Attic Mold and What to Do About Itby Alana Morein
Attics are notorious for moisture-ridden problems if they’re not insulated properly. In the summertime it’s a concern, but not nearly as bad as the wintertime. That’s because in the winter months we tend to run our heaters and hot air rises into our attics, which generally stays cold. When the hot air combines with the cold boards of the roof it creates moisture where attic mold can thrive.
And unfortunately your heater isn’t the only thing that can cause moisture-ridden mold. Bathroom fans that blow directly into our attics as well as showering can cause mold problems in our attics. Also beware of the nails used in shingles, which can cause even more problems with mold on the roof. And without the proper amounts of air ventilation those molds will just keep coming back.
So before you tackle that fungal mess, you need to go straight to the source of the problem and fix it. Once you’ve removed the moisture from up there you can then begin the clean up process.
Next you’ll need to identify the mold. Most molds found in attics are white, brown, green or black in color. The mold can be found on wood, drywall and even insulation. Look for areas where discoloration or stains have occurred. You may see small splotches or spots or you may find a powdery coating on the surface area.
Then, you need to eliminate the problem by removing any damaged areas that are covered in the fungus. This may include insulation any items you may have stored in the area. Once you’ve removed as much of the source as you can, you should invest in a good mold spray that will permanently remove the mold. Bleaching will not work because in most cases it cannot penetrate below surfaces where mold tends to hide.
If you’re unable to investigate the possibly affected area yourself, you can hire a mold remediation company. And if possible, look for one that has a ventilation expert in their company. Just remember, a roofing contractor is not the same as a remediation company.
If you’re pretty sure hiring someone is a waste of your time and you don’t have any mold in your home, maybe you should take a closer look at yourself and your family. Are you experiencing any unexplained illnesses such as a common cold or the flu that just doesn’t want to go away?
What about memory loss or a respiratory infection that you’ve written off as old age? Are you experiencing headaches that appear on a daily or weekly basis? Maybe you have cramps, aches or joint pains that you’ve just chalked it up as old age as well?
If so, you may very well be dealing with toxic mold which can cause not only severe health problems, but also bleeding of the lungs in people with weak immune systems and babies.
Of course most molds are harmless, but toxic black mold is a far more serious matter that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Please don’t ignore the problem. Even if you never use your attic, it doesn’t mean attic mold isn’t present and can’t harm you from way up there. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to removing mold from your home.