Causes of Mold in Your Attic
Do You Have Mold in Your Attic?
Mold and mildew in the attic are big problems, as it can damage both the inside and the outside of your home, depending on where it’s located. Although your first instinct might be to clean it up, it’s important to find the cause and take care of your water problem. Before you clean it up yourself or call your local attic cleaners, you need to figure out the source of the problem. You won’t have mold or mildew without having a water problem, but for mold to grow, it needs warmth and a supply of food.
Here are three main reasons water gets into your attic.
Roof leaks can be deceiving. Sometimes, where the water comes into the house isn’t the same spot that water leaks into the roofing system. If you simply clean up the mold, it will return unless you fix the roof. You’ll want to have a professional roofer check out all the places water can get into the attic and make repairs. The call your attic cleaners to remediate the mold and mildew.
Ventilation actually helps your attic keep your home cool and hot. It sounds counterintuitive, but air can get trapped in the attic without ventilation. If you have inadvertently covered the vents with insulation or blocked them with boxes, the humid air from showering or cooking won’t be able to escape. This leads to mold problems in your attic. Sometimes, it isn’t about having more insulation, but about making sure the air trapped in the attic can get out.
Exhaust Fans and Vents
Your dryer, kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans should pump moisture out of your home, but sometimes, they can be a source of condensation in the attic. This leads to attic mildew or mold growth. You need to make sure that your fans terminate outside the home. plumbing stacks can also cause condensation in the attic. You’ll probably want to hire a handyman to route the vents outside after your professional cleaners get the mold taken care of.
If You Find Mold or Mildew in Your Attic
Don’t panic. Yes, mold is a problem, but professional attic cleaners can remediate your attic and clean up the mold permanently. The longer you let a problem go, the more difficult it will be to get to cleaned up and the more damage it can cause. Mold and mildew remediation isn’t always a simple job.
Do You Need Professional Attic Cleaners?
Contact a Bay Area attic restoration company to ensure your mold or mildew doesn’t come and is treated effectively to prevent further damage. Your home is your biggest investment. Keep it safe and sound. Element Home Solutions can help you define and fix the problem in your attic. Contact us for a free quote on services today. 888-980-4822