Black and Green Mold on Siding

House wash

I am sure that you have noticed this for yourself, that the north side of your home is notably more prone to mold-growth than any of the other exterior walls of a home.  It’s the simple fact, that the surfaces facing north receive less sunlight and dark and damp places promote the growth of mold. Another area of the exterior of your home that can foster mold growth is around vents that exit through the side of the house. This is because moist air is being vented to the outside, ands mixes with dirt on the siding, creating a perfect growing environment for mold.

Mold is a fungus that grows as well inside as it does outside of homes. This fungus comes in different colors, from green to off-white to black, we have seen them all. It thrives in damp, dark and humid locations and can grow on many different kinds of surfaces.  Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on stone, wood, paper, carpet and foods.

Outdoor mold, if not removed promptly, can stain, discolor and damage your siding, walls, roof, deck, tiles and concrete floors as well as any other structure. If the mold is not removed, it will eat away at the surface and over time, this will deteriorate the item. When you find mold  growing on the outside of your home, you should remove it as soon as possible.

Mold and mildew spores generally appear as powdery stains on home exteriors. They become more attached to sidings over time, when the deterioration process starts. It is recommended to clean mold off the exterior walls of a house promptly, to improve the house’s longevity and general appearance.

Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce, just like some plants that produce seeds. These mold spores can be found indoors and outdoors, flying through the air and settling on indoor and outdoor surfaces. When these mold spores land on a damp spot, they can begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Since molds gradually destroy the things they grow on, you can prevent damage to building materials and save money by eliminating mold growth.

Regularly cleaning home exteriors will keep the home’s exterior looking good and inhibit mold growth! Our team at Kleen llc, is here in the Grand Rapids area to help home owners keep their home in good shape.