Vinyl siding is becoming ever more popular all across the country. It’s durable, attractive, and lasts much longer than wooden siding. It can withstand chips, cracks, fading and requires very little maintenance. As a leading provider of vinyl siding in South Jersey, we can tell you that this material may be fantastic, but it’s not mold and mildew-resistant.
While you may have considered mold growth in your home as a potential problem to worry about, the chance for it to develop on your vinyl siding is just as serious. Finding ways to combat the growth and limit any potential mold exposure starts with understanding the causes and how to prevent mold formation before it starts.
Causes of Moldy Siding
Mold growth can quickly jump to the top of your home maintenance to-do list if your family starts experiencing health problems as a result. Understanding that you have to take a proactive approach to your home improvement projects to prevent future mold growth before we can tackle the molding on your vinyl siding, we need to be aware of where molding comes from. There can be many causes of mold siding, including:
With mold being one of the most common silent dangers around your home, finding ways to combat mold growth becomes critical for homeowners. Luckily, you can avoid the accumulation of fungal coatings with just a few preventive home maintenance measures:
Check Ventilation Ducts for Signs of Moisture
Fighting against mold growth can be an ongoing battle for many homeowners. Be sure to regularly take a walk around the interior and exterior of your property to check for mold growth. If you notice mold starting to accumulate on your window sills, check and see that the window is appropriately ventilated.
Mold tends to grow in moist, dark places, making areas of the home with poor ventilation a prime target for infestation. If you notice an area on the exterior of your home where mold is growing, check the surrounding ventilation to ensure that water isn’t being trapped behind the siding.
Moisture that comes from your clothing dryer exhaust produces steam, which can cause mold and mildew to appear. Inspect areas above your duct vent area to ensure that no moisture is accumulating. If you spot any moisture, mop it up and dry the area thoroughly, and this will stop mold from accumulating on your vinyl siding.
Maintain Drain Pipes and Rain Gutters
Your home’s drainage system plays a critical role in how your home protects itself from initial and continued mold growth. Excess water flows safely away from your home when drainpipes and gutters work as intended and don’t cause you additional trouble. However, if there are significant blockages and hazards in your system, water can seep into where it doesn’t belong and cause havoc.
If water leaks from a broken drain pipe or a faulty gutter onto your vinyl siding, it can encourage mold growth. That’s why we recommend thoroughly inspecting your drain pipes and gutters for any leaks and clearing out your drains of any leaves, debris, and dirt to avoid overflow. For essential gutter maintenance from a professional, you can call a member of our team any day of the year.
Change the Direction of Your Sprinklers
A perfect way to prevent mold problems linked to moisture is to keep the water flow from sprinklers far away from your siding. If you use sprinklers for your yard area, point them away from your vinyl siding. You can still use the
It’s not just heavy rains and interior moisture problems that can lead to mold issues for your home. If you frequently use a sprinkler system in your lawn care routine, the direction your sprinklers face could quickly become an unexpected source of mold growth on your windows and doors.
A perfect way to prevent mold problems linked to moisture is to keep the water flowing from sprinklers far away from your siding. If you use sprinklers for your yard area, point them away from your vinyl siding. You can still use the sprinklers to water plants that lean up against your siding but try not to have water spraying directly onto the vinyl materials.
Manage Your Home’s Humidity Levels
Humidity plays a significant role in mold growth around your home. Mold thrives in dark, moist, and humid environments where it can get the nutrients it needs to grow—the ideal humidity for increased mold growth in areas where the moisture sits above 60% and higher. Keeping your humidity between 30-50% can prevent mold growth while maintaining a comfortable home environment.
Wipe Down Your Vinyl Siding Periodically
If you identify any signs of mold or mildew, ensure that you wipe your siding and clear the buildup away. This will stop the fungi from multiplying and thriving in the damp environments that they have found. Warm, soapy water will suffice to give your vinyl siding a quick once-over.
However, if the mold or mildew is located at a dangerous height, don’t try to handle it yourself. Save you — and your worried spouse — the anxiety and call in the professionals here at New Window Factory to safely remove it.
For more information, or to discuss vinyl siding options for your home or business in South Jersey, contact a member of our team today.