We all come in contact with mold at some point and in small amounts it generally doesn’t have a very big impact on our health. However, there are many issues that can arise from an overload of mold and mildew build-up.
Here are some things to know when it comes to mold on your boat:
What Causes Mold on a Boat
Having constant contact with water, a boat can easily collect and trap moisture and quickly turn a joyous experience into a very unpleasant and possibly even a dangerous one. If you do not properly prepare your boat for winter there is a much higher chance you will uncover mold which has been building up throughout the colder months.
What Damages It Can Cause
Not only does mold have a nasty odor and appearance but it can release toxic spores into the air causing serious health risks to you and the other passengers. Some symptoms may include: Stuffy nose, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation or skin irritation. Some people who are more sensitive or allergic can develop infections or in the most serious cases, lung disease.
There are many cleaning products available for mold remediation even using a combination of bleach and water or hydrogen peroxide can do the trick. Some may be more effective than others so be on the look-out for any regrowth. It is also important to wear gloves and a mask while doing this.
The key to avoiding mold growth from the start is to have your boat properly prepared for winter by shrink wrapping. Shrink wrap will prevent any moisture from entering your boat as it is Airtight. As spring comes around take a good look at the condition of your boat. If you have shrink wrapped your boat for the first time this winter you will notice a tremendous difference.
You can see our complete guide to shrink wrap for boats here.
If you have any questions regarding the shrink wrap process give Unlimited Shrinkwrap a call. We are a professional heat shrink wrapping service that will protect any of your products and equipment, on location.