Mould thrives in environments with high humidity, less sunlight and poor ventilation. Another factor that contributes to mould growth is access to food such as surfaces of wood, wallpaper, drywall, fabric, etc. If these conditions are met, mould can grow quickly. Besides, mould can grow in any part of the house, including the garage. Especially during heavy rains or snow, water can enter the garage and if the standing water is not dried immediately, it can create a favourable environment for mould to grow. Hence, it is important to seal your garage properly and take steps to prevent mould.
Below are important tips that will help prevent mould in your garage.
Inspect the garage
Check the roof, floor, gutters, and pipes of your garage to make sure they are in good condition. If you spot cracks or any other damage, have it fixed right away.
Seal and insulate the garage door
To prevent water from seeping inside, especially during unfavourable weather conditions, seal and insulate the garage door well. Replace weather stripping if it’s worn out. You should also pay attention to the bottom seal, check for elasticity, shrinkage and wear. When it comes to insulation, you could have a pre-insulated garage door panel installed. Opt for one that has a high R-value. This feature measures the insulating material’s resistance to heat flow.
Control moisture levels
Humid, dark and unventilated spaces create the perfect environment for mould to develop, thus making garages vulnerable to mould growth. To lower humidity levels, ensure the garage is well ventilated using vents and fans. In addition to that, leave the garage open for a few hours every day to let sunlight in and promote air circulation. You can also install dehumidifiers to decrease humidity.
Install waterproof walls
When building or remodeling the garage, use mould-resistant drywall. Choose waterproof paint for walls and concrete. You could also use pre-coated aluminum or vinyl siding to weatherproof your garage and prevent mould growth.
Remove standing water
Due to excessive rains, snow and flooding or even from car washing, water can find a way into your garage. When there’s any standing water in your garage, remove it immediately using a mop or squeegee. After that, dry the area thoroughly to prevent mould problems.
Ensure good drainage
Having a proper drainage system is crucial to preventing flooding and water damage in your garage. Alongside a good drainage system ensure it has a proper floor slope to redirect water away from it.
Extend gutter downspouts
Gutters and downspouts play an important role in protecting your home and garage from rains. To prevent buildup of moisture around your garage, extend gutter downspouts at least three metres away from the base of your garage. Also, make sure the gutters are cleaned and maintained all year round.
Use water-resistant containers
As water can damage porous materials like paper, cardboard, drywall, etc. it’s best to have strong, plastic storage boxes in place of those made of cardboard. Plastic will keep contents intact and moreover mould cannot grow on it.
These tips should help keep your garage mould-free. Unfortunately, if you still find mould growing in your garage or other areas of your home, reach out to Biosite Cleanup for effective mould removal services.