Combatting Mold Problems in Your Garage

Garages are used for more than parking and storing vehicles. Most households also use their garages for storing valuable items which can be ruined by mildew and mold. If you have noticed excessive mold on your garage doors, windows and a mildew odor in your garage, you may have too much moisture accumulating in this enclosure . Here are some tips to reduce moisture to prevent mold in your garage.

Use a Dehumidifier

If you store valuable items that could be ruined by mold or mildew like papers or fabric, considering using a dehumidifier in your garage during the wet season. Wet vehicles drying in your garage create excess humidity that form a perfect environment for mold growth.

Check Your Weather Stripping

The rubber weather stripping on your garage doors is meant to seal the bottoms of your garage doors. This helps with insulation and preventing water from entering your garage. Check your weather stripping periodically for cracking and tears; if it looks worn, replace it to create a better seal at the bottom of your garage doors.

Repair Dents and Door Cracks

If your garage doors have dents or cracks, they could be leaking rain and moisture into your garage. Damaged doors also may not seal on the sides or the tops of the doors. Damaged doors should be repaired or replaced for improved protection against leaking and to prevent safety issues.

Mold can cause damage to wood, fabric and paper products and also become a health hazard. Make sure your garage doors are properly sealed with ongoing maintenance and repairs performed by your local garage door service to prevent mold problems in your garage.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

How to Winterize Your Garage

If you have a basic garage, it is likely that is not well-insulated or made to stay warm during the winter. However, if it attached to your home, you should consider winterizing it to make it more efficient and comfortable. A few improvements can help reduce energy bills and keep your garage warm during the colder months. Here are a few winterizing tips to keep cold air out.

  • Insulate your garage door. One of the best ways to improve the temperature in your garage is insulating your door. You can add insulation to an older door, or upgrade to an insulated door. This can make a big difference in the climate control in your garage, both in the winter and hot summer months.
  • Replace weather stripping. Every few years you should replace the weather stripping on your garage door. This is an inexpensive way to reduce air and moisture coming into your garage under the door.
  • Caulk around doors and windows. Like your home, you want to limit cold air entering your garage from around doors and windows. A quick caulk job around garage doors, windows and the door into the home can help reduce drafts.
  • Cover pipes. If you have plumbing in your garage, make sure those pipes are covered or insulated. This is a common place where pipes burst during a cold snap, causing expensive plumbing repairs and possible water damage to your garage.

Another item to put on your to-do list before winter for your garage is scheduling a garage door service and inspection. You want to ensure your garage door is well-lubricated and ready to perform throughout the winter months to avoid being shut out in the cold.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Top 3 Common Repairs for Garage Doors

A quality garage door can last for a decade or more, but they can require occasional repairs. You can extend the life of your garage door with small repairs, saving you money compared to replacement. To keep your garage door in good working condition and attractive for your home, here are three common repairs that can be needed on most garage doors as they get older.

  1. Repair dents or broken panels. If you have dents in your metal garage door or a broken wooden panel, these can often be repaired. Individual panels can be replaced and dents can be repaired. This not only improves the appearance and security of your door, it keeps the door in balance.
  2. Replacing weather stripping. Long before the garage door needs replacement, you will most likely need to replace the weather stripping. This creates a seal for climate control, helping lower your energy costs.
  3. Replacing tracks, rollers and hardware. The tracks, rollers and hardware that hold your garage door in place are put under much stress. They can also be damaged or corrode with constant exposure to the elements. There is a good chance this hardware can need replacement before the door; however, never attempt this yourself as garage doors are extremely heavy and can cause injury.

Your local garage door service company can help with these common repairs to protect your investment in your garage door. The garage door opener requires maintenance, repair and service, as well, which should be completed by a professional. To extend the life of your garage door, have these common repairs completed as needed to avoid premature replacement.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355