Mold in the Attic
Mold in the attic is a commonly over looked housing issue. There are many reasons why this occurs, but the main culprits are poor attic ventilation, improperly sealed penetrations for plumbing and heating ducting and of course a leaking roof. One of the ways to keep this from getting out of hand is to have your attic inspected periodically. This is where calling URFresh comes into play. Our staff always has a certified Mold Inspector for your attic mold issues. Let’s take a look at each one of the above mentioned problems and go over a solution.
Poor attic ventilation can trap moisture in the attic and can cause mold to grow on the underside of the roofing. Be sure to inspect you vents for any kind of debris such as a birds nest, loose insulation or an improperly fastened shingle. Another reason why mold is growing in your attic could be poorly sealed plumbing vents and heating ducting from the main living spaces in the house going up through the attic and roof. These have two points of entry: from the home into the attic and from the attic out the roof. A foam sealant works well for these intrusions. Finally we have the worst culprit and that is an actual leak. Attics can leak due to improper installation of roofing, rotted sheeting, ice dams from winter snow accumulation and much more. Calling a roofing contractor should be the first step to identify where the leak is coming from and the proper course of action. Once you are sure the leak is fixed then you can move on to cleaning the mold, which we will explain next.
When any of these events occur, you have a mold infestation and should have all of your attic insulation removed and the roof sheeting and trusses treated by a licensed mold remediation contractor. There are many products on the market used today to treat the mold and your Mold Contractor of choice should explain which chemical they will use to spray in your attic. As with all mold issues the FreshStart process is crucial as the final step in the mold remediation process to ensure your family can live in a healthy home.