Black and white mold and mildew can develop in a garage wherever there are leaks or moisture, especially in dark environments. A thorough mold removal project is crucial to undertake as quickly as possible as mold spreads rapidly and can cause serious damage to your property, ruining walls and floors, while also posing a very serious health risk.
Mold may lead to serious health problems if not immediately and completely remediated, as spores can cause pneumonia, asthma attacks and other respiratory disorders.
Mold in the garage can be just as dangerous as in your house, as molds produce harmful chemicals such as mycotoxins that can make their way into your home. Even if the mold is in a detached garage it should be dealt with just as urgently, as toxic mold spores can travel and affect everything and anyone within reach.
So it’s imperative that homeowners learn how to prevent mold, and if discovered how to properly get rid of mold completely if they opt to do it themselves. Remember, the safest option is always to call the experts and get professional mold removal and remediation.
Scrub the Mold and Spores Thoroughly
When either black or white mold has already grown in your garage, you need to remove it immediately to stop it from prospering.
Mold will most often be found on your garage ceiling, floor, walls or on the garage door.
The best mold removal product to use is bleach, but you can also use natural ingredients such as distilled white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide as they are free of harsh and harmful chemicals like those found in mold sprays. Wear a mask and protective clothing, and spray the bleach or product into the mold, then scrub it thoroughly to make sure it is removed completely. Use caution, because scrubbing can release spores. After thoroughly scrubbing, make sure to completely dry the affected area.
However, if the area is more than 3 feet by 3 feet, it is highly recommended you call a professional mold removal company.
Inspect your Garage
It is important to check for mold on the garage ceiling, floor, walls and door, as well as check for leaks or other conditions that may cause excessive moisture. Be sure to also check the roof of your garage and see if there are broken pipes or damaged gutters.
If there are leaks in your garage or the roof, be sure to fix them right away to prevent any moisture that will attract molds.
If there are leaks in your garage or on its roof, fix them right away to prevent moisture that will attract molds.
Seal Garage Doors Well
If you want to protect your garage from water and moisture, you need to seal your garage doors properly.
If you allow water into your garage, there’s a great possibility for mold growth as they love damp and dark places.
The presence of water in your garage may not only cause mold growth but can also damage your garage’s structure as well as your vehicles.
Control the Humidity in your Garage
To keep your garage away from conditions that attract molds, you need to keep your garage dry and well-lit and properly ventilated. Another cause of mold growth is high humidity so if your garage lack windows or other types of ventilation, you need to do something about controlling the humidity in your garage.
One of the best ways to do this is to use air movers. Air movers are great not only for controlling humidity but also for reducing condensation in the structure, making your garage free of moisture and mold.
Keep your Garage Storage Organized
If your garage serves as your storage, it is more susceptible to mold.
This is why you have to organize it properly and get rid of anything that may cause mold growth.
Instead of keeping things in the floor, place them on shelves so in case of rain or flood, they won’t get wet, saving your garage from any moldy problems.
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