First Client - Roof Softwash + Gutter Cleaning, bad idea?

Hello everyone, first post here after a night or two reading a couple posts. Going to say this first, I am very much new to this line of work with no firsthand experience, and all of my current understandings are sourced from YouTube videos, reddit posts, and probably only around 4-6 hours of research solely on this community. I am very interested in starting my own pressure washing business.

Basically, I wanted to know what your guy’s thoughts were on me servicing a roof for my very first client given my current experience/knowledge/conditions of:

Only have used a electric power washer for my own use on cars, patios, 1-2 wooden decks.; pure water. 1.6 GPM and 1600 PSI.

Researched YouTube, Reddit, and pressurewashingresource.
Off the top of my head, a few channels I’ve watched on YouTube are Forever Self Employed, How To with Doc, Aaron’s Lean & Mean Academy, and Kyle Maguire with United Soft Wash. Reddit Advice #1Reddit Advice #2

The homeowner is letting me use his pressure washer, no idea what model and make, just 3.2 GPM and ~3000 PSI, has the chemicals necessary already, and DS injector system. Client told me he has pretty much everything I need for the job, he just doesn’t like heights at all, so that’s why he contacted me after he saw my posting on Facebook Marketplace.
Clay tile roofing.

No license, just trying to side hustle until I can afford my own equipment.

Only servicing the first story of client’s home.

I’ve had to watch videos how to operate a gas pressure washer :sweat_smile: , check fluids of course, run water through washer and purge any air within before starting. Fuel valve open, close choke, throttle set, start (while holding trigger?)

Service gutters before attempting to soft wash the roof

Only things I’m bringing for the job is my 12.5 ft ladder, safety glasses, gloves, bucket, chemical sprayer, cleaning solution and a scrubber, and a mask to avoid breathing in SH.
Just in case the client does decide to get the gutter brightening, or if any missing equipment. Oh and I will be bringing a helper.

Soft wash roof bottom to top

Avoid having to walk on the roof at all costs, pre soak plants and continue doing so throughout job, decks, any dirty concrete on the floor to avoid clean streaks. Get a mix of SH, surfactant, and water, around 4% SH for roof, depending on condition? I have no current picture of client’s roof, no mold/algae was spoken of when roof was described. Spray mix onto roof with low pressure, let it do it’s work for a few minutes and little sections at a time, then rinse with low pressure and repeat if necessary. Check gutters for run-off and done.

Check surroundings and downspouts, apply water as necessary.

I’m probably forgetting to include something, so I’ll edit in anything if I remember, but please let me know what your guy’s thoughts are on this. If I’m missing anything, stupid, advice, or if my information gathered is invalid, anything at all.

I already tried explaining to the client that I was not experienced enough to soft wash his roof, but there was some language barrier and he still thought I was providing that service, so instead of denying the job, I researched for a couple days.
The job is supposed to be this Friday morning.

Should I take the job, or should I wait until I am more seasoned. Let me know, appreciate it.

Here are the images of the home I’ve gathered from Google.


Just SMH


Do yourself a huge favor and turn that job down. Seriously. You have no clue what you’d be getting yourself into and if you’re not licensed or insured then I’m assuming you don’t have any corporate protections and if this job goes bad it could bankrupt you before you even get started.


Is this a joke?


Everything I just read… I had to Google,“SMH” :+1:

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Will do. Save up for proper licensing and insurance instead of trying to take side jobs to expedite having the funds to get myself proper equipment then.


There’s just too much to type. Nobody here is going to be outwardly mean to you, but the whole thing is just wrong. From the equipment to the process to the homeowner chemicals, none of it is going to do what either of you think it will. Skip this job and dig into the archives


Just private message @Innocentbystander and he will walk you through your most appropriate course of action…SMH lol

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Couple hours reading crap on the internet and now he’s in business giving the client “the works” package lol. You can’t write this stuff if you tried.


You’re killing me smalls


I’m sitting here with my bag of popcorn waiting to see how he plans on putting 4% on the roof with a 12.5’ ladder and a Home Depot pressure washer he doesn’t know how to run.

Stop telling him to turn this job down, let him go at it and keep us all in the loop on how it’s going. Live streaming would be best if you can

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If you don’t have insurance wouldn’t even attempt this job. Also if it is hot out lots of chances to stain things. Would first work for a power wash company and get experience before you start

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I don’t know what you’ve been reading but we all just own and use these Aerial roof and surface cleaning with spray uav - DRONE VOLT for roof cleaning.

You can’t do this job with that machine. I’m not going to tell you not to do side jobs until you can save up. Go ahead and do those, but make them snall and easy jobs. Sidewalks, driveways, vinyl siding downstreaming, vinyl decks, etc. Roof cleaning jobs are not for the amateur, just as much as someone who has worked on a few lawnmowers has no business trying to fix a semi truck.

Just so we’re all clear here, you put out an ad for pressure washing and want to do pressure washing jobs as a side business, but you don’t own a real pressure washer? You going to use the home owners unit and the homeowner is suppling you with the chemicals?

Sounds a lot like my landscaping business I run. I don’t own a mower, trimmer, or leaf blower. I’m not really even sure how to run one. I just have the home owners let me use all their stuff, have them fill it up with gas and start it for me. I watched a couple youtube videos, so I was good to go.


It’s not every day William is speechless.

That’s good advice. Don’t assert yourself just because you studied techniques of the the challenge. Find and remember your limits and go slowly. You’ll save money and maybe a lawsuit. A good book about contractor lawsuits is Tree Law Cases by Lew Bloch, about $51.00 expense but thousands of dallarse and hours saved. My copy is so highlighted, dog eared and underscored.