Contrary to popular belief, residential pressure cleaning does more than simply restore curb appeal to a home. While the removal of surface stains like dirt is important, the removal of stains both below the surface is even more so. Some stains can seep over time, causing serious damage to surfaces like roof tiles, siding, and walkways when left untreated. However, power cleaning is a highly effective method of deep cleaning the exteriors of a home, helping to remove and prevent the spread of hazardous substances like the ones listed below.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that has a fuzzy appearance and comes in a variety of colors, including orange, green, grey, brown, and black. Mold spreads through the release of spores, which travel through the air before resting on a surface to grow and eventually release more spores. Mold may seem harmless, but it is actually very toxic and can pose a number of health risks to anyone exposed to it. In the event that mold spores find their way inside a home, they can multiply and become so condensed that it could result in poor air quality, allergic reactions, and respiratory issues for anyone living inside.
Where Can Mold Be Found?
Mold can grow just about anywhere that provides a damp environment. Food that has gone bad will typically gather mold, but other common areas of mold growth include rooftops, windowsills, pipes, tiles, stones, and wood. While not always visible, its distinctive and offensive smell is a strong indication of its presence. Mold exists mostly outdoors, but it can easily find its way indoors through doorways, windows, ventilation systems, and even by attaching itself to a homeowners’ clothing and shoes. When mold spreads indoors, the concentration of mold spores is higher than it would be outside because of the enclosure, so it’s especially important to minimize exposure by keeping the home’s exterior clean and mold free.
How Can Mold Be Removed?
The best way to remove mold would be to call a professional service. Power washing implemented with mold-fighting cleaning products can remove mold—visible or not—and stop the spread of spores to prevent future mold growth.
What is Mildew?
Mildew is another form of fungus. It is commonly confused with mold as the two are very similar in appearance and can cause many of the same problems. Mildew, like mold, spreads through the dispersal of spores—the inhalation of which can contribute a range of health problems including respiratory problems, sore throats, and headaches. However, unlike mold, mildew has a flat, dusty texture and typically starts off as white before turning yellow, brown, or black with time. Unlike mold, a mildew infestation can also cause damage to plant life.
Where Can Mildew Be Found?
Mildew thrives on moisture and tends to grow outside and on more organic surfaces like plant life, wood, leather, paper, and food. However, if mildew spores find their way into a household, they could also latch onto insulation, kitchen and bathroom tiles, wallpaper, drywall, carpet, and fabric. Like mold, mildew is not always visible, but it does give off a distinctive odor that makes it easy to locate.
How Can Mildew Be Removed?
Mildew can be difficult to remove if the spores have penetrated the surfaces they’ve landed on. The powdery top layer usually comes right off, but a thorough pressure washing after a mildew-killing treatment is required to eliminate any traces of mildew beneath the surface.
What is Soot?
Soot is the accumulation of particulate matter caused by pollution and is thought to be a major contributor to global warming. It is composed primarily of chemicals like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, acids, dust, and soil, all melded together to form impure carbon particles in the air. Particles of soot are very tiny, measuring no larger than 2.5 micrometers in diameter—about 1/30 the diameter of a strand of human hair. Breathing in soot particles is easy to do and can cause respiratory problems just like mold or mildew. However, prolonged exposure to soot can also cause more serious health problems like asthma, bronchitis, and heart disease.
Where Can Soot Be Found?
Soot is the result of the deficient combustion of coal, wood, oil, and other types of fuel, and is discharged with fumes from power plants, oil refineries, and automobiles. Soot normally floats around unnoticed in the outside air, but it can form a black powdery substance when gathered on the exteriors of houses. Buildup on windowsills and siding are especially common for homes that are situated near busy roads or highways since car fuel emissions are a major source of soot.
How Can Soot Be Removed?
Removing soot, just like mold and mildew, requires the specialized machinery, chemicals, and plan of attack that only a professional would have. A careful pressure cleaning service would ensure both the breakdown of the soot particles and the neutralization of any odors that were left behind.
Mold, mildew, and soot are all examples of harmful substances that could cause deep staining and damage to especially vulnerable surfaces. Even worse, they can lead to serious health complications if they find their way indoors. This can be avoided with a regularly scheduled exterior pressure washing service. If you are interested in having parts of your Collier County home pressure cleaned, or if you have any questions about the process or materials used, please call Pressure Cleaning Services today at (239) 287-7261.