Preventing Mold from Growing on Siding
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated December 27, 2021)
Mold has a really nasty tendency to grow just about wherever it can if given the opportunity. One such place—particularly in more humid climates—is on the siding of homes. While it can grow quickly, it is possible to clean it up. However, clean up isn't always the best option. Preventing mold from growing on the siding of a home is usually the best way to go.
All you need to do to ensure that you have mold-free siding, is follow these instructions.
- Let the sunlight in. Mold and mildew love to grow in dank, dark places, and about the best way to combat this is by allowing as much direct sunlight in as possible. Do this by trimming back the trees and shrubs that surround the troubled areas enough to allow that sunlight in.
- Get rid of creeping vines. Another way that you can help prevent mold from growing on your siding is to get rid of any vines that may be growing on it. While ivy and climbing vines often make a house look cute and rustic, they also prevent the sides of your home from drying out completely. When combined with the darkness that is created by the vines blocking out the sun, you have the perfect growing conditions for mold and mildew.
- Promote air circulation. Take the time to trim back the other plants that you may have around the base of your home. This will not only allow sunlight in, but it will also help promote air circulation. In addition to the sunlight, the increased air circulation will help dry out the siding of your home
- Get rid of any moss. Moss, just like creeping vines, shrubs, and other plants that are too close to your home, can help prevent sunlight from reaching the siding while also promoting a moist atmosphere. This means that moss is a good way to help promote the growth of mold and mildew, and should be removed as soon as you see it.
- Clean off your siding immediately. As soon as you notice any mildew, or mold growing on the siding of your home remove it. Do not wait and allow it to grow into a huge mess. Instead begin cleaning it off as quickly as possible, and don't be afraid to use some bleach. In addition, periodically cleaning the siding of your home (whether you see any mold or not) can also help prevent the growth of mold. A good rule of thumb is to clean the sides of your home thoroughly every month or so during the warmer seasons.
- Keep sprinklers pointed in the right direction. Try to keep the sides of your house as dry as possible. One way to do this is to make sure that your sprinklers are pointed in the correct direction. While they may be needed to help water flower beds that are close to your siding, the water doesn't need to be actually hitting the siding of your home.
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