How To Prevent And Get Rid Of Mold In Your Garden Potting Shed

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Mold and mildew in your garden shed isn't just dangerous to the structure, it can also endanger your health and the health of your garden plants. Mold prevention is often overlooked in the shed. The same thing that causes mold in your home – moisture – causes it in your shed. Prompt mold removal and preventative maintenance can put a stop to it.

Metal or Wood?

If you're building a new shed, opt for the wooden model. Although wood requires painting or sealing every few years, it's also less prone to interior condensation compared to a metal shed. Metal sheds are typically constructed to be airtight and with few vents, which leads to condensation inside and no way for the moisture to escape.

Add Ventilation

If you already have a metal shed and it doesn't have adequate ventilation, drill a series of holes in the upper wall beneath the eaves. Cover the holes with wire mesh to keep the pests out. This gives moisture an escape route. Just make sure the holes are beneath the eaves so rain doesn't get in.

Even wood sheds can benefit from additional ventilation if they don't already have vents. You can use the same method with holes and mesh to add vents to a wooden shed.

Check the Roof

Both wooden and metal garden sheds often have metal roofs, which leads to condensation and mold. You can treat the underside of the roof with auto under-body sealer, which prevents condensation buildup.

Dry It Out

If mold has already made its way into the shed, start by drying out the interior of the building. Open doors and windows, and then set up a fan to blow through the shed. Once it's dry, you can begin mold removal.

Kill the Mold

Bleach is the surest way to kill mold. Don't mix the bleach with anything but water, or you may release toxic fumes. Also, wear gloves and a respirator mask so you don't breathe in any mold.

Dilute 1 cup of bleach for every gallon of water. Scrub the walls, ceiling and floors with the solution, before rinsing it clean. It's also a good idea to wipe down your potting table and clean any plant pots or trays with the bleach solution. Once done, allow it to air dry before moving everything back into the shed.

A garden or potting shed is especially prone to mold because it's often brought in on plant soil. Keeping your garden tools and pots disinfected with the bleach solution can minimize this. Also, store potting soil in sealed bags or buckets until you are ready to use it.

For more information, contact ServiceMaster by Restoration Xperts or a similar company.

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