If you have noticed mold on your siding, you may wonder if this is something you should be concerned about or something that is normal. You may also wonder if this is a sign that you need to call in a professional siding company or an issue you can take on yourself. Here is some information you may want to know if you have found mold on your siding.
If Siding Needs to Be Replaced Because of Mold
If you have spotted mold on your siding, it may be a sign of a problem or it may be nothing to worry about. A few spots of mold on the exterior of the siding, or the side of the siding that you can visibly see on the outside of your home, is nothing to worry about. This may be caused by moisture from your sprinklers or falling rain. On the other hand, interior mold is cause for alarm. Interior mold is hidden behind your siding. You may be able to see it if you have a loose piece of siding. If you have interior mold, you need to have a siding repair or siding replacement done, depending on how extensive the damage is.
Removing Exterior Mold From Siding
If you have a small amount of mold on the exterior of your siding, you will want to remove it. Mold can spread quickly and can leave behind permanent stains if it is not removed fast. The best way to remove the mold is by spraying a mixture of bleach and water on the area with a pressure washer. If you do not have a pressure washer, you can use a soft-bristled scrubbing brush dipped in a water and bleach solution to scrub away the mold by hand. If you are looking to avoid bleach, you can buy siding cleaning solutions designed to remove mold at your local home improvement store.
The Signs Interior Mold May Be Present
If you have interior siding mold, you will not want to attempt to remove the mold or make any repairs yourself. A professional should be called in to assess the damage and determine how extensive the problem is. However, before you can call in a professional, you need to determine if you have interior mold. As was mentioned above, if you have a loose piece of siding, you may be able to see the mold behind the loose piece of siding. If you do not have a loose piece of siding, you may smell a musty or mildew-like smell coming from a wall that is both an interior/exterior wall. Lastly, the mold may be so extensive that you notice signs of moisture damage or mold on the inside part of a interior/exterior wall. If you notice any of these signs, you will want to call in a professional siding repair company to repair or replace your siding in order to keep mold out.
If you see mold on the exterior of your siding, you should not freak out. A little cleaning can solve this problem. However, if the mold is underneath the siding, it is time to call in a professional. Do not delay, as mold spreads quickly. If you wait, your problem may change from a minor repair to a major one.