Preventing Mold and Mildew from Growing on Your Home’s Siding
The state of Virginia suffers from unpredictable weather. It’s February and the Culpeper area has experienced rain, snow, and 70-degree weather in the span of two weeks. Consequently, this means that rain and humidity did not stop in the fall and will continue throughout the winter.
Unfortunately, rain and humidity are huge causes of mold and mildew. But how can you prevent these dangerous black and green spots from attacking your siding? We have prepared a list that can help your home stay mold and mildew free!
Gutters: Maintain your gutters clean. Overflowing water from gutters can cause mold to grow quickly. Inspect your gutters to make sure there aren’t any cracks where the rain water may be falling onto your siding.
Plants: Make sure to cut any vines that are growing on the side of your house. Plants growing on your siding prevent your home from getting the sunlight it needs to keep it dry.
Sprinklers: Do not point sprinklers towards your home! If there are flower beds near your siding, be sure that the sprinklers are not hitting your home.
Clean: Clean your siding regularly. If you are power washing your siding, point the hose downward so water does not accumulate under siding panels. If you see any mildew or mold, clean it IMMEDIATELY! Mildew spreads quickly! To avoid smearing the mildew, mix bleach and water and apply it for 30 minutes.
Shade: Know the shady areas of your home so you can keep a closer eye on where mildew and mold could grow.
The key points to remember is to keep your siding dry, in the view of sunlight and clean! We hope these tips can keep your siding healthy and clean. But if you are ready to replace your siding, call Culpeper Window and Siding! We will make your home look brand new!