Vinyl Siding Mold and Mildew
Vinyl Siding Mold and Mildew Removal
Unlike wood, stucco and concrete, vinyl siding is a building materials that does not require paint and very little maintenance. Vinyl siding should be washed down annually with soap and water. Power washing is something to consider. When using a power washer, ensure that you don’t direct the water stream upward as it will push behind the vinyl siding creating moisture build up in the wall. Inspect the lower area of the vinyl siding for water and moisture, ensuring that the area is dry and free of mold and mildew. Humidity will promote moisture to accumulate between the vinyl siding and the old exterior wall allowing mold and mildew to form. Moisture, mold and mildew if left uncorrected will cause the old exterior wall to rot. This can lead to interior damage and hidden decay in the home.
Vinyl siding green and brown mold stains can be very unattractive to our neighbors. The green and brown stains typically come from mold, mildew and water dripping that usually originates’ in the gutter. The gutters malfunction and down spout will get clogged with leaves channeling rain water over the gutter walls, fascia, soffits and down the siding creating that slimy film that will eventually turn into mold and mildew. Trees and shrubs can also present a problem depending on the time of year. The sap from trees is notorious for staining vinyl siding and creating an eyesore. During the hot humid summer months, spores and molds will multiply spreading along the side of your home. With the lack of direct sun and dying organic matter, the spores will grow into mold multiplying by the millions every day.
Getting on to the point, mold should be removed as soon as it is possible. If left alone, mold can spread to the interior of the home. Inspect the north side of you home for mold. Inspect the bottom section of your home for anything that looks discolored or dark. If you look close, it’s probably mold and if left unchallenged it will spread at an alarming rate into the interior of your home.
Removing mold and mildew from vinyl siding can be a daunting task for any home owner. There are several cleaning methods to consider. Depending on the size of the affected area and condition of the vinyl siding, you may want to consider soap and water for very small areas. Mold and mildew bathroom cleansers have proven to be effective on small areas. If mold and mildew covers more than a few square feet, consider using an EPA approved mold cleaning product. Vinyl siding covered with mold can easily grow into your home destroying everything in its path.
Depending on the extent of the mold, fungus and mildew, you may want to consider consulting a professional mold remediation company. They are experts in the field of mold and remediation. They are experienced in the identification of mold and developing a proper protocol for the removal of toxic spores that create mold.
By: Bradley Skierkowski