The average garage sees a lot of activity, and rarely has the moisture protection that the house provides: This can create mold growth, especially during wet months – and that mold is well-positioned to enter your home and cause serious problems! Here’s how to prevent that from happening.
Clean Up Any Standing Water
Standing water comes from your car after rain, and of course any source of snow or ice. The floor of your garage should be sealed (moistures can cause significant damage if it isn’t), which means those puddles can linger for a long time – and in the rainy season, they may get replenished every day. That water is continually evaporating and lingering in your garage, which makes it an ideal climate for mold to grow. Fix this problem by
Ventilation will help move air around the garage and dissipate water vapor rather
Clear Out Junk
Mold loves growing in old newspapers, piles of magazines, and cardboard of any type…the sort of things many people keep in their garages. Clean out this stuff and throw it away, or move it into plastic bins and keep it indoors.
Make sure your garage roof is properly maintained and sealed! Leaks into the walls of your garage can cause serious mold problems if the garage roof is ignored. This is especially important for detached garages.
Put in a De-Humidifier
The best way to prevent mold growth is to put a dehumidifier out in your garage to draw moisture out of the air. For garages with serious moistures issues, look for a reliable dehumidifier that you can set up.
Are you worried about mold growth in your home, or have you discovered a mold problem that may require a professional inspection before cleanup? Contact Elements Disaster Recovery today to get help from the experts!