Mold is one of the most inconvenient things a homeowner can experience. It can be more than inconvenient, even deadly in some cases. While Mold Remediation Technology and treatment products have come a long way in recent years, finding what caused the mold and correcting these issues can be difficult.
When treating mold, the threshold per the IICRC S520 is once we’re greater than 10SFof visible contamination, its recommended to have the mold professionally remediated. Luckily, we are here to take a deep dive and figure out the most common causes of attic mold and how you should deal with it.
Usually, most attics have a passive ventilation system in which air comes through the bottom vents, warms up, and escapes through the top ridge vents. The result is a nice, breezy airflow that keeps the attic well-ventilated and dry.
However, sometimes, the ventilation system has a hard time keeping up with the outside temperature. Not only that, but the vents tend to get blocked with insulation or debris. When that happens, the warm and humid air from your attic will stagnate and condense, causing mold and mildew.
Roof damage such as missing shingles or punctured flashing will most likely cause leaks during rain. The water will then infiltrate your roof and accumulate inside your attic and through the walls. Over time, the water becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew, allowing them to spread all throughout the house.
If you have damage to your roof or chimney flashing, you’ll want to contact a professional roofing company to repair the damage immediately.
The purpose of exhaust vents is to remove moisture from your home. As a result, you need to make sure that they don’t terminate inside your attic. Additionally, exhaust vents tend to break, allowing moisture to accumulate inside your home, including your attic. Without proper maintenance, the exhaust vents will become a primary source of condensation, which will ultimately cause mold inside your home.
Mold remediation includes mold testing, removal, demolition, sanitizing, containment, and mold cleaning, depending on the type and location. A professional restoration company that understands mold growth’s critical nature will offer remediation to get the mold levels in your home back to a harmless point rather than a false promise of complete mold removal.