Florida's no stranger to storms, from thunderstorms to the occasional hurricane. While those storms can cause immediate, obvious damage, such as broken windows or shingles torn off roofs, they can also cause damage gradually.
For example, poor drainage around the posts of a wood fence in Orlando, Fl can lead to decay of the wood over time. Exposure to rain and humidity over years and years can lead to mold growth on wood or vinyl fences. Some types of metal fence can also rust after exposure to water.
Fortunately, you can restore and repair fences that have signs of severe water damage. What you do to fix up your fence depends on the type of damage and the source of the problem.
Removing Mold from the Fence
Humid conditions create an ideal environment for mold to grow. You might notice mold growth on a wood fence or a vinyl fence. How much mold depends on how long it’s been since the fence was cleaned and how much water the fence was exposed to.
Cleaning a moldy fence might not be a super fun job, but it's also usually not a difficult one. The cleaning solutions you use depend on the material of the fence.
To clean mold from a vinyl fence, mix some detergent or liquid soap into a bucket of warm water. For added cleaning power, add about a cup of distilled white vinegar, which will kill off the mold. Use a sponge to wipe the fence clean, then rinse off with a garden hose.
To clean mold from wood fences, combine a 1/4 cup of bleach and a gallon of water. You can add 1/4 cup of liquid soap for added cleaning power. Soak a sponge in the solution, wring out, then use it to wipe the mold off the fence. Rinse with clean water from a hose.
If the mold is really on there, you might want to try pressure-washing the fence to remove any particularly stubborn mold.
Replacing Damaged Fence Posts and Pickets
Poor water drainage around the posts of a wooden fence can cause them to rot over the years. Fixing the damage is a two-part process. First, you want to replace the damaged area of the post, or the entire post. Next, you want to create better drainage around the fence.
To do that, you can dig a shallow trench along the bottom of the fence. Fill the trench with gravel to create a better drainage situation. If you don't want to replace damaged areas of your fence on your own, the professionals at Fence Outlet are happy to help. Get in touch with us for a free quote today.
Removing Rust from a Fence
While some types of metal, such as aluminum, are rust resistant, not all are. If you've got a chain link fence that's looking rusty, you have a few options for getting rid of the rust. You can spray the rusty areas with hose, usually a high-pressure nozzle. You can also use steel wool or a wire scrub brush to remove areas of rust. Wiping the chain link with mineral oil can also help to remove rust.
Re-staining the Fence
The final step when restoring a wood fence after severe water damage is to re-stain it or give it a new coat of paint. Applying a new coat of paint or an oil-based stain will help to protect the wood from future damage and will breathe new life into your own fence.