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Exterior Dirt, Mildew, Mold, and Algae Maintenance

March 15, 2023

With temperatures and humidity levels at a seasonal high, we are seeing more mold, mildew, and algae on the exterior of homes around the island. Now is a great time to closely inspect your home’s façade and remedy any issues that you may see before they get worse.

The first step is to inspect and evaluate your home’s appearance.

  • Thoroughly visually assess the entire façade of your home. If there are areas on your home or fence that need attention, determine whether to perform these yourself or through a contractor.
  • Everyone knows that mildew is prevalent throughout Lowcountry homes due to our climate. With our humidity, comes mildew, mold, and algae. This is a very common problem and can be eliminated in several ways.
  • When power washing, pay close attention to how it is performed to lessen the possibility of damage to siding if too much pressure is applied. For those who prefer more ecologically friendly or “green” products, there are commercial products available as well.
  • Survey the entire exterior of your home, including your fence and garage on a regular basis (especially during the rainier and more humid months) to look for mold, mildew, algae, and dirt, and tackle it when you see it.
  • After thoroughly cleaning the home, fence, and garage, should it be determined that repainting is necessary, mildew-resistant paints should be used. These include exterior enamels or paints containing a Mildewcide. Stained or naturally weathered wood siding can be protected by the use of a water-repellent finish.
  • As a reminder, all cleaning products should first be checked for content, and Manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) should be adhered to along with using
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to ensure safety.

By performing routine inspections for exterior mold, mildew, algae, and dirt and tackling problems as you see them, you will preserve the look and property value of your home for many years.

Please be reminded of the Daniel Island Covanants, Conditions and Restrictions regarding owners’ responsibility

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