Green stuff all over the siding on your home is not a pretty sight. What you’re looking at is nasty mold. If you see mold growing on your siding, it’s likely a shade greener than the rest of the gray. It may be subtle, but it’s noticeable. If it’s left unchecked it can make the exterior of your home look dirty and dingy. It can damage your home’s exterior and can also put the health of you and your family at risk.
How to Prevent Mildew & Mold from Forming on the Outside of Your Home
1. Tip # 1 – Understanding mildew. You need to understand where mold and mildew is likely to form on the exterior of your home. The ideal location would be in shady, moist areas. Yes, vinyl siding is very hardy and durable but mildew will form on areas that are in the shade or areas that are exposed to moisture on a regular basis.
2. Tip # 2 – Do regular inspections of the exterior of your home. Look for any areas that are in the shade or where rain gutters or tree branches might be dripping water onto the siding. Mold is easy to see. It is powdery and will be gray to white with tiny black dots.
3. Tip # 3 – Rain gutters need to be maintained. Look for splits or cracks that are causing leaks and make sure there isn’t any debris like leaves, paper and mud that are causing blockages. These blockages can lead to overflowing water spilling into your siding and make mold growth possible.
4. Tip # 4 – Keeping your siding free of dirt and grime. This helps prevent mildew and mold from growing. Spray wash your siding several times a year by starting at the top and spray downward to prevent water from collecting under the panels.
5. Tip # 5 – Prevent moisture on outside of home. Steam from the exhaust of your clothes dryer can create moisture and can cause mildew to form. Make sure there isn’t any moisture forming on the siding of your home above the area that your dryer vent exhausts. This will lower the chance of mildew formation.
6. Tip # 6 – Having good insulation in your home. This is a big way to prevent mildew formation on your exterior siding. Poor insulation increases the chance that you’ll have mold growth.
7. Tip # 7 – Remove mildew as soon as possible. This will prevent it from spreading. Mildew cannot be removed by wiping it off with a sponge. You need to clean it off with a mixture of 25% bleach and 75% water. This solution needs to be applied to the mildew and then left for about 30 minutes. The mold can then be removed with a clean cloth and then sprayed again with a hose.
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Vinyl siding is great because you don’t need to paint it but mold can get trapped inside. Once it’s inside the vinyl it’s very difficult to remove. Do all you can to prevent it, clean it if it does grow and call Big Moose Pressure Cleaning for help if you continue to have problems.