When you think of optimizing your garage storage, you might be overlooking the importance of ensuring that your garage stays safe and dry. With summer ending, ensuring that your garage is dry can make the biggest difference in the coming months. The importance of keeping your garage safe from the wrath of mother nature not only means protecting your items from water damage, but it also means addressing possible long term issues like the growth of mold. And while you may not spend enough time in your garage to be affected by the mold that may grow there, mold spores and mycotoxins can easily make its way into your home. Mold can cause a number of health issues like asthma attacks, pneumonia, migraine headaches, allergic reactions, and other respiratory disorders.
Apart from the health risk and damage that you’re avoiding, it’s also so much cheaper to ensure that your garage is safe from water than it is to replace your damaged items and have the mold removed. In this quick article, we’ll be providing you with some tips and useful hacks that can help you ensure that your garage stays nice and dry as well as a brief discussion regarding what garage storage mounts work best.
How to Keep Your Garage Dry
Now that we’ve talked about the importance of keeping your garage dry and safe from damage, let’s explore some tips you can do to ensure that your garage stays dry and your garage storage stays safe.
1. Cracks and Leaks
One thing we all know about water is that no matter what water will always go with the flow and find ways to enter small spaces through cracks and cause leaks. Ensure that the walls, ceilings, and floors are sealed to avoid further damage. Depending on the size of the cracks, different repairs can be made. For smaller and more manageable cracks you can use Caulk, a sealant used to various types of materials to prevent leakage. For bigger and far more concerning cracks that you might find on your floors or even your roof, use high-quality sealants made with epoxy, polyurethane, or polyurea based crack repair or crack filling compound. This not only ensures that no water goes into your garage but ensures that it’s built to last. If you’re unsure of how to repair bigger cracks, be sure to consult your contractor or a professional.
2. Garage Gutters
Garage gutters and gutters in general, help move and manage cascading water during thunderstorms and could be the key to avoiding flooding and water damage. Ensure that your garage has proper gutters installed, small leaks can cause immense damage in the long run. Garage gutters are made to help manage the flow of water but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to the elements. Be sure to clean your gutters regularly, remove debris such as leaves and dirt. It not only affects the flow of water along your gutters, dirty gutters have been proven to lead to rodent and insect infestations. Another useful tip is to install gutter guards, not only do they prevent leaves and other unwanted debris from clogging tour gutters, but they also lead to a much more low maintenance gutter system, your gutters only have to be cleaned every three to five years, instead of twice a year!
3. Garage Door
When it comes to garage doors, it comes to no surprise that there are so many different variations; from the classic wooden garage door to automatic metal garage doors. While usage may depend on your preference, it’s always important to ensure that garage doors close properly and can be sealed and shut properly. Off-track garage doors not only make it difficult for you to close your garage, but it can lead to long term damage on your garage door and your overall garage interior.
Now that we’ve covered the basics of ensuring that your garage stays dry from the exterior, let’s focus on the important aspects of your garage storage. While it’s important to ensure that the outside of your home is ready for the rain, ensuring that the inside is prepped is just as important. A big debate when it comes to garage storage is understanding what works better: Wooden Storage Racks or Metal Storage Racks?
Overall when it comes to durability and strength, metal storage racks have an advantage. Over a long period of time metal racks can handle a lot more weight compared to wooden storage racks. Wooden racks also have a tendency to hold more water and moisture leading to warping, mildew, and mold from humidity and damp air. Overall we suggest you invest in metal storage racks like the multipurpose WR24B Wall Mounted Shelf and the amazingly Motorized HandyJack Shelves. Both these shelves are sure to last you a lifetime and weather harsh storms and heavy loads.
No matter what upgrades you choose, always remember to find the accessories that work best for you and your needs. For more lifestyle tips and home and garage hacks, check out the FlexiMounts Blog for more!