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How to prevent Mold & Mildew on Your Home's Exterior

Keeping your home’s exterior free from mold and mildew is essential for maintaining its aesthetic appeal and structural integrity. Mold and mildew can not only damage your home’s surface but also pose health risks to your family. Looking to help prevent these unwelcome guests from taking up residence on your home’s exterior? This comprehensive guide should help!

Understanding Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are types of fungi that thrive in damp, warm environments. While mildew tends to be powdery and white or gray, mold is often black or green. Both can grow on various surfaces, including wood, siding, bricks, and concrete, if the conditions are right.

Prevention Tips

Regularly cleaning your home’s exterior to remove dirt, debris, and organic material that can foster mold and mildew growth is crucial. Use a garden hose to wash down walls, windows, and doors. Periodically use a pressure washer to deep clean surfaces. Be cautious with the pressure settings to avoid damaging siding or paint.

Control Moisture - Keeping gutters clean and free of leaves ensures proper water drainage. Clogged gutters can overflow, causing water to run down walls and create a damp environment conducive to mold growth. Ensure downspouts direct water away from the foundation.

Check Vulnerable Areas - Regularly inspect areas prone to mold and mildew, such as shaded corners, under eaves, and behind bushes. Early detection allows for prompt action to prevent a larger problem. Consider hiring a professional to conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s exterior once a year. They can identify potential issues you might overlook.

Removing Existing Mold and Mildew:

If you already have mold and mildew on your home’s exterior, it’s crucial to remove it promptly and safely.

  1. Safety First: Wear protective gear, including gloves, goggles, and a mask, to avoid contact with mold spores.
  2. Cleaning Solutions: Use a mixture of water and detergent or a commercial mold remover to scrub the affected areas. For tougher stains, a solution of bleach and water can be effective.
  3. Rinse Thoroughly: After cleaning, rinse the area thoroughly with clean water to remove any residue.

Want to leave Mold & Mildew prevention and removal to the professionals?
Men in Kilts offers complete exterior pressure washing and soft washing as well as gutter cleaning. We would be happy to give you a free estimate if you are interested in having us assist in keeping your homes health in check.

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