Is your garage affected by mold? Here’s what you need to know and do!
Mold is the expected result of a flooded garage. That is why it’s essential to dry out your garage as soon as possible. Mold in garages is common, but it’s also preventable and removable.
Let’s learn how!
Causes of Mold in Garage
Garages are exposed to the outer environment due to the frequent opening and closing of its entrance. This makes it easy for the damp outer environment to seep in. During heavy rain and storms, water can easily penetrate through the door inside your garage. Most people often wash their cars in garages, which contributes to the dampness. Water and snow-covered shoes, tires, etc., also add to the moisture level.
Some people also store tools, old furniture, and wood in garages, which provides the surface for mold to grow. If your garage doesn’t have proper drainage and ventilation with minimum exposure to sunlight, then mold will definitely become a problem.
How to Remove Mold?
If there are small mold spots in your garage as a result of flooding, then you can scrub them out properly to prevent further growth. You can clean out the mold infestation by taking the following steps:
- Spray the mold infestation with warm water to keep it from spreading
- Then, spray a mold cleaner or bleach on the mold spots.
- Let the solution sit on the mold spot so it can lift and neutralize the mold.
- Take a brush and start scrubbing the mold spot.
- Once all the mold is removed, rinse the spot with water.
- Use a vacuum cleaner or a fan to quickly dry the wet spot.
- Repeat this process until all mold is eliminated
Take Safety Precautions
Mold is hazardous for your health, and it grows very quickly. Therefore, it’s important to take precautionary measures. Make sure you wear a thick mask and old clothes so before starting the cleaning process.
If you’re using bleach or other chemical products, make sure to wear gloves, masks, and glasses to prevent exposure. It would be best to open the door of your garage to let the air circulate.
Properly clean all the equipment and accessories used in removing the mold. Do not use them for any other purpose.
Seek professional help!
When your garage gets flooded, it’s best to leave the cleaning and drying procedures to the professionals. Consider calling a professional water damage restoration company to eliminate the mold infestation thoroughly and minimize the chances of regrowth.