Worried about keeping mold off of your precious siding in Wisconsin? Don’t worry—with these tips your siding should be mold-free for years to come.
- Let the Sun Shine In
If you want to deter mold growth on siding in Wisconsin, you will need to keep your home bathed in as much direct sunlight as you can find. Because mold grows in damp, dark places, keeping your home’s exterior bright can help deter mold from taking root. A great way to keep the sun shining on your home is to keep your trees and shrubs properly trimmed and tidy. Not only will this allow more direct sunlight to hit your home’s exterior, it will promote air circulation.
- Kill the Moss Monster
Moss may look warm and inviting, but it also promotes the damp, dark environment that mold loves to grow in. To help keep mold in check, get rid of moss anywhere in or around your home or on your siding that you may find it.
- Schedule Cleanings Regularly
If discipline is the key to keeping your siding mold-free, regular, scheduled cleanings are the tool that keep homeowners on task. All you’ll need are a garden hose and a soft-bristle brush, and cleanings need only be completed every three months or so.
- Get Rid of Climbing Vines
Although vines may look lovely on siding, they (just like moss) promote a damp, dark environment in which mold thrives. As much as you’ll miss it, you’re better off protecting your siding from mold by cutting back vines and ivy.
- Keep Your Rain Gutters Serviced
Water that spills over from a clogged gutter system can promote mold growth on siding (and it’s not good for your foundation either!). To help keep your home’s exterior dry, maintain your rain gutters with an annual cleaning schedule.
- Be Smart With Your Sprinklers
Unless you’re cleaning them, there’s little reason to water your home’s exterior siding. So, when you use your sprinkler, take a look and make sure that you’re not hitting your home. Not only will this save you money on water costs, it will help reduce the amount of mold-growing moisture on your siding.
- Consider Using Mold-resistant Cleaners
If you really want to protect your siding from mold, consider investing in a mold-resistant cleaning solution. Another side benefit is that these sorts of cleaner often reduce how often you need to clean to prevent mold.
- Don’t Wait
If you see mold on your home’s siding, act fast. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get your mold problem under control. A good first step if you see mold on your exterior siding is to use a solution of bleach and water. If you get it soon enough, you can often stop mold before it grows into a big problem.
- Get Your Ducts in Order
A common place for siding to get moldy is around exterior ventilation ducts. The steam that pours out of these ducts can create just the right environment for mold growth. Be sure to check around venting areas frequently.
- Insulate Properly
Keeping your home properly insulated can make a big difference in reducing the risk of mold on the exterior or your home. Just like mold will grow around warm, cozy vents, it will grow on warm, cozy siding that is leaking its home’s inner warmth.
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