What Does It Mean If Your Siding Gets Black Mold?

Mold growth on your home's siding can be dismaying as well as unattractive. The following FAQ will help you remove mold from your home's siding and prevent its growth in the future.

What does it mean if your siding gets black mold?

If mold is growing on your siding, this means that the conditions around your home are appropriate for mold growth. Mold likes to grow in damp, shady conditions. The presence of mold on your home's vinyl siding may also mean that your home's exterior has been exposed to mold through contaminated organic material, like mulch or a nearby diseased shrub.

What can you do to remove the mold from your siding?

You can remove the mold from your siding by spraying your siding with white vinegar and allowing the vinegar to sit on the mold. After a while, use a plastic scrubber to scrub the mold off of the siding.

If this doesn't work, remove the mold by mixing together equal parts water and bleach. Spray down the siding with this mixture, then use a plastic scrubber to scrub your vinyl siding.

Note that chlorine bleach is harmful to plants and may kill your home's landscaping if exposed. To protect plants around your home, water down all nearby shrubs and plants thoroughly until the ground beneath the shrubs is saturated. Next, cover the shrubs with plastic sheeting or a plastic tarp. Once this is done, then you can proceed to clean your vinyl siding. Alternatively, you may also use oxygen bleach instead of chlorine bleach, as this product is safe for plants.

If this doesn't work, contact a professional siding services company in your area. They can use commercial-grade cleaners to restore your siding.

What can you do to prevent the growth of mold on your siding in the future?

There are many things you can do to protect your home's siding in the future. For example:

  • Leave space between landscaping shrubs and your home.
  • Keep mulch away from your home's foundation.
  • Cut down any shrubs that die close to your home.
  • Rake leaves and debris away from your home.
  • Wash your home's siding on a regular basis.
  • Avoid placing objects like grills, trash bags and lawn equipment against the side of your house.

For more information about how you can clean mold of your home's siding and how you can prevent mold from growing on your house in the future, contact a professional siding services company, such as ProCon Exteriors.