How Do Garages Get So Dusty, Anyway?POSTED 11.28.18
What’s the first word that pops into your mind when someone mentions “garage”? If that word is “dusty,” you’d be in good company. Garages and dust just seem to be an inevitable combination.
Often, we don’t pay much attention to how much dust is accumulating in the garage because we just don’t spend much time out there. We park our vehicle in there and that’s it. A recent survey of homeowners shows that at least 25% of us use our garages as additional storage space. If you’ve banished your car for more room to store your stuff, or if you let your vehicles share the garage with things stored, you don’t want to deal with dust.
Dust comes from…
The top contributor to your garage dust problem is your concrete floor. When concrete is not properly sealed, it begins to break down as moisture and the oil and grease from our vehicles work their way past the surface.
The concrete surface begins to degrade producing a layer of Portland cement dust and rock. Driving your vehicle across it – or even walking on it – circulates this layer of dust. It’s not fair to blame all the dust on your unsealed concrete floor, but this often is the biggest contributor.
If you want to take back this space from the dust, start with sealing the biggest source – your concrete floor. There are DIY options, but many end up failing because preparation for sealing it is just as important as the sealing process itself. If you don’t completely clean the sources that are causing the concrete to degrade, you may just be trapping them beneath the seal. The best cleaning and prepping solutions are often caustic and irritating substances that you might want to handle yourself – all the more reason to trust the job to a professional.
Bringing in someone who knows how to properly clean and prepare concrete for sealing is important because the protective coating must penetrate the porous surface of the concrete and create a bond. The process also helps to fill hairline cracks in concrete, preventing further damage an extending the life of the floor.
When’s the last time you…
Changed the air filter for the vent that’s feeding your garage? Many homes with attached garages have central air and heating systems that also help to maintain a reasonable temperature in the garage. The filters in this HVAC system help to trap dust.
When those filters are clogged, your HVAC system has to work harder to circulate air, which can increase the cost of your energy bills. Replacing the air filters can help with dust control throughout your house, including the garage.