No matter where you live, mold is a fact of life. Microscopic spores are all around us, both outside and inside our homes and cars. In order to grow, however, mold needs a food source as well as water or humidity. In Calgary’s humid continental climate, there’s always water to provide the basics for mold growth. Although mold growing on car windows and windshields is rare, certain conditions can lead to it.
Why Should I Be Concerned About Windshield Mold?
Because mold growth in cars is rare, people are surprised when they see it. When it appears on your windshield is also cause for concern as it indicates that your vehicle has an extreme amount of dirt and other potential hidden problems. Inhaling mold can be bad for your health, causing respiratory and other problems. The risk to your vehicle is different. Excessive mold can eventually harm your window seals, causing the glass to break and making driving unsafe.
What Vehicles Have Greater Risk of Mold?
Active vehicles rarely have mold growing on the windows. However, if you store your car or leave it parked in one spot for a long time, mold growth is apt to start. If you haven’t driven your vehicle in months, perform a thorough inspection with a flashlight, looking for damaged or cracked window seals. If possible, wipe down condensation periodically from the inside of your unused car and don’t allow moisture to pool on the seats. Turn on the vehicle periodically and run air conditioning or heating periodically.
The best way to prevent mold on your windshield and car windows is to keep your car clean. Vacuum regularly and clean up food debris. Never leave trash inside that is prone to decomposing. When you spill something, clean it immediately and leave the window open until the area fully dries. If mold does appear, use disinfectants to clean it up, especially if condensation is pooling at the window edges. Mold on the window seals means that the entire panel has been infested and needs professional attention. Do not try to clean the area yourself.
If you do end up with mold on your windshield or window seals and have done everything you can to get rid of it, all is not lost. All Makes Collision Centre in Calgary can help. Call us at 403-536-0518 for an assessment and free consultation.