Garages get humid, especially in Roseville, California. Even in the cooler months of winter, the constant rain storms and dew can turn the inside of your garage into a virtual swampland. Those kinds of conditions are the perfect incubators for mold. The good news is mold is preventable as well as manageable. Here’s how to avoid mold in your garage and on your garage door, and how to get rid of any you might already have.
Mold loves wet dark spaces. Keeping out the dark may be nearly impossible during a California rain storm, but it is possible to keep your garage dry if you try.
Drying Out Your Garage
The first step is to make sure there are no roof or gutter leaks. Be certain all windows, doors, and cracks are well sealed. Check to see if your garage door bottom seal is in good condition. Replace if necessary.
If moisture continues to be a problem, consider installing a dehumidifier. Remember to empty out the pan regularly.
Powerwash Your Garage Door
If you have mold, take a power washer to the inside and outside of the door. Scrub it down with a mixture of laundry detergent, dish soap and hot water.
Have Your Door Inspected
If you have an older door, it may be a good idea to have a professional inspect it. He or she can check for any leaks, cracks or wear.
If you don’t have an insulated door, consider installing one. This will keep out hot humid weather during summer and help to keep it dry during the winter.
If mold is still a problem, consider calling in a mold removal specialist. He or she can work together with your garage door company to ensure the problem doesn’t happen again.
The Dangers of Black Mold
Not all mold that’s black qualifies as Black Mold, also known as tachybotrys chartarum. Black Mold can be an extremely toxic and even deadly mold. If you notice any breathing problems, contact a mold specialist and see a doctor. The problem may be serious.