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How to Solve Vinyl Siding Mold Problems

If your home is covered in vinyl siding, you get to enjoy it's fresh look for several months without the need for maintenance.

However, as the months and years roll by, nasty green mold can become attached on the surface and grow there, giving you vinyl siding mold problems that look rather difficult to solve. Fortunately, it’s easier to treat these stains than mold growth inside the home, and you can choose to take care of it yourself or get the professionals doing. To keep the mold from returning after a cleanup, always check leaking gutters that may cause the mold growth.

What’s This Green Stuff?

Have you ever seen vinyl siding mold problems? That’s when you see green stuff all over the vinyl siding of your house. It’s not a pretty sight. You’re looking at our old enemy, mold. At it again!

Actually, it may be more subtle than that. If you have mold growing on your vinyl siding, chances are it will just be a shade greener than the rest of the gray. It’s subtle, but it’s noticeable.

 

Why MY Vinyl Siding?

You may have water dripping from somewhere above, like a broken drainpipe or a misplaced gutter. You should always keep an eye on those things. If your vinyl siding develops a mold problem, this is a sign that something needs to be adjusted. Fix the drainpipe or the gutters, and you will prevent the mold from growing again.

You may also have mold growing inside the vinyl sidings. Vinyl sidings are great because you never have to repaint, but mold can easily be trapped inside. This mold is particularly hard to get out and usually needs to be removed by a professional.

 

Clean-Up Time: Call The Professionals

One option for cleaning vinyl siding mold problems is pressure washing. This is best if professionally done. What they do is spray pressurized hot water on the trouble spots. The water is mixed with a mold-killing agent, similar to bleach.

 

Do It Yourself

If it is not all over the house, you can do the job yourself. The high-pressure water makes it much easier to do large areas of the mold cleanup, but if you have a mold problem on parts of your vinyl siding, you can do it yourself with a little elbow grease (and some chemicals, of course!)

Bleach is not always recommended for mold cleanups. Using bleach can sometimes cause other problems on the materials you are cleaning. But, vinyl siding can withstand the bleach onslaught. A little bleach, a good cleaning product, and water and A LOT of intense scrubbing will do the trick. You should use some kind of brush that has a long handle so you don’t get bleach on your hands.

Instead of highly pressurized water, use your good old garden hose. High-pressure water used improperly can get water into everything, so it is recommended that only professionals do that.

You can also buy vinyl siding cleaner, which is specially designed for cleaning up mold, at the hardware store.

 

Do The Whole House!

The bad news is that if you have mold growing on one part of your vinyl siding, you should probably go ahead and do the rest. This means hours upon hours of intense scrubbing, so space it out over several days or even weeks. Stopping that mold before it becomes a problem will make all the hard labor worth it.

Vinyl siding is convenient and easy, but developing mold problems on your vinyl siding is a major headache. Keep your eye out for the green shade and take care of business, and you can enjoy your vinyl siding forever!

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