When you think about mold and mold prevention, you probably think about the main areas of your home: The basement, the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom. All of those places where you study, work and relax every day. But what about mold in your garage? Should you be worried about it? And if the garage is a hot spot for mold growth, what can you do to stop it?
The truth is that mold can just as easily take hold in your garage as it can in any other area of the house. America’s garages are often dark, damp, and full of discarded or seldom-used materials (such as stacks of old magazines or upholstered furniture) that attract mold and allow it to grow. In addition, garage spaces are rarely part of a home’s HVAC network, meaning that the air is not routinely exchanged or cleaned. Dark, humid conditions and a lack of ventilation creates a perfect stomping grounds for mold.
So the question is, how can you stop your garage from falling victim to mold growth? In order to help you answer this the question, we’ve collected five essential things you should know about garage mold.
1. Mold can grow in paint
Some people choose to paint the walls and even the floors in their garage for aesthetic purposes. If you go down this path, it’s important to be aware that many types of paint are highly conducive to mold growth. In fact, if you want to avoid this problem, it’s probably best to avoid all normal types of paint and focus your efforts on mold-resistant paint. You’ll be able to find this online or at a variety of retailers.
2. Mold can appear on concrete
Common sense tells us that mold can’t grow on concrete itself, and this is correct. However, it is possible for mineral deposits to build up on concrete surfaces; and mold can grow on these deposits. Giving your garage floor a regular, thorough cleaning is the best defense against this type of mold problem.
3. Water damage and broken pipes can make your garage more susceptible
Like any other area of the home, your garage may sustain water damage at some point. It could be a flooding event, a broken pipe, or the improper storage of damp materials. Either way, excess moisture in the garage is not something to ignore.
4. It’s possible to construct a mold-resistant garage
If you’re in the process of constructing a new garage (or just for future reference), it is possible to build a structure that is inherently resistant to mold. To achieve this, contractors will often use metal framing instead of wood, and siding that is made of either aluminum or vinyl. These materials make it much more difficult for mold to grow.
5. Mold testing can determine the presence (and type) of mold in your garage
If you’re at a loss and need answers to your mold problems, professional mold testing is a worthwhile consideration. This will allow you to see exactly what type of mold is growing in your garage and how you can effectively combat it.
Keeping your garage mold-free
If you think mold in your garage isn’t much of a problem, it may be time to take a fresh look at the issue. A mold-infested garage can threaten the valuables you store inside, the structure of the garage itself, and other parts of your home through the steady transference of mold spores. It also presents a laundry list of health risks to your family, including pets. That’s why it’s important to keep your garage—and your home—free of unhealthy mold growth. Raising mold prevention awareness and making use of your local mold removal specialist is a good place to start.
Good luck in your mold prevention efforts! We hope you’ve found this article useful, and we welcome your comments below.