PREVENT ATTIC MOLD BY PLANNING AHEAD
Summer, or even early fall, is a great time to prevent attic mold. In winter when windows and doors are kept closed, hot moist air can rise up into the attic.This moisture can accumulate and lead to mold growth and other damage in your attic. You can prevent mold growth by addressing moisture problems before they start.
HOW DOES MOLD GET IN THE ATTIC?
Mold spores are carried through the air and expand into mold colonies when the conditions are right. The right conditions for mold growth are simple. Stable temperatures and moisture is all it takes for mold to grow and spread throughout your attic and eventually into living spaces below.
Homes without proper attic ventilation offer an ideal environment for mold. Moisture from cooking, showers, and cleaning in living spaces below can rise up in the attic and condensate on surfaces. Without air circulation, moisture can build up. This moisture is the ideal breeding ground for mold. Mold can grow on nearly every type of surface including the plywood sheathing that supports your roof.
IS MOLD DANGEROUS?
Not all attic mold is harmful but there are harmful mold species that can grow in your attic. If you have occupants with a compromised immune system, suffering from allergies, or asthma even typically harmless mold can lead to significant health issues if left unaddressed.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
If you notice dark stains on wood surfaces in your attic, it is likely mold. Do not tamper with the mold. As mentioned there are thousands of mold varieties. You are unable to visually discern harmless mold from more dangerous species. So it is best to call a specialist like Attic Air in to conduct a comprehensive mold inspection.
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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