The Attic is a common place where the growth of mold within a home is ideal. In most scenarios this area of the home is hardly used as compared to other areas (if used at all the Attic is usually used as a storage facility by most homeowners). This scenario creates the issue where abnormal levels of mold growth goes unnoticed for a significant amount of time. Most times a homeowner is unaware of the growing mold issue until it’s time to remove the Christmas ornaments, the stored away summer clothes, or an inspection of the property that is being placed on the market for sale.
Attic mold and leaking roof
A leaking roof can be attributed to causes of abnormal mold growth within a home. With the introduction of water within the attic porous and cellulose building items such as wooden beams, plywood sheathing, and items stored such as paper documents are susceptible to mold growth. These scenarios create an ideal atmosphere for growth and expansion of attic mold spores, if left unchecked or unnoticed for a significant amount of time abnormal levels of mold growth will occur.
Improper or insufficient ventilation
Even without a leaking roof improper ventilation of an attic may lead to abnormal mold growth in areas that experience changing climates. By being cold in winter months the buildup of moisture occurs which is then followed by the warmth of summer months. These occurrences if not monitored as well as a lack of ventilation will encourage the growth of mold within the property’s attic. It is advised that a fan within the attic as well as ridge vents be utilized to ensure that moisture is not consistently being trapped within this part of the home’s envelope. Attic baffles are also recommended where soffits vents are available. This prevents insulation from blocking airflow within the Attic. Being aware and consistently monitoring this part of the home is essential to prevent these ideal situations from occurring.
Improper or insufficient insulation
Insulation is used to ensure that the occupants of the home are benefiting from the advantages of placing this building material within the home. In changing climates insulation ensures that the home is kept warm within the winter and cool within the summer. This building material is ideal in reducing the expenses associated with the heating and cooling of the home, unfortunately this scenario can be detrimental if underutilized or installed improperly. If underutilized the attic is not being sufficiently cooled within warmer months and will be colder in winter months (may result in excessive moisture to this part of the home as well as an increased utility bill). If installed improperly by blocking soffit vents within the attic this scenario may cause improper ventilation to occur.
Improper venting of exhaust fans
A common practice that increases the likelihood of mold in the attic has been to vent the bathroom fan exhaust within the attic. This is ironic as one of the purposes of the bathroom fan is to remove excess moisture and humidity to prevent abnormal mold activity within the bathroom. If this in turn is then being vented to the attic (as opposed to the exterior of the home) It is essential that this method is corrected. If not, this will continue to introduce excess humidity and moisture into the attic therefore increasing the potential of abnormal mold activity.
Eradicator and its employees take pride in taking the necessary steps to remove abnormal levels of attic mold within a client’s property. As an area within the home the attic is susceptible to abnormal mold growth especially in areas that experience changing weather (cold in the winter and hot in the summer months). With all these scenario’s the presence of moisture and/or water may lead to abnormal levels of mold activity once cellulose building materials and other porous items that are stored within attic has become absorbed. If this is not fixed quickly then the scenario created can lead to devastating results. If you are aware of issues mentioned that may compromise your property’s structure then immediately investigate as well as contact Eradicator’s personnel to determine if our services are right for your scenario. Eradicator’s mold inspector will review your property, determine if mold testing is necessary, and provide a list of mold removal protocols we will utilize to effectively remove the affected materials and return your home to a normal level of fungal activity.