Water damage, no matter where it is, is still a problem because it can produce biohazards such as black mold. When you have water damage in the outlying buildings of your property, it not only affects you and your family, but also the nearest neighbors. Mold spores, when dry, can travel on the wind to the next nearest wet spot and begin reproducing. To stop this problem before it begins to irritate your neighbors and create problems for them, you need to know how to look for the problems and where to look for them as well.
Water Damage In Garages
Garages are quite susceptible to molds because they rarely have the protection that the walls in your home have. They are also regularly exposed to the elements when you open the doors and leave them open. Garage floors that have cracked and become uneven open the garage up to the ground beneath it. In addition to the ground water seeping up between these cracks, the floor can sink and let in melted snow and ice from outside the structure, flooding the garage in spring and covering everything on the garage floor with just the right amount of moisture to grow mold and mildew.
Correcting The Problems In Your Garage
The first thing you should do is contact a concrete contractor to fix your garage floor. Closing off the floor from the earth underneath and creating a higher and more level surface blocks excess groundwater from seeping in. It also stops melted ice and snow from seeping in and flooding the floor in the spring. Next, examine every porous area in your garage for signs of mold. Anything that looks questionable should be examined closer by a water damage restoration expert, like those at Complete Restoration Services. He or she can spray these areas with a special chemical that destroys mold spores and keeps them from returning. If the problem is especially bad, a construction contractor may need to rebuild parts of your garage.
Preventing Future Water Damage Problems In Your Garage
Once all of these contractors have fixed the water damage and the issues that created them, you will need to be more proactive about preventing them. Preventive steps include closing your garage doors whenever you are not in the garage. This way, your garage cannot develop its own problems nor can it contract mold and mildew spores from a neighbor's outlying buildings.