Attic mold is more common than you might think and often goes unnoticed for years.
HOW DOES MOLD GET IN THE ATTIC?
Mold spores are carried through the air and expand into mold colonies when conditions are right. The right conditions for mold growth are simple; stable temperatures and moisture. That’s it.
Homes with poor or non-existent attic ventilation offer the ideal environment for mold growth. Moisture from living spaces below can accumulate in the attic, especially in winter when doors and windows are kept closed. Moisture vapors from bathrooms, showers, laundry, and cooking can rise up into the attic. Without ventilation, that moisture will build up on attic surfaces creating the perfect ecosystem for mold growth.
IS MOLD DANGEROUS?
Not all attic mold is harmful but there are harmful mold species that can grow in your attic. It is recommended you call a mold removal company like Attic-Air for safe and proper mitigation.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Mold can come in a variety of colors from dark, light, grey, green and sometimes yellow depending on the species. The most common attic mold leaves dark stains on wood sheathing, either patterned or blotchy stains. Also note the smell, mildew and mold often co-exist. If your attic has the “musty” smell, it is likely you have mold.
DON’T IGNORE MOLD
Mold left unaddressed will spread. Over time, mold can transfer from your attic to living spaces below. If you plan to sell your home at some point in the future, you can be sure a home inspector will flag mold which may lead to delays or worse a lost sale.
The mold removal process includes eradicating the mold then treating affected surfaces to prevent future mold issues. Insulation may be contaminated by mold if so it should be removed professionally to ensure the mold spores do not spread to other areas in the home.
The best way to prevent attic mold is to ensure you have sufficient attic ventilation. Circulating air in your attic will minimize moisture buildup that can lead to mold growth.
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