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The dingy stains you see around your property’s exterior surfaces are more than just an aesthetic concern. Stains actually indicate your home is infected with microorganisms, bacteria, mold, mildew, algae,
Is your roof looking dingy and discolored, with black streaks and moss spreading all over it?
Those black streaks and stains are Gleocapsa Magma bacteria. Commonly called mildew, Gleocapsa Magma grows on wood, concrete, siding, aluminum, among other surfaces. Each individual streak is one colony of algae. Over time, these streaks grow together creating a super colony.
Organisms like this will use construction materials as nutrition, breaking them down, and as a
If left untreated, these organisms will create waste products, including acids, that penetrate the surface more deeply. Almost all forms of Algae, Mildew, Fungus
Have your shingles started to curl up?
Filament root systems are the cause of shingle curling. Because the shingle is attached in the back, the front ends of the shingle flare and roll. This is because the shingle is widened more in the front than the back.
Although shingle roofs
There are four main areas for shingle deterioration caused by algae and fungus.
Algae and fungal filament root systems cause decomposition due to cracks and fissures.
Algae and fungus consume the phosphates present in limestone shingles.
Acidic waste created by the algae and fungus metabolizes limestone fillers.
The darkening of the shingles from algae streaking, causes the roof to absorb heat. This excess heat dries the shingles and ages the petroleum in them.
With the spread of Gleocapsa Magma, premature roof failures are all too common. In Washington, it is not unusual to see a 20 year, 3
Cleaning products, when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, can be effective against this type of biological growth. Sanitizing agents, such as bleach, work well in combination with surface acting agents, to ensure they permeate into the colony’s roof system.
The weedkiller brand
Pressure washing is unsafe for roof cleaning and flat concrete.
Pressure washing should never be used for direct cleaning of a shingle roof’s surface. The water pressure at the spray gun nozzle should not exceed 150 psi, to avoid blasting away the surface of the shingles. Power washing will prematurely age roofs and other surfaces, especially if bacterial colonies have started to infiltrate, as the pressure will hasten the roofs decomposition.
Poured driveways and other flat concrete
Algae, mold, mildew, and bacteria are the #1 source of suffering for people afflicted with airborne allergies. Often roof infestations are to blame. If your HVAC has an air intake on your flat deck roof, it could be the source of contamination in your home. Sick Building Syndrome is a condition where algae and molds spread throughout the home. Once that happens, any moist warm area will begin to produce colonies. Your home and surroundings need to be protected from the health issues caused by mildew, algae, fungus
You can stop the spread of contamination by focusing on your roof. Then move on the other outside areas in your home. Decks, drives, and exterior walls all need to be maintained. Look around to ensure your home and surroundings are free from unwanted moisture and fungus.