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Removing mold from your home could improve its value and the air

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Maintaining the outside of your home is just as important as keeping it clean inside.

Ignoring a mold and mildew problem will not only affect a homeowner's property value, but it can make some people really sick.

Regardless of whether you have brick, wood, vinyl, or some other type of siding on your home, getting rid of the mold and mildew can be a difficult chore.

Molds are fungi and they're likely growing right now on the walls outside your home.

They thrive on the north side of most homes, where it's damp and shady.

America Now found a home where the mold was growing on a side wall behind some overgrown shrubs. What's worse, the mold was just a few feet away from an open bedroom window!

Left undisturbed, mold spores will disperse into the air and breathing these airborne spores can cause severe allergic reactions for some people.

James Natoli is a mold removal specialist with a company called Window Gang.

"If you are allergic to mold or mildew, then obviously you want to have that cleaned off your house and any concrete," Natoli recommends.

In addition to the health risks, leaving mold and mildew undisturbed will allow it to grow deep into your paint and siding.

The only way you'll be able to get rid of it then is by paying lots of money to have these surfaces prepped and repainted. But a good cleaning, once a year, can make a remarkable difference.

"If you stay on top of it, your house will stay clean," Natoli says.

We watched as Natoli used an industrial-strength pressure washer to remove mold staining bricks on an office building.

Hiring a specialist like him to clean a 2,500-square-foot home will cost a couple hundred dollars.

If that's not in your budget, you can do the job for a fraction of the price by following these tips:

First, mix one cup of bleach with one gallon of water.

If you're using a pressure washer, make sure you use the right amount of pressure.

"On a house that has vinyl siding or stucco, obviously, you do not want to use high pressure. You use low pressure. You lay the bleach on there lightly, then you rinse and you let the bleach do the work," Natoli suggests.

This next reminder is very important: Be sure to use the right tip on your pressure washer for the type of siding on your home.

For example, brick can tolerate high-pressure water, but that's not the case for some stucco and painted walls.

"The farther away you stand from the house, the less pressure you're going to be putting on," Natoli says.

If you don't want to buy or rent a pressure washer, use a household garden sprayer to spray the bleach mixture onto the sides of your house -- but be sure to let it sit for at least 15 minutes.

"Even after you rinse it, that bleach residue is still on that house a little while longer, still killing any mold or mildew," Natoli says.

Remember to protect your shrubs and delicate plants by covering them with a tarp before you start blasting away at the mold and mildew.

If you are thinking about repainting your home in the near future, look for paints that have a mold and mildew inhibitor additive. That will prevent mold from becoming an issue in the future but you're still going to need to regularly clean the outside of your home!

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Additional Information:

The following information is from the United States Environmental Protection Agency's website under a section entitled, "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home" (Source: http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html).

  • Mold grows faster if there is lots of rain and shade.
  • Usually, you can clean the exterior of your home once a year unless it has been very rainy. In that case, you might want to clean a second time in year.
  • Keeping the mold and mildew off your home will increase the aesthetic and property value of your home.
  • Some people are allergic to mold and mildew.
  • Use chlorine bleach mixed with water. Depending on how bad the mold or mildew is, use more or less bleach.
  • When operating a pressure washer, use less pressure on homes with vinyl or wood siding. Brick or other masonry-type homes will tolerate more pressure.
  • Be sure to spray the chlorine mixture on lightly and let the bleach do the work by remaining there long enough to kill the fungi.
  • If you use too much bleach, it could damage or destroy the shrubbery and flowers near the house.
  • Cover shrubs and delicate plants with a tarp. Remove any potted plants from the sides of the house until you have completely finished cleaning the exterior of the house.
  • If you don't have a pressure washer, you can put bleach in a garden sprayer to apply the mixture to the sides of the house.
  • You may have to use a soft bristle brush to scour some areas covered with mold and mildew.
  • Keeping the exterior of your home clean could improve your health by eliminating the mold and its also going to improve the aesthetic value of your home/property.
  • Typically, use one gallon of bleach per 15-20 gallons of water, or one cup of bleach per one gallon of water.
  • If you have stucco siding, you can use a pressure washer, but you cannot use high pressure.
  • Homeowners should take the time to find out what kind of "tip" should be placed on the pressure washer for the siding on their home. For example, certain tips are made for asphalt and concrete. Those tips, however, would emit pressure too high for wood or stucco sided homes.
  • There are two kinds of stucco – soft and hard stucco.
  • If you have soft stucco, you do not want to use a pressure washer on that at all.
  • As a common rule, is it a good practice to wet down two sides of a house with the bleach mixture before rinsing it off.
  • Bleach kills mold and even after you rinse it, that bleach is on that house a little while long still killing any mold or mildew.
  • Bleach will not hurt paint, but if you have loose paint, then you have to be careful with the amount of pressure you use with a pressure washer.
  • Use a soft bristle brush around the windows and doors where there is painted trim work.
  • Before cleaning your house, close and lock all windows. Close and lock all doors. This will ensure your windows and doors are tightly closed to prevent water from going inside the house. However, be careful because water can still get in around the cracks if its not sealed very well.
  • It could cost about $200 to have a 2,500 square foot home cleaned by a professional house cleaning crew. It would probably take them about two hours to complete the job. It would probably take a homeowner about a day to complete the job working alone.
  • Not all pressure washers are created equal. Some are very small and they don't have much pressure. If they don't have much pressure, you're not going to be able to stand on the ground and be able to hit the siding on the areas of the house closest to the peak. Professional house washing crews will likely have a pressure washer capable of hitting the peak areas of the house.


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