Attic Mold Removal
Molds can grow just about anywhere in your home. Molds have some favorite places to start their colony. One of these is the attic. Attic mold is as common as moldy bread. In some unfortunate cases, toxic black mold grows in an attended attic. It could be because the attic is not visited as often as other rooms in the house. Cleaning the attic may also not be on top of the priority list for regular house cleaning.
Several factors cause mold to grow in the attic. Identifying the cause help determine how best to prevent the recurrence of mold growth after mold removal has been done. The usual cause is a problematic ventilation system.
Let’s enumerate what brings about attic mold infestations.
- A badly ventilated attic that houses a furnace or a water heater traps a lot of heat. The water droplets from the warm air condense on cool surfaces in the attic. Mold then grows on these moist surfaces. This can go unnoticed for a long time.
- Inadequate ventilation of the attic causes condensation on surfaces. Changes in weather conditions and seasons cause moisture to build up in the attic. Water particles in the air cannot dry up completely and they condense on surfaces with lower temperatures. Even if you have installed ventilation for the attic, if it is not enough to dry out the air, moisture will still get trapped and cause mold growth. It is recommended that enough vents and fans be installed in the attic to keep humidity levels low.
- Installing exhaust fans or sticking vents into the attic is not enough to rid it of moisture, though. Proper placing of fans and vents is key to drying the attic air. Improper placing of vents cause dead air pockets to collect in some areas of the attic. This allows the moisture to condense on the roof decking. Mold spores in the air land on these surfaces and start growing. Before you know it, you attic has become home to mold colonies. At this point, leave mold removal to expert mold remediators.
- Attic ventilation should be designed in such a way that air goes in and out allowing moisture ridden air to escape and letting fresh air in. Remember that he ventilation design varies on roof shape.
- Incorrect ventilation setup in the attic is not the only cause of trapped moisture. Sometimes vents for the kitchen and bathroom discharge up into the attic. The warm air from these areas in the house normally carries moisture. Warm air rises and gets trapped in the attic creating an ideal place for mold growth.
- If the attic floor is missing or lacking insulation, warm air from the house can flow into the attic or cause heat to transfer to the attic. The warm air condenses on the colder roof or attic surfaces creating an environment for mold to grow. Mold removal experts who are also professionals when it comes to moisture and water damage can help rid you attic of mold.
- Heating system ducts that lack insulation waste energy, as these let the heating system perform harder than it should. Aside from wasteful energy consumption, the lack of insulation also raises the amount of heat that passes through and likewise increases the condensation on attic surfaces. This fosters mold colony survival in the attic.
Some homeowners feel that having vents and fans in the attic is enough to remove the moisture in the air. Unfortunately, how these ventilation systems are designed and installed can affect the flow of air in the whole house. The roof design, as well as that of the whole house, contributes to the route of the airflow. This should be considered when installing vents or fans in the attic. Improper installation of exhaust fans for instance causes outside air to flow in carrying more mold spores and debris.
Correct problematic vent design right away to avoid creating a mold habitat in your attic. Even though the attic may be the least visited area of your house, mold growing in it can still harm you and your family. Hire experts in mold inspection and mold removal to keep your home mold-free and healthy.