We know mold enjoys dark damp spaces to grow in but many of us don’t think about it growing in the siding of our home. Siding allows moisture to build up by trapping humidity. This provides the proper setting for mold to take hold and start spreading. By learning about mold and siding you can help prevent this from happening to your home.
Amount of Sunlight
If the home is in more shade or darkness, it will allow mold to grow more easily and quickly. Check parts of the home’s siding that are in shadier areas first because these will be more prone to mold growth. If you do see mold beginning to grow in some of these areas you should remove and treat it immediately. It does not take mold long to spread and the amount of destruction can be catastrophic if left untreated.
Clean Your Siding Regularly
As with most things in life, your siding should be cleaned on a regular basis. This means if you see it getting dirty you should grab the garden hose or a pressure washer and wash any debris off of your home. Some areas may require a scrub brush and cleaning product but you can also use vinegar and water. Always make sure that you spray down your home when it’s warm and sunny out so that your home can dry off before night. If not, you risk creating a mold problem by allowing the siding to stay wet overnight.
Trim Trees and Brushes
Any plants around your home that create shade or debris that fall on your home should be trimmed annually. Make sure that these plants aren’t contacting your siding at all and that they shade they provide to your home is minimized. By allowing the sun to hit your home, you will help prevent the conditions necessary for mold to grow in your siding. If mold does become a problem, do not hesitate to call professionals like Water Damage Zone, who are certified and experienced in getting your mold problem quickly eradicated so it doesn’t return.