Cement is porous, making it vulnerable to mold growth in the presence of humidity and moisture. This can happen in as little as 48 hours and it’s possible to see mold growth on surfaces that are damp. Mold can lead to serious health issues so it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. This will prevent it from spreading and getting worse. Mold can make sidewalks and walkways look dingy. There are ways to control mold growth if it happens in smaller areas, but larger jobs need the help of experts!
How to Remove Mold from Concrete Surfaces
Bleach is known as the killer of all germs and gunk, but more and more experts are avoiding the use of bleach to remove mold. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor have advised against using bleach to remove mold since 2013. The use of chlorine bleach is effective as a disinfectant and cleaning agent and is best when used on surfaces that are hard and nonporous. Most bottles will have this stated right on them. Chlorine bleach is not meant for surfaces it will soak into. Bleach is 90% water and the chlorine will dry quickly on the surface. This will leave the water behind that mold loves along with dangerous fumes. This is the reason you shouldn’t use bleach on concrete because when mold or mildew are already present, it may remove the stain but will do nothing for the spores that you’re unable to see. Bleach can also weaken cement because it’s caustic.
DIY VS Professional Power Washing
Power AKA pressure washers are cleaners that use high pressure water spraying. The high pressure comes from specially designed pumps and the pressure is higher than the pressure than comes out of a garden hose. Pressure washers work great on concrete and can remove mold and mildew, dirt and stains. Pressure washers work great on improving the appearance of your home or business. Professional pressure washing services have access to powerful equipment and eco-safe detergents that removes any risks to your health that come from mold cleanup. Once the professionals have finished killing and removing the mold, you will need to make sure you take care of the moisture problem and seal the cement. You will need to take steps to ensure the mold won’t return after its been removed. If mold removal is done incorrectly the spores might remain deep in the cement. If you’re having to repeat cleaning up mold, the detergent you’re using might not be getting deep enough.
Professional Pressure Washing Services in Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Gilbert, Fountain Hills, Greer, Springville, Eagar, McNary, Alpine, Heber/Overgaard, Payson, Snowflake/Taylor & White Mountains Area of Arizona
All Painting & Restoration offers industrial strength pressure washing services that will clean and disinfect any moldy, damp exterior environments to remove all the spores by effectively dislodging them and washing them away. Complete removal of these spores means that you can protect your health and focus on other things that are more fun than spending your day trying to remove it. Call us today for an evaluation.