You may believe that you don't have to worry about mold because you don't have moisture problems inside your house. What you may be surprised to find out, though, is that your roof is also susceptible to mold growth. One of the most common areas to find it is underneath the eaves, because it's an area that doesn't get much direct sunlight. Here are some important tips to help you clean out the mold and treat the area to keep it from returning.

Gather the Right Supplies

Before you can get started, you'll need to make sure that you have all of the necessary tools and supplies. The better prepared you are, the less risk you'll have of being interrupted partway through.

Protective Gear

One of the most important parts of dealing with mold growth is protecting yourself from exposure. Some types of mold can be toxic, so you'll want to limit your chances of exposure as much as possible. Invest in a thick pair of latex or vinyl gloves to cover your hands while you work. Choose a disposable cover-all with an antibacterial resistance treatment. You'll also want to have a respirator to protect your lungs from inhaling spores.

Cleaning Tools

Now that you have everything you need to protect yourself, it's time to focus on the cleaning tools to tackle the task. A pressure washer is the best way to target water to the under-eaves space, particularly when you need to have enough power behind the water to clear away mold growth. Along with the pressure washer, you will need either a fungicide or a bleach solution to disinfect the space and keep the mold from returning.

Wash Away the Mold Spores

Start your cleaning process with the pressure washer. Connect your pressure washer to a water outlet and set the nozzle to a moderately pressurized spray. Don't use the high-pressure jet setting, because that would be too strong for your eaves and may damage them.

Stay a few feet back from your home when you spray the eaves, because that will help protect you from any mold that splashes back in the spray. Keep the water stream moving in a consistent manner, because leaving it in one place too long may strip the paint away and accidentally damage the structural integrity of the wood.

Work your way around the house slowly, making sure that you cover all of the surfaces. Check each area carefully to be sure that the mold is gone.

Treat the Eaves to Keep it Away

Create a solution of three parts bleach to one part water or use a commercial fungicide according to the manufacturer's directions. Cover all of the landscaping under the eaves with heavy tarps so that you don't contaminate them as you treat the eaves. Brush the solution directly on the eaves to ensure thorough protection. The solution will act as a disinfectant and will build a barrier on the wood to keep the mold from coming back.

If you aren't comfortable doing this work on your own, a mold remediation service can help you get it done right.

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