If you have noticed the buildup of moisture around the interior of your car windshield, fear not. There is no issue with your vehicle. This moisture, especially in cold weather, is a very common occurrence. However, this moisture can be the cause of a problem if it is left over time. Mold growth around the front and rear windshield stemming from this moisture can be a problem. If you notice mold growth in your vehicle, keep the following in mind:
Can This Mold Cause Health Problems?
Yes, just like any other mold, build up in vehicles can be very dangerous to your health. A moist environment is the perfect place for these spores to grow on the glass. What makes it even worse is the fact that it is a small area with very close proximity to the vehicle's air conditioning system. If it gets inside, it can circulate mold spores through the interior and land on multiple surfaces, including your respiratory system, causing a variety of health issues.
How Can This Issue Be Prevented?
Thankfully, cars that are used regularly are not as likely to have the moisture buildup. It is still possible, but with regular use of the car, the moisture has an opportunity to evaporate before mold can grow. To be on the safe side, take a cloth and wipe away any moisture you notice before you get on the road. You can also leave the windows down for a few hours to let the air move through the vehicle.
The big problem comes with vehicles that you don't use on a regular basis. Mold growth is very common in cars that are left to sit without any airflow. Before you begin driving a car that has been sitting idle for a while, look around the glass for any mold or mildew growth. Remove it with a solution of equal parts of bleach and water. If you cannot remove it, do not drive the car until you have it professionally cleaned.
Mold inside your car due to moisture buildup can be a very frustrating problem. If you begin to notice it, you may want to have your entire windshield replaced (by an outlet such as Allstate Glass) to ensure you get rid of it completely. You also have the option of calling your local mold removal company to see if they can help you get it out of the vehicle safely. Taking these steps will not only keep you healthy, but will keep your family safe as well.