We live in East Texas, our nation's armpit of humidity, so we have all seen the green or black "slime" growing on the exterior of our homes and buildings. Of course we all know that this is unsightly, but you may also be wondering if there is any reason to worry about home damage or negative health effects from this exterior nuisance. I mean, after all the mold and mildew are on the outside and we live on the inside, right?
Though it can be hard to completely prevent mold and mildew from forming on the exterior of your home and buildings, there are options to protect your home and your family from its' effects. As a homeowner it is important to know these options because exterior mold and mildew can cause irreparable damage to your home and can carry certain health risks for your family, especially for children.
Exterior Mold & Mildew Is A Problem For Several Reasons.
1. Exterior mold doesn't always stay on the outside. For instance, mold on your eaves or rooftop may soon find its way into your attic.
2. Exterior mold and mildew does carry health risks. Though the risk isn't as high as if you were in a confined space indoors, spending time outdoors in areas with significant amounts of mold or mildew can cause adverse health problems. Children tend to be more susceptible to mold-related health problems than adults, so mold and mildew growth around your child's play areas is even more dangerous.
3. Mold and mildew can cause damage your home. Mold will literally eat away wood over time. It can also eat away at the granules in your asphalt shingles. Almost everything on the exterior of your home can be damaged by mold and mildew if they are given enough time.
4. The unsightly presence of mold and mildew can bring down the value of your property, and can even scare away potential buyers.
5. Of course, your home is your greatest investment, so you as a homeowners most likely dislike the way mold and mildew looks growing on the exterior of your homes.
Removing Mold On Exterior Of Home Surfaces
The best way to remove mold and mildew from exterior surfaces of your home depends on the types of materials on which the mold and mildew is growing. We suggest contacting a professional exterior cleaner who is trained and skilled to safely remove the mold growing on the exterior of your home. Generally the exterior homes surfaces should be washed with a low-pressure method to ensure the safety of the homes siding, then a mold removal product is applied to remove all the spores and to inhibit new growth. High-pressure cleaning should not be used in most cases as this can damage the siding (another important reason to contact a professional exterior cleaner.)
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