Bathrooms and basements get all the attention as prime locations for mold in the home, but there’s a big one that shouldn’t be overlooked – the attic. Here are a few frequently asked questions about mold in the attic and what you can do about it.
A: The biggest cause of mold in an attic is poor ventilation. Homes in colder climates are especially vulnerable because heat used to warm the home rises, meets the colder roof and creates condensation. The moisture drips onto insulation, ceilings, or anything stored in the attic and can begin growing mold quickly. Attics don’t get as much foot traffic as other parts of the home, so mold can grow undetected for long periods of time.
Q: How can I check the ventilation in my attic?
A: Wait for a sunny day, then turn off all the lights in the attic and look for areas of light coming in along the edges of the eaves. It may seem like a good idea to keep your home tightly sealed against warm or cool air loss, but it needs to “breathe” to let moisture out.
Q: What should I do if I discover attic mold?
A: It’s important to learn why mold is growing; if you don’t take care of the problem it will only come back. Check for leaks in the roof, excess condensation or a lack of ventilation. If you find the mold before it has a chance to spread, you can clean it yourself. Wear a respirator or face mask rated for mold and wear protective clothing. Remove mold covered materials such as drywall, plywood, or textiles. Disinfect the entire area with products specifically designed to remove mold. Larger infestations will require professional treatment.
If you find mold in your home or business in the Washington, DC area, call the highly trained experts at ServiceMaster NCR. We use the most advanced technology available including InstaScope testing and Trifect mold removal to uncover all hidden mold and eliminate it completely. These methods are effective for finding and removing mold with no drywall removal needed, reducing cleanup costs by approximately 50%.
Mold remediation costs vary, depending on the extent of the damage. According to HomeAdvisor.com, the national average is $2,161.00.