Although you may be vigilant when it comes to controlling mold in your home, there may be one place where it is overlooked — the garage. Whether you have an attached or free-standing garage, mold can often go unnoticed until the problem is severe. This is in part because most people spend minimal time in their garage. Garages also may not have good ventilation or airflow, especially if they aren't on the home's HVAC system.
Do you have mold issues in your garage?
Your nose may be the first sense to alert you to mold. If you pick up a musty odor, particularly if it persists even when outdoor conditions are relatively dry, then mold or mildew is growing somewhere in your garage. Often, you can spot the green or black speckling or the discoloration of its growth if you look hard enough. You may find mold growth on drywall, on wooden joists and studs, around doors or window frames, or on items in the garage, such as cardboard storage boxes.
Can mold be removed via DIY attempts?
If the mold issue is in the early stages and hasn't spread much, you may be able to get it under control by scrubbing down moldy areas with a bleach-based cleaner. Since mole spores could settle anywhere, a deep cleaning of the entire garage may be necessary. It's often easier to toss boxes, rags, and papers that have become moldy rather than clean them. For severe mold problems, or if the mold is in the walls, professional mold mitigation may be necessary.
What are some ways to keep moisture out of the garage?
You can minimize moisture, which is necessary for mold growth, by making sure the garage is sealed well. Replace or upgrade window and door weatherstripping, as well as the stripping and seals around your overhead garage door. If your garage is connected to your home's HVAC system, then running the AC or heat in the garage can help keep the air dry. This can be particularly helpful during wet or humid weather.
How can one improve ventilation and humidity control?
For garages that are very damp or humid, you may need to have a dehumidifer installed, or you may need to upgrade the garage ventilation system. Proper venting may be able to solve most moisture issues in areas with little to no humidity, but a dehumidifier is often necessary in climates that tend to be more damp.
If problems persist or if your mold issues are severe, contact a mold removal and mitigation company like Advanced Air Quality Services in your area.