3 Reasons Why Mold & Mildew Grow on Vinyl Siding

vinyl siding on your South Jersey home, the possibility of mold or mildew growing on your siding is something you should be aware of. Before you start getting worried, we’re here to tell you exactly why mold and mildew tend to grow on vinyl siding and what you can do to keep the outside of your home looking clean.

Dirt Build Up

The accumulation of dirt on your home’s vinyl siding may be one of the mains reasons why you’re seeing the growth of mold or mildew. Mildew is a fungus that thrives on dirty surfaces because it feeds on dirt and dust to survive. If you live in a wooded area, you should keep an eye for tree sap on your siding as it is also an appealing food for funguses such as mildew.

Lack of Sunlight

Shade can be one of the biggest enemies to your vinyl siding and one of the greatest allies that mold and mildew have. The shady and dark parts of your home that receive little to no sunlight act as the perfect breeding grounds for funguses to thrive. If your home is surrounded by trees, you should consider having them trimmed to allow your home to receive more sunlight.

Excess Moisture

Sunlight and dirty surfaces aren’t the only culprits when it comes to aiding and abetting mold and mildew. Excess moisture behind your vinyl siding can create the perfect environment for funguses to grow. To prevent mold and mildew from growing, you should inspect your siding for rainwater entry points and make sure that your drain pipes and gutters are clear and working properly.

DIY Cleaning Recipes  

  • Homemade Mold Cleaner
      • ½  cup trisodium phosphate (TSP)
      • ⅓  cup powdered laundry detergent
      • 1-quart household chlorine bleach
      • 1-gallon water
  • Mold Spores Killer
      • 2 quarts of water
      • ½  teaspoon of clove oil
  • Natural Vinyl Siding Cleansing Scrub
    • ½ cup baking soda
    • ⅓  to ½  cup of water to form a paste

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