Here in the northeast, when people notice mold or mildew growing on the exterior of their homes, they often call a power washing contractor. It is important to note, however, that blasting away the visible signs of mildew and mold will not truly take care of the problem. Both of them fungal growths, mold and mildew grow from tiny spores that will remain on the surface of your home, even after a thorough pressure washing.
Preferring shady areas in humid climates, mildew and mold can quickly mar the attractiveness of a home, showing up in patches and streaks of green, brown, and black. Beyond even their unsightly appearance, they can cause health problems if left unchecked. In order to effectively clean your home of these fungi, it is necessary to begin with a good fungicidal wash.
While this is a service performed by many professional painting companies and power washing services, it also can be done by the homeowner. In a hand-pump garden sprayer, mix one part mildewcide wash and one part bleach with 10 parts water. Mentally divide the surface into manageable sections and work on one section at a time. Spray the wash on one section, let it sit for 30 seconds, and then rinse it off using a low pressure spray. If the mildew or mold does not easily wash away, strengthen your solution and try again. A long-handled scrub brush may also help in tough regions.
A word of caution: always be very careful when using a pressure washer or when hiring someone to pressure wash your home. Any carelessness or rushing can have devastating long-term consequences on your home. Some homeowners or pressure washing services may use too much pressure while hurrying to get the job done. This can cause the paint to flake off. It can also leave deeply etched lines and grooves that will be seen even through future layers of paint.
A.G. Williams is a reputable, reliable painting contractor serving New York and Connecticut. We offer expert pressure washing services, and our professional painters know how to take care of your home. In addition to siding and gutters, we also provide deck washing services, and we could also clean your walkways or driveway while we’re there.
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