When you think about mold, your first thought is probably not that it grows well in the attic. However, moisture from an inefficient or leaky roof, coupled with a lack of ventilation, means that it can and does happen.
You might not even know that you have attic mold until it has grown so prevalent that you see spots on the ceiling when you’re up there. Alternatively, perhaps you go up into your attic often but have noticed some unpleasant smells or seen some discoloration on the floor boards.
Either way, if you suspect that you have attic mold, then your concerns are valid and action needs to be taken. Let’s take a look at what causes attic mold and what steps we recommend taking if you discover that you do have it in your home.
Mold is a type of fungi (an organism that does not produce its own food but gets energy from what is already present) that grows in places with excessive moisture or humidity. It commonly feeds off of cellulose, the substance that makes up most of the structure of homes.
Attic mold is one of the most dangerous types of indoor mold because it is so difficult to detect until it has permeated your entire home’s structure. This is because the attic is a dark and humid area that is far from frequent foot traffic, so it is easy for mold to grow there unnoticed.
If you do not take care of the mold in your attic, it can cause health problems such as allergies, irritation of the eyes, skin, and lungs, headaches, difficulty breathing, and a general feeling of unwellness.
In some cases, it can cause serious health conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. So, if you have mold in your attic, it’s essential to take steps to remove it.
Mold grows when the conditions are right for it to do so. It requires moisture, food, and air.
Usually, if these three things are controlled in a home, mold will not grow. But if there’s a problem with one or more of these three things, that’s when mold might take hold.
For example, if there’s a leak in your roof and water is running into the attic, that’s the first condition that needs to be met for mold to grow. But if there’s no way to get rid of that water or if the attic doesn’t have good ventilation, the water will sit there, providing food for the mold.
And with no air circulation, mold will grow quickly and can soon spread throughout the attic.
If you find that you have attic mold, you’ll need to get rid of it. The most obvious solution is hiring a professional mold removal company like us, ZeroMold. We use specialized equipment to get rid of the mold and sanitize your attic so that the problem does not return.
However, if you’d prefer to tackle the mold removal project yourself, here are a few things you can do:
There are natural ways to get rid of mold. This should be the best option for you if you have reservations about the use of chemicals. Start by cleaning your attic, bagging up anything to dry it out, and completely drying the attic using fans or dehumidifiers.
Next, combine a cup of water with white vinegar or tea tree oil. Then, put the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray it on the section of your attic that is occupied by mold.
You can also use one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water to remove heavy molds. Spray it on the moldy areas and let it sit for an hour to see the results. In the same manner, hydrogen peroxide can also be helpful for tough molds which is natural and safe to use.
If you have discovered that you have mold in your attic and are unsure of how to remove the mold, your best option is to hire ZeroMold. We are a professional mold removal company with the experience and equipment necessary to safely and thoroughly detect and remove the mold from your attic.
Family-owned and operated, ZeroMold provides a one-stop service for all of your mold removal and water damage cleanup needs. We have over 30 years of experience in the mold and water damage cleanup industry and use only the latest eco-friendly technology and techniques.
Being fully IICRC-certified with a 100% success rate, we take pride in providing our services in a friendly, reliable, and professional manner. We will not only clean up the mold but also disinfect the area where it was found and treat your roof to prevent mold growth in the future.
If you have discovered that you have mold in your attic, you must take action as soon as possible. Not only will a small amount of mold pose a health risk to your family members, but a large amount can be very dangerous, even leading to the loss of your house.
Contact ZeroMold today for any mold disaster. Call us anytime at (888) 928-6653 for a free evaluation and inspection, or email us at [email protected] for your questions.
Although most people think about mold only in relation to damp basements and damp crawl spaces, it can and does grow in the attic. The mold can spread throughout the home and affect everything, including not just your health but also the health of your home, which is why it is important to take care of it.
If you think you have mold in your attic, then it is essential to take action to remove it. The best way to do this is to have a professional like ZeroMold, who has been trained specifically in this area, and will come to your home and remove the mold for you.
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