Whether or not you hang out much in your garage or use it as a comfortable living space, chances are you probably also use it for storage. Given the heat of Sacramento summers, it’s critical to reduce temperature and humidity if you rely on your garage to store precious items. Here are a few tips to limit humidity and reduce mold issues in your garage.
Minimize Water into Your Garage
Keep water out of your garage by toweling off a wet car before you park it. In the hot summers of California, water on your vehicle will evaporate fast and can lead to mold issues. Likewise, you’ll also want to minimize any water intrusions into your garage. Make sure your garage is well sealed with an effective garage door bottom seal. Repair your garage door to keep out any leaks.
Cardboard is the Devil of Rot
It’s surprising how many people pack extra clothes and childhood mementoes in cardboard boxes and expect them to survive. You might as well bury those memories in the backyard like so many stacks of Pablo Escobar’s millions and write it off to rot. Anything you want to keep should instead be packed into plastic tubs. At $10 a pop, it’s a small price to pay to for memory layaway.
Ventilation: Fresh Air for Your Garage
One of the best garage repairs you can make is to install proper ventilation. You could install actual vents in the garage door or side areas. Add a ceiling fan or exhaust fan. Not only will you fight humidity and mold, but you’ll also get fresher, more breathable air into your garage. It will be a much more inviting place to relax. If you ever considering installing a new garage door, consider the ventilation. It’s key.
Drainage is Key
Exterior drainage is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects when it comes to home repair. Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from your foundation, at least six inches for the first 10 linear feet. If it doesn’t, do something about it. Be the master of your domain. Add gutters. Dig a hole and seal the foundation. Grab yourself a shovel and a Home Depot credit card. The rest is on you.
Install a New Garage Door
If your garage door leaks, is cracking or has sealant problems, you might want to consider installing a new garage door. It’s the best way to keep moisture out and minimize the humidity in your garage. This will protect your stuff, and it will also make the garage a much more pleasant atmosphere to hang out in. Ping-pong, anyone?