Have A Home Repair Question? Ask Danny Lipford, Home Improvement Columnist NOLA.com You are signed in as Edit Public Profile Sign Out The Times-Picayune Newsletters RSS Feeds Mobile Apps >Have a home repair question? Ask Danny Lipford, home improvement columnist Updated November 3, 2017 at 7:05 AM; Posted November 3, 2017 at 7:00 AM The Key to Removing Mold Outside the House By Susan Langenhennig firstname.lastname@example.org, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The sink is clogged. The gutters are leaking. And what's going on with those small cracks in the foundation? When is a maintenance or home improvement issue a DIY job or a task requiring a professional? It can be hard to tell the difference, and it can be costly to make mistakes. >Danny LipfordSusan Langenhennig Enter Danny Lipford. Fans know him as the licensed contractor and home improvement expert on the nationally syndicated TV and radio shows, "Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford," which airs locally on WWL-TV and WRNO-FM. Danny has been on the air helping homeowners navigate pesky problems and big renovations for 20 years. Based in Mobile, Ala., he's also an expert in house issues unique to the Gulf South's hot, humid climate. Danny often works with homeowners in the New Orleans area, and is well acquainted with problems common to both our aging Victorians and Creole cottages and our more modern bungalows and newly built houses. NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune is happy to introduce Danny as our new home improvement columnist. His question-and-answer columns will appear once a month, covering a wide range of topics, and his home improvement videos will air on NOLA.com/homegarden. If you have a home improvement question for Danny, email it to email@example.com. Danny's first column, below, tackles a common problem in South Louisiana. *** Question: How can I keep mold or mildew from growing on my house? Danny Lipford: Living in a part of the country that gets a lot of rain and has high humidity like south Louisiana, it's inevitable that you'll have to deal with mold or mildew on the outside of your home. But there's hope. Here are some steps to keep it in check: Keep shrubs and trees trimmed away from the house to discourage mold and mildew growth. Mix a solution of 1 part outdoor-safe bleach to 10 parts water in a pump-up sprayer and saturate the moldy area. Allow solution to remain on the exterior for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse using a garden hose. Another cleaning option used by professional painters is trisodium phosphate (TSP). Mix in a bucket, following label instructions. Apply the mixture and scrub with a stiff bristle brush, then rinse. Use an extension handle for the brush to reach high areas. Be sure to wear rubber gloves, long sleeves, long pants and goggles when working with strong chemical cleaners, such as TSP and bleach. Follow the instructions on cleaning products carefully. Do not mix bleach with cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar since it can cause a chemical reaction and release poisonous chlorine gas. For more project ideas, visit TodaysHomeowner.com.