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Attics are more commonly utilized for storage than living space. Large families are more likely to transition their attic space into a bedroom or study than a family of four. The airy, damp environment of an attic does not make a suitable storage or living space. Most homeowners only desire to have an attic that is dry and warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There are also those who do not even twice about their attic space until it becomes problematic.
Attic Mold – Cause, Removal, And Remediation
Mold grows naturally in soil, on fallen trees, and on plants. Mold has tiny spores that break loose and spread to different parts of the forest. Mold is not dangerous but the toxins it produces can be very harmful to humans and animals.
Only one tiny mold spore can transition into a severe problem for homeowners. The attic is oftentimes overlooked, especially when it is not easily accessible. In other words, rarely accessed attics can become a breeding ground for mold overnight. The ideal environment for mold is warm, dark, and damp like most attics.
Mold removal is a dangerous process that poses health risks for every occupant of the home. Airborne mold spores inhaled into the respiratory tract can cause infection, asthma, bronchitis, and diseases in long-term cases.
Mold Removal CT hires certified mold removal technicians certified with the State of Connecticut.
Professional Mold Remediation Vs DIY Mold Removal Remediation
Mold remediation works the same way, regardless of who oversees the process. However, mold remediation has proven to be safer and more effective when done by a certified technician.
Mycologists advise against unskilled people removing mold in attics. While it may seem tempting, mold causes respiratory illnesses with long-term impacts. Our mold remediation team utilizes Personal Protective Equipment – gloves, full-face masks, masks with filters, and protective suits. PPE protects workers from exposure to dangerous black mold in attics.
Mold feeds on organic matter like drywall, wood, carpet, and cardboard. The first step of remediation is to safely remove all moldy items. The key to preventing the spread of mold is not allowing the spores to go airborne.
A HEPA vacuum is utilized to remove all spores to prevent future mold growth.
Installing roof fans is the best way to improve ventilation in an attic. Good ventilation allows the air to circulate throughout the entire space, including the hard-to-reach areas.
Roofing leaks, damaged gutters, skylights, vents, windows, and eaves must be repaired to prevent future mold growth. A dehumidifier may be needed when extra roof fans and vents are ineffective.
We recommend an attic inspection to determine the severity of the mold damage. Our mold inspection team is on standby to take your call.
Are you dealing with a mold problem at your home? If so, you should contact MCT at (203) 904-2772. Our company will be able to help you find a solution to the mold problem that you’re facing.
Most people are aware of the dangers of black mold. The problem is that determining whether or not mold is toxic can be very difficult. You may find that it is impossible. In other words, you cannot determine the toxicity of mold by looking at the color. And, you have to understand that there are more than 100,000 species of mold. They come in various sizes, colors, and so much more.
With that being said, you need to have the mold tested in a lab. We can help. Our company can help you determine whether or not the mold is toxic. We will carry out lab testing to determine how dangerous the mold is. If you’re experiencing this type of problem, you should contact MCT to begin remedying the problem as soon as possible.
You Need To Be Aggressive
If you leave the mold alone, you’re going to be taking a major risk. With that being said, you need to make sure that you deal with the mold as soon as possible. Unfortunately, mold is not a problem that is clearly visible. You’ll find out quickly that a lot of people live with mold without realizing it. It is estimated that roughly 90% of mold growing in attics will remain unnoticed and untreated. This is very problematic since it is going to spiral out of control and lead to more problems.
This is why you have to be aggressive about tackling mold problems. If you suspect that mold is growing in your home, you need to take steps to solve the problem immediately. If you’re able to identify the mold early, you will find that it is much easier to fix. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to the problem. You should contact MCT at (203) 904-2772. Our company has the solutions that you need and we’ll provide you with reasonable prices.
Ventilation Is A Major Problem
At the end of the day, you have to understand that mold is caused by numerous things. If you’re dealing with attic mold, there is a good chance that the problem is associated with poor ventilation. With this in mind, you need to tackle both problems. Otherwise, the mold will result again. The water vapor in your home will travel upward. If your attic is not properly ventilated, it will get stuck in the attic and this will increase the likelihood that mold is going to develop. It is pertinent to make sure that the air is not vented into the attic because this will crease various problems.
Another thing to note is that attic mold can develop in any condition. It can thrive throughout the year even if you live in an area with cold weather. Once the attic gets warmer, the risk of mold development is going to soar through the roof. With that being said, you need to make sure that your attic has proper ventilation. One of the best ways to solve this problem is by utilizing an electric ventilator.
Or, you can stick with a passive ventilator. Either way, we can help. Our home inspector will go above and beyond to make sure that your attic ventilation system is up to par. If it is not, we’ll take steps to solve this problem right away.
Checking For Mold In Your Attic
Ultimately, you will find that identifying mold in your attic doesn’t have to be difficult. You need to find out where to look. For instance, you should start by looking at the wood surfaces. If you notice any dark discoloration, there is a good chance that you’re dealing with a moisture problem. It could be mold too. If it is mold, you need to have it removed right away.
You’ll also want to look for rusty nails. Rusty nails are a sure sign that you’re dealing with a moisture problem. It could mean that you have a mold issue too. While you’re at it, you should look for frost buildup. If you notice frost on the underside of your roof sheathing, you need to call us. There is a good chance that mold is developed due to the moisture.
When you venture into the attic, you’ll want to take a glance at the insulation. Did you notice that the insulation is wet? If so, you’re dealing with a major moisture issue and you need to solve this problem immediately. Wet insulation will not be able to keep your home warm. Its effectiveness will decrease. Finally, you should use the smell test. Take a sniff of the attic and find out if it smells moldy. If it does, you’ll want to get in touch with us so we can fix this problem immediately.