MOLD IN YOUR ATTIC? Attic mold is often the result of moisture that builds up in the attic. Moisture from living spaces below will rise to the attic. If the attic is not properly ventilated the moisture collects on attic surfaces creating an ideal environment for mold growth. Mold is commonly found in the environment including household dusts. Mold growth occurs when spores are exposed to moisture, fuel, and consistent temperatures. Even the smallest amount of organic material can fuel mold growth. Mold spores can impact indoor air quality and be particularly challenging for occupants with allergies, asthma, auto-immune diseases, or other health issues. Some species of mold can be hazardous to all occupants. There are thousands of known mold species. It is impossible to identify most mold species by the naked eye. Precise identification of mold is typically done by a certified laboratory.
MOLD SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE EXPERTS Many homeowners attempt to clean up attic mold using bleach or over the counter methods, only to discover mold regrowth. If your attic space is contaminated with mold, for safety and well being of occupants, we highly recommend you contact a certified mold mitigation specialist. We have listed a few of the best companies in the area below. Infested insulation and materials must be carefully removed in order to prevent cross contamination of other areas in the home. Technicians are protected by hazmat suits and respirators for protection. Once infested materials are removed, the attic should undergo comprehensive mold mitigation. Infested areas are scrubbed and cleaned. Typically fungicides and other chemicals are used to kill mold and prevent future mold colonization. Once completed, the attic can be re-insulated. Finally, proper attic ventilation (intake and exhaust venting) should be installed in order to minimize future moisture problems, and prevent mold re-growth.