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Remove the Mold In your Attic

Published on December 21, 2017

Owning a home comes with many advantages, but one of the challenges you’re likely to face at some point is mold growth in your attic. When it comes to needing to remove mold in your attic it’s imperative to have a professional come and do it properly to ensure that it doesn’t return.

The trick with attics is that they’re both dark and out of the way - if you don’t have a reason to go into them, you are unlikely to notice if a leak has let in moisture or if condensation is forming on your roof sheathing. Adding the attic onto your yearly home maintenance list can help you catch any problems before they get out of hand - mold can begin to grow in 12-48 hours, making it important to remove mold in your attic before it spreads.

There are five typical reasons why mold grows in your attic:

  • Poor insulation allows heat to form in the attic, where it condenses on surfaces
  • Exhaust vents from the kitchen or bathroom are routed into the attic (more moisture)
  • Leaks in the roof or poorly installed shingles allow moisture in
  • Blocked soffit vents prevent fresh outside air from flowing into your attic
  • Not enough roof vents prevent the hot, humid air from escaping

Mold can appear in a variety of colours, shapes, and forms - some may look like a stain, others may be 3D and furry. Most molds will cause allergic reactions and, over time, damage to your home’s structure or anything stored in your attic, which is why it is important to remove mold in your attic as soon as you notice its growth. Common allergic reactions to mold include itchy, watery eyes, headaches, and sneezing. But if you have a chronic health condition or are vulnerable due to your age, mold can cause more serious affects.

While solving the underlying cause of the mold growth is important, having it safely and professionally removed is the only way to get rid of it for good. While the internet is great for some things, tips on how to remove mold in your attic yourself is not one of them - without safety gear, specialized tools and equipment, and experience, you risk spreading mold spores to other parts of your home and making yourself, or your family, seriously ill in the process. Mold can grow unseen behind drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, and inside heating and cooling vents - places the homeowner may never think to check.

At MoldTech, we ensure your safety (and ours!) by isolating the space in which the mold is growing; we use industrial air scrubbers and negative pressure to catch any airborne spores; material is bagged before it is disposed of safely; we use specialty treatments to kill any lingering mold spores in your home, and leave it sparkling clean.

Mold may be natural, but it is not something you have to live with in your attic - get in touch with us at MoldTech for more information on how to remove mold in your attic. 

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