Have you ever noticed mold or mildew growing on the outside of your home? If so, you might have been pretty unhappy with the way that it looked, and you might have wondered what caused it to start growing in the first place. Luckily, following these tips can help prevent this from happening.
1. Clean it Often
First of all, you will want to clean your vinyl siding on a regular basis. If you get rid of dirt and debris, you can keep the outside of your home looking great, and you can help prevent mold and mildew from growing. Additionally, you will be able to get rid of any mold or mildew that might have started growing before the problem gets too out of control. For best results, consider using a diluted bleach solution, a long-handled deck brush and a water hose with a high-pressure nozzle attachment. Work in sections -- rinsing, scrubbing with the deck brush and bleach solution and then rinsing -- to get rid of any dirt, debris, mold and mildew from the side of your home.
2. Keep Rain Gutters in Good Condition
Did you know that your rain gutters can affect more than just your roof? If your rain gutters are clogged up with leaves or other debris, or if there is a crack in your gutters that is causing water to leak out onto the side of your home, this can add to the moisture on your siding. Since mold and mildew tend to grow in moist conditions, this moisture on the side of your home can cause mold and mildew to be more prone to grow. Plus, ignoring your rain gutters can cause problems with your roof, can drown the plants around the side of your home and can even cause foundation damage if you aren't careful, so this is a part of your home that you'll want to pay attention to anyway.
3. Clean Your Dryer Vent
Another cause of mold or mildew growth around your siding can come from your dryer vent, which can create steam around the outside of the vent, thus creating the warm and moist conditions that can encourage mold and mildew growth. Keeping your dryer vent nice and clean will help prevent this problem and can also be critical for preventing dryer fires.
If mold or mildew grow on the side of your home, the appearance can be very unsightly. Luckily, you can help prevent this from happening by following these three helpful tips.