Have you ever walked outside one day and noticed your fence looks particularly green? Streaks of green are a sign of a fence in need of some TLC so it can remain resilient and last a long time. It can be easy to forget about your fence in the yearly cleaning of your property. Even so, that green stuff on your fence will only get worse and lead to more expensive repairs the longer you wait. Below, you’ll find an explanation of the greenness and what to do about it.
Why Is My Fence Green?
Mold, mildew, and algae are the culprits of your fence’s sickly complexion. In Maryland’s humid conditions, these three species thrive off of any chewable substance they can find. As your fence ages, it is more susceptible and therefore can get their attack. Thankfully, there are ways to take care of this phenomenon.
Test for Rotting
Before treating the wood, you will want to determine whether you need to replace any of the wood entirely or not. A good way to do this is to give a firm tap on the wood with a screwdriver, hard enough to see if the wood will go soft, but gentle enough so as not to damage the wood. If the wood is soft, you have rot and will need to replace the necessary boards.
Powerwash It Off
There are two main methods in cleaning the algae or mildew off of your fence. The first is to use a powerwasher. If you do not have one, you could rent one for a day. First, protect any trees, plants, or any other obstacles from the powerful spray by tying and covering up or removing. Then, set the powerwasher to 1500 to 2000 PSI. Stand a few feet away from the fence, and wash it with a sweeping motion. Afterward, you may want to scrub the fence with a one part bleach and two parts water solution.
Scrub It Off
If you’d like to replace using a powerwasher with some elbow grease, you can also take the time to scrub the green stuff away with a cleaning solution and some warm water. There are different types of cleaning solutions out there, although using a homemade mixture of baking soda or white vinegar may be just as effective. Use a hard-bristled brush to scrub away the grime, and then scrub again with just water.
Prevent It From Coming Back
Make sure the fence is totally dry before taking any preventative measures after you clean it. To prevent your fence from mildew, mold, and algae returning, apply a sealer. The sealer will give your fence a protective coating from further damage from bugs, moisture, and the weather.
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