The idea of mold forming in your home can be a scary thought. Mold is extremely toxic to your health and not something you want around you or your family. It can cause a myriad of health issues, including allergies and asthma. Many times, homeowners aren’t even aware they have a mold problem.
Mold likes to live in damp places, and attics can be very damp. Attic mold can destroy insulation, items stored in the attic, and can affect your health. Understanding what causes mold to grow can help you prevent it from forming in the first place. Here are so of the most common reasons mold may grow in your home.
Large roof leaks can be devastating to homes, but small roof leaks can be just as devastating. They can go undetected in your attic, so you may not find it until it’s too late. Small leaks in your attic can promote attic mold growth and ruin the items you have stored there.
If you find mold in your attic and are unsure how it got there, you should check for any cracks in the roof. If the mold in your attic is extensive, you may require an attic cleaning by a trained specialist.
Damaged or Missing Insulation
Insulation in the attic helps keep our homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If insulation is damaged, missing, or not installed properly, moisture can seep in and cause mold growth.
You may not see the mold growth in the attic if its deep down in the insulation, but one telltale sign that there might be mold in your insulation is a musty smell. An Attic Projects technician can inspect your insulation and determine how to best remedy the mold situation in your attic.
Attic ventilation can also cause mold. Inspect your vents to be sure that they are free of insulation, pests, and other debris. You never want to seal vents or install insulation to the underside of the roof because this can promote mold in the attic.
Another source of mold with regard to attic ventilation is dryer vents, plumbing vents, and kitchen and bathroom fans being vented into the attic. Mold loves warm, moist air. Nothing should be vented into your attic. If you find that air is being vented into your attic, call an Attic Projects’ professional right away to help re-route those vents so you can prevent the growth of mold. These specialists will also make sure that mold hasn’t already grown due to air being vented into the attic.
Ice and Snow
Ice and snow that gets built up inside your gutters can back up into your attic and create a mold problem. Regularly cleaning your gutters can help ensure that they are draining properly. If you live in an area that gets a significant amount of snow, it’s best to check your attic several times in the winter to ensure it is water and mold-free.
Attic Cleaning to Remove Mold Growth
Mold clean-up is something that should be left to the professionals. If you find that you have mold, call an Attic Projects technician to help with attic cleaning. State-of-the-art equipment is used to safely remove the mold so you and your family can live worry-free. Technicians wear special gear to ensure they do not inhale any of the toxic molds. Plus, they can then remedy the areas where water or moisture entered your attic, preventing it from happening again.
If you think you may have mold in your attic contact Attic Projects today!