Nobody wants to see mold growing on their house, yuck. Moisture and humidity can create a perfect environment for mold to form. Although mold doesn’t commonly grow outside a home as easily as it does inside, it’s still a problem that you will want to take care of quickly because it can cause damage to your home and put your health at risk. Learn some common causes of mold on siding and check out some simple tips to keep your home and family protected.
Common Causes of Mold on Siding
The outside of your home is designed to allow water to run off exterior walls. However, there are certain conditions that may promote mold growth.
- Constant contact from sprinklers, excessive rains, heat, humidity, or other activity that may increase moisture content can create an environment for mold to grow.
- Mold thrives on moisture and darkness. Areas of the home that are heavily shaded by trees or shrubs may take longer to dry out and have less access to light. Parts of the home that have less access to direct sunlight may also be at greater risk.
- The type of material used for your siding can make a big difference. Wood rots easily when exposed to excess water. Vinyl is a much more durable material and has a greater ability to hold up against mold buildup.
Tips for Mold Prevention
- Routinely wash the exterior of your home. Regular cleaning will prevent dirt and grime buildup along with giving you a chance to spot any signs of mold before it gets a chance to spread. When using the hose be sure to point water in a straight or downward direction to avoid excess water buildup under siding.
- Trim trees and shrubs to minimize shaded areas. Foliage that touches siding can transfer water to exterior walls. Keep plants trimmed and tidy to stay mold-free.
- Eliminate all moss and climbing vine growth on the home. This foliage blocks direct sunlight and may prevent siding from drying properly.
- Adjust sprinklers to direct water away from your home.
- Maintain and clean gutters. A clog can send excess water spilling onto exterior walls, promoting mold growth.
- Check outside dryer ventilation ducts for moisture buildup from steam.
Preventing mold growth on your home’s siding requires a watchful eye and immediate action. If mold growth has become a bigger problem don’t hesitate to call the experts at Pro Response Restoration. If you’re looking for more tips and solutions for water damage prevention please visit the Pro Response Restoration Blog page.
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