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Eliminating Mold From Under Your Home’s Eaves

It’s easy to fall victim to the misconception that a dry house means you don’t have to be concerned about mold. The truth is, even if your home is dry on the inside, that doesn’t mean you don’t have mold growing outside. As these spores start to spread, your outdoor mold problems can quickly become indoor hazards. In fact, you may be surprised to find out that one common source of mold outside your home is underneath the eaves. Since that space doesn’t see much sunlight, moisture can get trapped under the eaves and cause mold growth. Here’s a look at what you can do to get rid of the mold and keep it from coming back.

Make Sure You’re Properly Equipped

Before you can effectively clean mold away from the eaves, you need to be sure you have the right tools. Mold can be hazardous to your health, so safety is essential. In fact, many people opt to hire mold abatement services to do this for their own protection. Here’s a look at what you need to have if you decide to go it alone.

  • Protective Wear – Don’t work around any mold without making sure you’re protected from exposure. Some varieties of mold are toxic, so it is essential that you take precautions. Wear a pair of vinyl or latex gloves while you’re working and buy a cover-all that’s both disposable and treated with an antibacterial barrier product. You may also want to have a respirator that can protect you from accidentally inhaling mold spores.
  • Tools – Cleaning mold from under your eaves isn’t as easy as grabbing a bucket and a sponge. A pressure washer is the best tool for getting water into the small space under the eaves, because it will have enough power behind it to wash away the mold. In addition, you will need a fungicide or a solution with water and bleach to treat the space and keep the mold from coming back.  

Tackle the Mold Growth Properly

Once you’ve gathered the supplies you need, you’ll want to approach the cleaning process carefully. Start with the pressure washer. Attach the pressure washer to a water source and set the nozzle so that it has a moderate pressure level. You don’t want to use high pressure spray, because that could damage your eaves.

Stand several feet back from the house and spray under the eaves. Keep the water stream moving consistently across the space so that you don’t damage the structure. Leaving the water spray in one spot too long may damage the wood. Slowly work your way around the house until you’ve washed the whole area. Inspect the space under the eaves to be sure there’s no mold left behind.

Treat the Eaves to Keep Mold at Bay

Create a mixture of three parts bleach to one part water, or mix a fungicide solution according to the package directions. Spread drop fabric or heavy tarps over all of the landscaping under your eaves and against the house. Then, brush the bleach or fungicide solution directly onto the eaves. This ensures that the bleach makes direct contact to disinfect the space and keep the mold from returning.

When you are proactive about treating the early signs of mold under your home’s eaves, you can keep that mold growth from becoming a widespread problem in your house. If you aren’t comfortable doing the work on your own, talk with a mold abatement service like ENVIROTECH Inc to do the job for you.