have the correct gear and are keen for some roof time, here’s our top solar panel cleaning tips:
- Make sure it’s a reasonably cool day when you decide to clean. In very hot weather, do not try to wash the panels – they are already under pressure. They’ll be boiling hot and the water will obviously be cold and the temperature difference could shock the glass.
- Get the right equipment: you don’t want to scratch the panels so opt for a microfibre cloth (great at pulling dirt away from the panels) or a soft, non-abrasive sponge.
- You can also use a very gentle detergent. If you have a rainwater tank, keep in mind whatever detergent you use is going to end up in your drinking water! We recommend a biodegradable, Ph neutral product for solar panel cleaning. Make sure the detergent is marketed as offering a streak-free result.
- If you do want to use a hose to wash off the panels, be careful that it’s not set to high pressure. High pressure hoses can actually force water into places you don’t want it – like plugs.
- While you’re up there, take the opportunity to check the panels are in good condition. This is easiest to do obviously once you have cleaned them. Look for cracks or other problems which may need fixing as they can impact on solar panel efficiency.
- Have a look also at whether any trees need trimming back. Branches across your roof mean leaves on your solar panel and potentially more bird droppings if birds decide to roost there.
As you can see, there is a lot involved including the high risks of injury and causing significant and costly damage to your solar panels.
Hiring a professional and experienced solar panel cleaning company is your best move.
Contact Pure Sunshine Solar Cleaning today to see how we can help you get your solar panels back to their optimum capacity.
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