A mouldy deck or outdoor area is not nice. It looks terrible, smells terrible and just detracts from enjoying your outdoor space. Often we are faced with mould inside our house. But what about when the mould is outside? High concentrations of mould spores can be found right in your backyard. Some frequent outdoor areas where mould loves to grow is on timber decking, pathways and in decomposing leaves and vegetation which are often found under trees, in compost piles, uncleaned gutters and discarded lawn clippings. Attending to these areas regularly will help to reduce mould growth in your outdoor area.

What are some ways we can help keep mould under control outside and away from our decks?

  1. Keep your roof guttering in good working order to ensure storm water is directed to an appropriate outlet, not left to run down your walls or into your ceiling cavities. Any cracked guttering should be fixed or replaced at your earliest convenience.
  2. Ensure your gutters are regularly cleared out of any leaves and general debris, eliminating a food source for mould to grow and preventing backflow of stormwater.
  3. Ensure water drainage is diverted away from your house with the help of a landscape drainage expert.
  4. Have your pathways and decking pressure cleaned regularly and refinish where necessary on a regular basis.
  5. Trim bushes and trees regularly and rake and dispose of leaves dropped by trees and left to accumulate.
  6. Don’t leave grass clippings on your lawn after mowing, put in your green bin at as soon as possible.
  7. Manage your composting appropriately.
  8. Keep a lookout for mould in pot plant soil and change if needed, this can definitely spread to your decking.
  9. Try not to water your lawn or gardens too late in the afternoon too often. This leaves the soil and vegetation quite moist and dark overnight, perfect conditions for mould growth. The best time for watering is early morning.
  10. Clean your deck regularly – early in the morning, so it has plenty of time to dry out in the sun.

If your house happens to be for sale, in the same way that graffiti can turn off property buyers, so too can outdoor mould. Not only does it look unsightly, but quite often the potential buyers will be thinking “Well if there’s mould outside, then what on earth could be lurking inside….” Also quite often, when a buyer is looking at your home, they are looking at the full package including the outdoor living space – not just the interior. Ensure that your outdoor area is fresh, clean and mould-free!

A mouldy outdoor area can cause decking timber to rot, as well as ruin outdoor furniture. If you’re too late and mould has struck, then we recommend an expert like giving your outdoor area some expert mould removal TLC.

If the worst has come and the decking timber has started to rot, then give us a call at Amazing Decks – We can replace any rotting timber and get your deck back to looking as good as new. Your outdoor area is an extension of your living areas, it’s part of your home. It’s best to take preventative measures to ensure the care it deserves.