How to Properly Ventilate Your Garage to Prevent Mold Growth

Mold growth is a major problem faced by homeowners that requires immediate action. Once it is present inside a house, it can easily cause damage and contaminate other areas of the house around it.

Mold usually grows in areas that are dark, moist, and unventilated. Garages are an area in your house in which mold can easily grow.  Below are some useful tips on how to properly ventilate your garage:

  • Install an air dehumidifier. These devices will help circulate the air in your garage properly and keep it well-ventilated. Also, an air dehumidifier will help dry the air, should water and moisture comes in.
  • Maintain cleanliness in your garage. A well-organized and clean garage will help prevent accumulation of dirt and dust as well as stagnant water and moisture. If you regularly clean your garage, you will reduce the risk of mold growth.
  • Let the sunshine in. As long as it is broad daylight and you are in your house, open your garage door and window to let the sunlight in to dry the entire place.
  • Add a space heater. A heater will help dry your garage especially, if the outside environment is wet and humid. For instance, use your heater when it is cold and musty outside or during rain and snow.
  • Keep your windows and door open. This will also help keep air well circulated around your garage, thus preventing condensation, which promotes mold growth.
  • Add insulation on your garage. If the walls of your garage are warm, it will help reduce moisture and humidity in the room caused by condensation.
  • Add passive vents. Vents on your roof can provide a passage for air to easily flow in and out. If airflow is unhampered, it will reduce possible condensation in the room.
  • Install a window fan. A window fan will help pull air out of your garage.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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