Mold thrives wherever there’s moisture, so most people associate mold with basements and bathrooms. However, attics can easily become a place for mold to grow as well.
Mold in the attic, or in any other environment in your home, can be dangerous and lead to illness including intense cold and allergy symptoms, headache and even more serious pulmonary issues. Molds produce allergens and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. You don’t have to be allergic to mold to suffer from irritation to the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs.
Mold Is The Result Of Moisture In Your Attic
There are two main problems associated with the attic space that can lead to mold:
Roof leaks: One of the most common causes of mold in the attic is a leaking roof. To check for possible roof leaks, look for discoloration of insulation and wood including the rafters, sheathing, joists, fascia boards and the like. Roof valleys, or the area where two roofs join at an angle, are highly susceptible to roof leaks.
Check skylights, chimneys, any windows in the attic and any areas where dissimilar materials join one another such as flashings. These can be hotbeds for moisture collection.
While you’re up there, make sure there are no leaks around attic plumbing stacks or air conditioners. And if you have a vapor barrier, check for condensation.
Ventilation: Because air travels upward toward the attic, household activities such as cooking, bathing and showering will produce moisture that can make its way to the attic and become trapped.
Attic mold is often caused by the buildup of moisture that can not escape. One easy way to tell if you have excessive moisture in the attic is to look at the nails. If they are rusted, you’ve got moisture and likely a ventilation problem.
Removing Attic Mold
The main things to keep in mind when removing mold from your attic space is that the mold is there because of an unresolved moisture problem. The first step should be to locate the source of the issue and repair it accordingly to avoid future growth.
If the mold or associated moisture have begun to deteriorate roof decking or rafters, you may need to remove and replace the building material.
There are many methods to remove the mold if the underlying material doesn’t need to be replaced. All with varying benefits and associated costs. Typically, mold in the attic is representative of a larger problem and is beyond the scope of a DIY project.
It’s critical that you get the problem corrected and the mold cleaned, so we suggest you go ahead and call in the pros.
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Call Branch Environmental. We’re experts not only at mold removal, but at determining and remediating the underlying causes. From hidden mold sources to major contaminants, we can identify exactly what is going on in your home and rid it of environmental toxins, often for good.