Learn How to Use a Pressure Washer to Get Rid of Green Algae on Your Home’s Siding
If your home has algae on the side of it, it likely looks green – though brown streaks are possible too. These can stick around until you take the necessary steps to get rid of them. The good news is that a pressure washer is all you likely need. Keep reading to learn how it can complete this task and then contact Geyser Equipment at 951-509-9269 to find the right pressure washer for your needs.
How Serious is the Algae Problem?
Truth be told, algae is not going to affect the structure of your home. However, that does not mean that it should be left to fester. The truth about it is that it is not pleasant to look at. It reduces curb appeal and can create stains that are quite unattractive. It is also unhealthy, as algae can produce toxins. This is why when a lake is covered in algae, it is likely not open for public swimming. Algae also cause allergic reactions for some.
Finally, consider that algae can be a warning sign. It does not automatically mean there is an issue if there is algae growing, but it could be a sign that there is moisture getting trapped under your siding. If your home does not have a proper weather barrier installed under the siding, then this could be a serious issue.
How Does Algae Get Here in the First Place?
It is impossible for a homeowner to determine where the origin of their algae is because it is airborne. It likes to grow in damp, organic, warm places. This makes wood siding particularly attractive to algae, though of course vinyl and fiber cement can fall prey to algae too. While they are not organic themselves, they can attract drops of tree sugars and sap, which can then grow algae and mildew.
The Sunlight Can Provide Some Natural Prevention
While any side of your home – or all sides – can end up covered in algae, there are some areas that are more susceptible than others. Namely, the northside of homes does not get the same amount of sunlight as the rest of the home, which means they are more attractive to algae and that algae can thrive there.
If You Have Algae Now It Needs to Be Taken Care Of
Once you have algae, it can spread and get worse. If you have your own hot water pressure washer on hand, you can simply spend a few minutes cleaning the algae off. Check the manufacturer’s directions to learn what temperature and pressure it should be on. Not only is this the fastest way to get rid of algae, but it also does not require you to come into direct contact with the contaminated surface. Contact Geyser Equipment at 951-509-9269 if you would like help with this process.