Attic Mold Removal
Attics are the most frequent locations to experience mold growth in a home. This is because attics have higher temperatures and more moisture accumulation than any other room. In addition, the abundance of wood sheathing in the attic is attractive to mold. So when you have organic matter and moisture in one location, you can expect significant mold growth shortly after. The same goes for mold in your crawl space.
Do you have mold growing in your attic? Here are the common signs of attic mold growth:
· Mildewy odor
· Soaked or moist insulation
· Frost on the roof sheathing
· Leaky roof
· Hot and humid air
· Ceiling fans dripping water
· Black or dark brown stains on any wooden areas
You don’t need to be a mold expert to recognize the signs of its presence. For example, if it feels stuffy, musty, and hot in your attic despite the existing ventilation, then you likely have a mold problem. This can be confirmed if you see black or dark brown stains on the plywood or other organic material.
Why You May Experience Increased Mold Growth in Your Attic
Modern attics have innovative ventilation systems to help prevent heat and humidity from building inside them. However, if your ventilation system is clogged or malfunctioning in some way, it won’t allow outside airflow to pass through the attic. That is when you’ll start to see mold growth on the wood and smell mustiness in the air.
The typical attic ventilation problems include:
Few Vents Installed – Some older homes have fewer vents installed in the attic than what current local building codes would allow. The general rule of thumb is to have a one-square-foot vent per 100 square feet of space in your attic.
Blocked Soffit/Eave Vents – Insulation can often block airflow passing through soffit and eave vents. The blockage will cause warm, humid air to accumulate in the attic.
Depressurized Air – The worst scenario is when moldy attic air becomes depressurized because it can flow into the living room and bedrooms. Then you’ll have a severe health crisis on your hands.
Contact a ventilation maintenance and repair specialist if you experience any issues with your attic ventilation system.
How to Remove Attic Mold
Some homeowners may want to save money by attempting to remove their attic mold themselves. However, it is a risky job for an untrained person because mold has the potential to cause or inflame respiratory health conditions in people.
In addition, it is extremely risky and hazardous to make the necessary repairs to your attic, roof, or ventilation system without the proper experience. All it takes is one wrong move to fall and injure yourself, especially if you go through the floor joists in the attic. That is why you should never remove mold from your attic without the assistance of a professional.
Do-it-yourselfers are better off trying to eliminate minor mold issues in their basements and on their walls. But a professional should eliminate more serious mold situations, including mold growth in the attic. They have the proper tools, skills, chemicals, and experience to do the job right without risking anyone’s health.
Call a Professional Mold Removal Company
Orange Restoration is a professional mold removal company in San Diego. We can use mold-killing chemicals or abrasive blasting to eliminate mold from your residential or commercial property.
Our mold-killing chemicals are powerful cleaning agents formulated to destroy mold. After that, we can install robust anti-fungal sealers to stop mold growth from returning. As for the abrasive blasting, the technician will use sand, dry ice, or soda ash to blast away the moldy surface layer of the wood in the attic. If you have mold in your attic, call us today for removal services: (619) 376-6838