DO YOU HAVE MOLD IN YOUR ATTIC?
Attic mold growth 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 the conditions are right. The right conditions for mold growth are simple. Stable temperatures and moisture. That’s it.
Homes without proper attic ventilation offer an ideal environment for mold growth. Moisture from living spaces below can condensate in the attic. Without air circulation, condensation can build up. This moisture is all that mold needs to grow and expand throughout your attic space. Mold can grow on nearly every type of surface, including plywood sheathing.
IS ATTIC MOLD DANGEROUS?
There are countless species of mold; not all mold is harmful. But it is impossible to identify toxic mold species from benign species by visual observation. 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. Learn more about mold from HGTV here>
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 discern harmless mold from more dangerous species visually. So it is best to call a specialist, like Attic Air, to conduct a comprehensive mold inspection and prepare a decontamination plan to mitigate the problem safely.
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, attic mold can be a show stopper and a possible lost sale. Most home inspectors will flag mold as a problem during the sales process.
The mold removal process includes eradicating the mold then treating affected surfaces to prevent future mold issues. Insulation may be contaminated by mold. Contaminated attic insulation should be removed professionally to ensure the mold spores are correctly contained and 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. Click here to learn more about attic ventilation>
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