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Attic Mold Problems

Attics are highly susceptible to mold and are one of the most common areas of a home where mold growth occurs. They are usually dark, humid, and poorly ventilated, all of which create the ideal conditions for mold to thrive in. In this post, we'll show you how to spot mold growth in your attic. We'll also explain how to know when you need professional mold remediation services of Sunbird Carpet Cleaning Glen Cove to handle your attic mold problems.

How to Spot Mold Issues in Your Attic?

Want to be sure you're not sharing your attic with mold? The following points will help you figure out if you have a mold problem:

Damp or Wet Insulation

When your attic insulation becomes damp, it means your attic is susceptible to increased condensation. And excessive moisture is the number one cause of mold growth.

Discolored Surfaces

Those pesky, musty-smelling molds do not come without their colors. Depending on the type of mold and the surface they grow on, mold will always leave your affected attic surfaces discolored. From black to purple, yellow, and green, you can usually spot mold problems in your attic from the colors they leave on surfaces.

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Worn Roof Shingles

When you notice that the areas underneath your roof shingles are beginning to rot, mold might just be the culprit. As molds grow they digest whatever surface or material they are growing on, causing damage and wood decay.

The Smell of Mildew

Think of what an ancient novel or an unused library full of old books would smell like. That's precisely how mold will make your attic smell. Even when you cannot visibly identify mold, as soon as you notice a musty smell in your attic, it means you likely have a mold problem there. A call to an experienced mold remediation company like us is all you need to regain your peace.

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What Causes Attic Mold?

Moisture, just like a food source, is a vital factor for mold growth. These organisms thrive with high moisture levels because they need food and water to stay alive and grow.

  • Blocked ventilation. Ideally, the ventilation pathway in the attic begins from air coming in through the eave vents. Air then goes out through the ridge vent at the top of the attic after warming up from circulating the area. This system ensures that the attic is well-ventilated. However, vents can easily get blocked, and proper ventilation will no longer be possible. Consequently, warm air in the attic will no longer be able to escape. This warm air will remain in the attic and then condense at the slightest temperature drop, making the space damp and ideal for mold.
  • Water leaks. When leaks from faulty plumbing connections in your attic happen, you're simply sending out an open invitation to mold. Water droplets or wet wood (or other wet surfaces) in your attic will quickly lead to mold growth.
  • Roof leaks. When your roof isn't thoroughly water-tight, this makes your attic a cozy home for mold. When moisture from the outside lands on the wood in your attic, it can begin to rot and become a perfect food source for mold.

Got Mold? What Next?

When you have a mold problem, you should look for a professional mold remediation company as soon as possible! Prolonged mold exposure has been found to cause an increased risk of respiratory infections, asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. You and your family can also suffer severe inflammatory symptoms when you allow mold to spread to the rest of your home from the attic.

Also, trying various DIY mold removal methods at this point is definitely not the best thing to do. Mold releases spores that could easily spread to other areas of your home during improper removal attempts. The worst part? Those DIY removal methods DO NOT get rid of the mold spores. You'll only cause the spores to hitch a ride on your clothing or via your air ducts into your living space!

You should never ignore a mold problem. Once you confirm the presence of those black fungi, reach out to Sunbird Carpet Cleaning Glen Cove. We use state-of-the-art equipment to detect and eliminate mold for good. Our methods are efficient, eco-friendly, and safe. We will help rid your attic of mold so that you and your family can be safe and healthy.

How to Prevent Mold in Your Attic?

Add Ventilation

To prevent mold growth in your attic, fix or add ventilation up there. You can never overdo it. Always check your vents for blockages and fix them if any are found. You can also call us at 516-200-4298. We can help you properly ventilate your attic to prevent mold growth.

Timely Fix Leaks

As soon as you find any leaks in or close to your attic area, be quick to fix them. Leaks that are left unattended will eventually soak the wooden materials in your attic, thereby creating a conducive environment for mold growth.

Once you fix the leaks, you should contact a mold remediation company to help mold-proof your attic. You need to thoroughly dry all surfaces, eliminate potential dampness, and increase airflow around areas affected by the leak.

Control Moisture Levels

Always keep the humidity level in your attic and other parts of your home around 30% to 50%. Anything higher will undoubtedly invite mold to take sanctuary in your attic.

Visual Inspection of Mold Signs

Always inspect your attic for signs of mold growth. Sometimes you may not be able to detect mold until it has grown to a large infestation. At this point, it can quickly become an incredible feat to get rid of mold. And if you cannot see visible signs of mold but suspect its presence, reach out to experienced mold testing and inspection specialists like us whenever you need to inspect your attic for mold.

Now, you know the various conditions that can foster mold growth in your attic. Do not wait until you have to replace wood and shingles in your roof. Call Sunbird Carpet Cleaning Glen Cove at 516-200-4298. Our experienced mold remediation experts will be happy to give you an estimate and begin the remediation process immediately.

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