The garage is usually seen as a space that doesn’t need much maintenance work, and sometimes that’s correct. If it’s constructed the right way, the garage is a strong, safe place that doesn’t contain very many fittings, pipes, and surfaces for water to infiltrate and cause water damage.
But sometimes does not mean never. The concrete floor, concrete walls, and wood surfaces of shelves can all be subject to water damage. That’s not bueno!
But, if you check your plumbing on a regular basis, you’ll find that there are plenty of chances for water to find its way to these surfaces. Be sure to inspect all pipes for rust, leaks, and possible mishaps such as large objects interfering with the piping. These accidents can happen anywhere, however they are more prevalent in a garage which isn’t often climate controlled.
If you’ve got a major spill in your home, you will need to get it cleaned up as soon as possible. The concrete floor can get water damage, staining, and other problems if the water remains for too long, and the walls can lose part of their structural integrity as well. Be sure to fix these problems as quickly as possible:
- Mop up all the water
- Clean every surface that has water on it
- If the garage remains sealed, use a dehumidifier and fans as the heat will evaporate the water
- Disinfect and treat every surface that can grow mold
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