There are two key aspects to treating mold in the attic: the removal of it and the repair of the defect that led to the problem in the first place. There are a variety of common reasons mold may grow in attics and we’re here to provide you with some examples, as well as discussing how the professions tackle the growth.
Attic Mold Remediation
Dealing with mold requires proper protective equipment, including respirator masks. The process involves sealing the attic area off from the home and materials are placed in thick plastic bags before they are removed from the home, this is to prevent accidental spreading to the home.
The treatment starts with the actual removal of the mold. Professional technicians use a biocide, a scrub brush, and elbow grease to tackle the affected areas. Once this has been done the best way to prevent future growth from occurring is by using a mold-resistant paint.
It’s important to note that wood is porous so it isn’t always possible to remove every trace of mold from a wooden surface. If the mold can’t be totally removed the wood itself should be replaced where possible. If it is not possible to remove the wood then an encapsulation technique can be used. This will coat the wood using a special solution that will seal in the traces of mold and prevent it from further spreading. This is a critical job, and this is why it’s so important to call the professionals in to handle any mold remediation within your home.
Another material that mold cannot be removed from thoroughly is insulation, so if mold has infected it then it should be removed and replaced.
Repairing the Defects
Mold doesn’t just appear from nowhere, so if it is present and you go to the trouble of removing it, you also need to repair the defects that led to its growth. Otherwise, it will return. The common attic defects that result in mold growth include poor ventilation, leaks, and inadequate insulation.
The majority of homeowners understand that leaky roofs can result in mold development in the attic, however, they don’t realize how serious the problem is. Most mold strains grow quickly and spread rapidly, so while it may start in the attic, it can quickly spread throughout the home. It also damaged wood, which can result in structural damage to your property if you fail to address the issue.
Poor ventilation and insulation can also contribute to the problem, and an attic should be well-designed to ensure a home is properly insulated. In the winter, the home should be warm and the attic cool. If this isn’t the case then the insulation is insufficient or wasn’t installed properly. Mold thrives in warm areas; however, your attic isn’t supposed to be airtight. It requires proper ventilation do that moist air doesn’t get trapped.
You must also consider the health problems that mold can create, including respiratory issues, allergic reactions, sore throats, fatigue, migraines, and chronic sinus infections. If you have already been exposed to mold and you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should make an appointment with your doctor. Many homeowners don’t realize they have an issue with their ventilation or insulation until they find mold in the attic.
The best way to tackle any mold problem in your home is by calling the professionals so give us a call today to find out how we can help.