Annie Rieck

Prevention is Better than Cure

algae on wallIf you live in a hot, humid climate, with plenty of rain, chances are that your walls are exposed to too much dampness, which in turn gives algae and fungus, and even moss, a foothold to grow and spread.

There are ways to prevent and combat this.  

When your walls are erected, always make sure there is a good drainage system in place to prevent the water damming up against the walls.

Cleaning your walls regularly is a sure-fire method to prevent any algae or fungus attacking your walls.

Over time, algae can even discolour your walls, making them unsightly and spoiling their aesthetic beauty.

Do not allow grass, weeds, leaves, or any debris to build up next to the walls, as these will retain the water, which in turn will keep the walls damp, making them prone to algae and fungus attacks.

Avoid planting any shrubs close to the walls, as this will facilitate water retention, which in turn will keep the walls damp, thus encouraging algae and fungus growth.

Regular inspection, and cleaning of the walls, will ensure that any chips or cracks are quickly seen.  

wall with drainage panelChips and cracks are ideal conditions to give algae a foothold to grow, so always fix these as soon as possible.  This will also help in avoiding the expense of removing, or even having to replace badly effected areas on the walls.

There are wall designs which incorporate good drainage, and these are the best to erect in hot, humid and rainy areas.

Prevention is always better than cure.  If there is no algae, there is no need for a cure.

If you would like more information on good, quality concrete walls and fences, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us at Country Wide Walling, to speak to one of our consultants today.

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Annie Rieck

Remove Algae, Mould from Walls or Fencing

AlgaeKeeping your boundary wall looking good is very important, as it is the first thing people see, and you want them to have a good impression of your property, especially if you are considering selling.

Besides rot, your fence can also be attacked by Algea, Fungas, Moss or Mould.

These can cause rot on wooden fences and do make concrete fencing or walling very unsightly.

There are various ways to remove this from your fencing, and we take a look at some of them to assist you to decide which method would best suit you.

All these growths thrive in similar environments, so you need to know what each is.

algae 2Algae is usually green and looks slimy when it is wet, and it is also slippery when wet.

Mould is a type of fungus and develops from airborne spores and usually grows in damp, warm conditions.

Moss has stems like a feathery house plant.

To clean and remove these from your walls and fences, you have choices on how to do it.

If you choose to manually remove this from your fence, then you can use a solution of 1 (one) part chlorine bleach to 3 (three) parts water.

You will need a good, stiff bristled brush.

Wet the wall and then use the brush and solution to vigorously scrub the area. Rinse off with plenty of clean water.

When bleach comes into contact with Algae or mould, it will immediately start to kill the cells, which can then be removed by vigorous scrubbing.

If necessary, repeat the process to ensure that all algae or fungus has been properly removed.

There are also commercial cleaners on the market if you would rather go that way.

Whatever method you choose, rinsing well with clean water is very important.

power washerThere is also a much easier method. Power Washing.

You can spray some of the bleach and water solution on the walls and then use the power washer to wash well. The pressure of the washer will remove any algae, mould or fungus from your walls far more easily.

Even though it is far easier to use a pressure washer, there will always be a lot of debris to clean up after you finish. If you find it is a bit too much to do alone, there is also the easy option.

Get a professional to do it for you, as they do know what to do each step of the way.

If you need to discuss your fencing options, or would like a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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