November 30, 2015 Safer Garage

Mold-Free Garage

Mold is the last thing you want to see in your garage. Humidity and moisture (condensation) in your garage can lead to unwelcome mold growth on concrete, wood rafters, metal shelving, drywall and other surfaces. Boxes of stored belongings, stacks of magazines or newspapers, camping equipment and swimming supplies may get moldy, especially if they were put away wet or damp. Even simply driving your car into the garage in rainy/snowy weather tracks in a lot of water that can lead to mold growth. Here are some simple tips to keep your garage mold-free:

  1. KEEP IT DRY AND VENTILATED. Mold thrives in moist, dark, unventilated environments, so you should be able to prevent mold by making sure your garage stays dry and well-ventilated. Air dehumidifiers are a good start. Fresh, circulating air and well-maintained garage structure should be enough to prevent garage mold. LET THE SUNSHINE IN. Sunlight also helps keep mold from growing.
  2. UPDATE TO MOLD REJECTING MATERIALS. Choose materials other than wood for your garage, like metal (aluminum), not only to eliminate the possibility for mold growth, but prevent wood-eating pests that can damage your garage or your property from ever becoming a problem. Pre-coated aluminum or vinyl sidings are most likely the best for your garage walls. If you already have a garage made out of wood, you’re going to need to take a few more steps to prevent mold growth. Using bleach, white vinegar or ammonia is only effective if the mold is growing on non-porous materials (tiles, bathtubs, glass, countertops, etc). Bleach, white vinegar and ammonia cannot penetrate into porous materials, such drywall and wood, and as such does not come into contact with mold growing beneath the surface. The only way to prevent or stop mold from growing on wood is to keep the surface of the wood dry.

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE MOLD. Never ignore mold if you see it around your garage or home. The first thing to do when you notice any mold problems in your garage is to look for any leaks in the roof or pipes. Check your window wells, vents and flashing for any issues. Moderate to severe mold issues are usually best left to licensed professionals. The good news is that garage mold removal is generally less complicated than other areas of the home. Technicians need to use proper safety precautions and disposal methods, and insure that ALL mold is removed.