what you need to know about water damage

I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.

Taking Care Of Vinyl Siding With Routine Maintenance

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If you have vinyl siding on your home's exterior, you most likely enjoy the added efficiency it gives while keeping your house looking visually pleasing. To keep your home looking as nice as it did when your siding was installed, routine maintenance should be done to keep the siding clean and free of damage. Here are some steps you can take in doing routine maintenance to your home's siding.

Check For Damage

Walk around the exterior of your home every month or two to look at your siding in detail so you can make repairs to any area that seems to need assistance. If you notice any areas where siding has come loose, it can be replaced simply by lifting the section above it and setting it into the groove at the bottom of that piece. If you see any spots with cracks or small holes, fill them in with caulking to help keep insects and moisture from getting underneath the panels.

Cleaning Your Siding

Taking the time to clean your siding will keep it from getting grungy looking and will help keep mildew from forming. To clean, you will first need to take a few precautions around the home. Cover any plants with sheets to protect them from the chemical soaps you will be using. Make sure nothing is plugged into outlets on the exterior of the home. Close all windows and doors so the inside of your home does not get wet. Here are some materials you will need to gather:

  • Pressure washer
  • Commercial-grade vinyl cleaner
  • Bucket of water
  • Broom
  • Duck tape
  • Old towel
  • Bleach
  • Bristle brush with soft bristles

Use a pressure washer to rinse down your home before you start scrubbing dirt from the surface. Pour some commercial-grade vinyl cleaner into a bucket and add water to dilute it as directed on the packaging. Cover the bristles of a broom with an old towel and adhere it into place using duck tape. Dip the broom into your cleaning solution. Start at the top of the home and work your way down so any dirty water will not remain on the surface. Sweep the broom from one side of the vinyl panel to the other, removing grime in the process.

Remove Mildew

If you see any areas where mildew has started settling on the vinyl, use a mixture of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water to cleanse the area. Dip a soft-bristled brush into the solution and scrub it by hand. Use a pressure washer to rinse your vinyl well afterward. Contact a company like Berkeley Exteriors for information.

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27 July 2015