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by Susana · August 12, 2014

4 Reasons Why Mold Grows in the Attic

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Mold will usually be seen in the bathroom or basements, however mold can grow in attics as well. When mold exists in the attic the items that are store inside might have mold as well. Mold in the attic is sometimes unseen, because you might only visit your attic a few times during the year. There are several reasons that mold can exists in your space. When many homeowners put their house in the market or buyers are looking for homes, the house they are looking for might be flagged for mold. Today we will talk about the 4 main reasons that mold might grow in your attic.

  • Leaking Roof: When there is damage in the roof and water begins to leak into the floors it can be a serious problem. Water that is not dried when there is a leak causes mold to grow. Anything that is wet and stored in the attic and untouched will most likely have mold. Inspect your attic and roof.
  • Under Ventilated: When the attic is not cool enough the attic becomes the ideal environment for mold to grow. Make sure vents are free from insulation, there are no bird nests and debris is cleaned out. If the attic is under ventilated and under insulated the process of condensation exists in the attic.
  • Improperly Installed Condensation: Choosing the wrong insulation and improper installing insulation causes moisture to build up and get trapped in the attic. Which then an opportunity for mold to grow.
  • Vents, bathroom vents, plumbing vents leading into the attic: If these vents are leading into the attic, heat or moist can become trap when there is no place for the warm moisture to escape causing mold to grow. Hire a professional to properly re-route the vents to the outside.

Remember mold only needs moisture, food and warmth to survive. If there is a musty smell in the attic or if your family is having any symptoms like sinus infection of respiratory problems, there might be mold in your attic. Contact a professional so they they may assess if there is mold in your attic. If you have any questions regarding mold, Alliance Environmental Group Inc’s environmental division specializes in mold removal. Click here to learn more information on the services we provide.

 

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