Getting Rid of Mold and Mildew Protects Your FL Home
by Daniel Simmons on 10/30/17
getting rid of mold and mildewIf you have ever wondered if you need to be worried about the mold and mildew on the outside of your home, you do. Most people don’t think that this is a primary concern because mold and mildew are bacteria that fungi that naturally occur outdoors, mainly where there is warmth and moisture present.
Unfortunately, moisture and mildew both can spell bad news for your home. In fact, it can cause significant damage to the exterior of your home, spread and then cause even more damage to your home. At very least it is going to look awful, and at most, it could cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars to clean, repair or remove.
Depending on the type of climate that you live in, your home may be more or less inclined to have mold or mildew growth on the exterior of your house. Thankfully, there are some simple preventative measures that you can take to prevent mold and mildew growth so that you aren’t overrun by bacteria.
Why Is External Mold an Issue?
One of the most significant problems with mold on the outside of your house is that it likes to creep in. It doesn’t take that much for attic mold to quickly grow into your attic, and eventually into your ceiling.
Also, you need to keep in mind that any mold can lead to specific health risks. Whether you or your family are prone to allergic reactions or not, mold can trigger respiratory problems and even cause serious health issues.
Another thing that you need to keep in mind is that mold isn’t just gross and unappealing. The molds that are growing on your house can deteriorate the materials on your home and make your house unstable or unsafe. If you are ever thinking of selling your home one day, you better make sure that it is mold free. Having dangerous molds anywhere in your home can significantly lower the value of your house and make it much harder to sell it.
A Few Ways to Prevent Mold and Mildew Damage
Here are just a few key actions that you can start taking now so that you can prevent future mold and mildew growth and damage to your home.
1) Clear your Roof
One of the first and most important ways that you can make sure to keep mold and mildew from overrunning your home it to keep your roof clear. After the fall, when you have a ton of leaves, branches, debris and even moisture on the roof of your home, you should make it a top priority to clear all of that from your roof. Keeping your roof clear of debris and moisture will significantly increase your roof’s resistance to mold and mildew growth, especially when the weather warms back up again.
2) Clean out Your Gutters
We are well aware that this isn’t one of the most entertaining tasks on the planet, but keeping your gutter clear is one of the number one ways that you can prevent mold and mildew growth on the exterior of your home. Letting your gutters get clogged by leaves and debris from nearby trees is going to dramatically increase the chances of your home developing some fungal growth.
One of the best ways that you can do this is to remove any stray debris including leaves, sticks, branches, etc. and manually removing them from the gutter with your hands. If there is stubborn mold and mildew that is not easy to wipe away, hire professionals to come out to your house and clear them for you.
3) Use Materials that are Mold Resistant
What housing materials do you think are more vulnerable to mold: wood or brick? Making sure that you have a home that is built out of mold and mildew resistant materials, especially in warm and wet climates, will considerably raise your defenses when it comes to avoiding mold and mildew build-up outside of your home.
Wood is porous and can be more susceptible to mold growth, but materials like brick and stone are naturally resistant when it comes to protecting your home against mildew and mold.
4) Use Specialized Paint
Did you know that particular kinds of paint are mold resistant? If you have had trouble with mold and mildew in the past, it might be a good idea to give your home a fresh new coat or two of mold resistant paint. You can usually find these at any home improvement or hardware store.
5) Pressure Wash the Exterior
Pressure washing the exterior or siding of your home is another great way to blast mold and mildew off of your house. Let a pro tackle the job to ensure it is done right.
If you have any more questions about mold or mildew or need help cleaning the exterior of your home, we’re here to help.
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