LESLIE: Lola in Pennsylvania, you’ve got The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?
LOLA: Yeah, I was calling about the gutter on the north side of my house.
LOLA: Short of replacing it, is there anything that can actually truly remove the black mildew that forms on it every year?
TOM: Yeah, sure. You can clean it with a house wash material. There’s a product on the market called JOMAX – J-O-M-A-X; it’s a siding wash and it’s specifically designed to attack those stains and that’s a product that you could mix up and use to clean them with.
LOLA: With a power washer?
TOM: You may not necessarily need to use a power washer. You need to spray this stuff on first because if you just try to blast off the mildew …
LESLIE: You’re just washing away the material itself that’s cleaning.
TOM: And you get some of the roots, so to speak, that stay behind and then it comes back just as quick. You need to treat it first. So you need to use a house wash like JOMAX or a bleach-and-water solution. Spray it on there, let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes and then you can use the pressure washer to blast off the residual.
LOLA: Oh, and it will totally come off?
LESLIE: Oh, yeah.
LOLA: Thank you.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.