How to Prevent Garage Mold
With enough moisture and proper nutrients, mold can pretty much grow anywhere. In fact, mold spores can survive harsh and dry conditions as well. With the right environment, mold can settle in any place in your home, including the garage. A lot of homeowners don’t often pay much attention to their garages, but it’s an important place to keep clean and inspect for any signs of decay, mold or mildew. We at RestoPros understand that mold growth in your garage can be a great inconvenience for you. That is why we’re going to tell you a little bit about how you can prevent garage mold in order to avoid any long-term consequences.
1. Remove Standing Water
Sometimes water can collect in your garage because of rainy or snowy weather or because of water dripping from the bottom of your car. Whenever you see puddles of water in your garage, remove them by using a squeegee and pushing the liquid into the driveway. You can do this easily as driveways are slanted downwards and will allow you to push away the water from your garage floor. Clean up any leftover moisture using a paper towel or a mop. Make sure you don’t leave behind any excess water and moisture.
2. Don’t Use Cardboard Containers
While many homeowners think it wise to make use of any leftover cardboard containers to store garage supplies, it’s best you use plastic containers. The moment cardboard is exposed to water, it absorbs the moisture very quickly. Because it is porous material, like a sponge, it will remain damp and soggy for a long period. Not only will the cardboard become fragile and lose it’s sturdiness, it will also create the perfect environment for mold growth.
Clear plastic containers and boxes will be sturdier and won’t be susceptible to mold. You can purchase these containers from any home improvement store. If you want to continue using cardboard boxes, make sure they are not directly placed on the garage floor. Instead, keep them on a shelf to prevent contact with moisture.
3. Seal Up Your Garage Door
If your garage is not properly sealed up, there is a chance of water seeping into your garage and forming puddles all over your floor. You can probably squeegee it away but there are only so many times you can do that before you get tired. Consider sealing up your garage door from the bottom. You have many options such as a panel weatherstripping and garage door weatherstripping. You can purchase seals and weatherstripping from any home improvement store near you.
4. Use a Dehumidifier
If you read our blog, you know that one of the best ways to maintain humidity in any part of your home is by using a dehumidifier. This trusty appliance comes in different sizes—for your garage, go for a smaller option. Make sure the humidity is set between 30 to 50 percent as that is the ideal setting to prevent mold growth.
Prevent Garage Mold with RestoPros
We hope this guide on how to prevent garage mold is helpful and informative. If you are worried your home might be affect by mold, get in touch with the experts at RestoPros. We provide the DFW area with mold testing, mold remediation and water damage restoration services. Call us today at 855-587-3786 or schedule an appointment online!