Should you hire a solar panel cleaning service?

Solar panel being cleaned

Are you wondering if it’s worth it to clean your solar panels and hire a service to do so? The answer is a definite YES! 


Why do solar panels need cleaning?

Dirt, pollen, bird droppings, and grime all collect on your solar panels. You may think your solar panels will be cleaned by the rain, but that is generally not true. Think about it this way, do your house windows end up sparkling clean after it rains? 


All that dirt on solar panels makes them less efficient, and cleaning them fixes that. The increase in energy production after cleaning is debated, but some experts say a cleaning can make them 30% more efficient.

Manufacturer’s Warranty

One reason to clean your solar panels, is that not doing so might void your warranty. Some manufacturers require annual or twice annual cleanings. If you need to make a warranty claim, you may have to prove that you’ve done those cleanings. Check your warranty to see if this applies to you. 

Do it yourself, or hire a solar panel cleaning service?

Now that you know the benefits of cleaning, the question becomes to do it yourself or hire a service?


Aside from the general risks of getting on your roof, there is also a risk of electrocution if the cleaning is done wrong. Because of that it makes sense to hire a professional solar cleaning service.

Doing it yourself

If you do decide to do it yourself, check the manufacturer’s directions first.


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Environmentally Responsible Pressure Washing

“Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

—Franklin D. Roosevelt


When you live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed you have a duty to be environmentally responsible, and that means to be careful and meticulous with your runoff. Everything that washes out of your yard will eventually wind up in the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay, affecting the waters and the creatures and plants that live within. 


Since you care about the Bay, you’ll choose a pressure washing company that cares too, one that also makes environmentally responsible choices. . That’s why we at Chevy Chase Exteriors don’t use artificial chemicals, only high pressure water, when we pressure wash. You can rest assured that when we pressure wash your home there will be no harmful chemicals going into our precious Chesapeake Bay.  As Jane Goodall said:

 “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” 

When you hire Chevy Chase Exteriors to pressure wash your home or business, you make a positive difference in the world by avoiding the use of harsh chemicals that poison our Bay, and destroy a natural treasure. 


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