Attic mold prevention starts with understanding how attic mold occurs. Attic mold is more common than you might think and can go unnoticed for years.
ATTIC MOLD STARTS WITH ATTIC MOISTURE
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 into the attic. Without ventilation, that moisture will build up on attic surfaces creating the perfect ecosystem for mold growth.
IS ATTIC 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. Learn more about mold from the CDC here>
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, you may have a mold problem.
DON’T IGNORE MOLD
Mold left unaddressed will spread. Over time, mold can transfer from your attic to the 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.
ATTIC MOLD PREVENTION WITH PROPER ATTIC VENTILATION
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. Learn more about attic ventilation here>
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