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Have you ever noticed that, despite your best efforts, mold keeps appearing on the side of your home? It’s a natural occurrence, a result of moisture, low light levels and just enough warmth for the bacteria to grow. That’s why the problem is so common in the winter, the summer sun is usually too strong for the mold to survive.

You can’t move your house so that it is constantly in the sun, there will always be darker and damper areas; that’s why you need to know how to prevent mold on your home.

Cladding

Older cladding is susceptible to mold. However, if you check out the latest cladding by Peter Bracey, you’ll find that many of the offerings are actually mold resistant. Getting your cladding updated can be a great way to eliminate a mold issue for good.

Yes, updating will cost you, but it will save you time and money each year dealing with the mold issue.

Pressure Washing

If you want to look after your home then you need to pressure wash it at least once a year. This is an effective way of cleaning the cladding and removing any mold that has grown. However, it doesn’t prevent mold reappearing.

To do this you should pressure wash your home to ensure the mold has gone and then re-spray it with the pressure washer and a chemical.

There are many chemicals available that can be held in a container net to your pressure washer and automatically be added into your water spray. These will help to prevent mold from getting a grip and stop it from growing on your house.

You’ll need to check the different offerings to find one that is environmentally friendly.

It’s a good idea to pressure ash your house regularly, especially during the winter months when the weather is naturally damp.

Garden Care

Sunlight is the enemy of mold. To help ensure your walls get plenty of sunlight make sure that trees and hedges are trimmed as low as possible. It is also a good idea not to encourage climbing plants up the side of your house and to eliminate any moss as soon as you see it. Plants will hold moisture which makes it easier for mold to start forming.

Check Gutters

You also need to check your gutters, they should be clear and drain properly, this will help to ensure the water flows away from your home and doesn’t create a nice environment for mold.

In addition, if you use sprinklers, make sure they are not hitting the side of your house; this will make the walls damp and increase the likelihood of mold forming.

Insulation

The exterior walls of your home can become damp when the heat from your home hits them and the cold air outside your home. By improving the insulation in your home you’ll dramatically reduce the potential for this to happen; preventing the mold from growing.

Perhaps the most important tip is simply to be vigilant. If you see any sign of mold growth starting to appear then take action straight away.