Why There May Be Mold in Your Attic

Why There May Be Mold in Your Attic

  • Posted: Feb 03, 2016
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A lot of people call in to us at Mold Inspection Illinois, surprised that they have mold in their attic. So we’re here to  get a few things straight about why there may be mold in your attic and the signs that it’s there.

Many of our customers have neglected to check their attics for mold until they were experiencing mold exposure symptoms, smelling mold, or seeing spots on their ceiling. And at this point, mold remediation is going to be difficult and expensive.

There’s no reason why anyone should wait that long to check for mold in their attics, though. The truth is that mold loves attics and there’s a number of reasons for this.

First of all you have to consider how and why mold grows. Mold typically grows and thrives in places with low ventilation and high moisture. So how could this atmosphere be created in your attic?

Attics don’t usually have ventilation, which is the first problem. Because there’s no ventilation, when moisture enters the attic, it will get trapped there. This ultimately creates the perfect atmosphere for mold to grow.

The next aspect of this issue is how moisture can enter your attic. There are a couple of reasons this may happen.

One reason is if you have a leak in your roof. Unfortunately, if you don’t check your frequently, you won’t be aware right away if you have a leaky roof. In fact, you probably won’t realize until a rainy day hits and you start seeing wet marks on your ceiling.

Another cause of excessive moisture can be the dehumidifying fan in your bathroom. Check to see why your fan releases its moisture. if it releases it outside, then you’re safe.

However, a lot of times these fans release moisture directly into your attic. If this is the case, you probably already have mold there.

Furthermore, moisture can enter your attic simply through daily life and ordinary temperature and humidity changes. That’s why it’s important to make sure your attic is properly ventilated and no moisture is being released into it.

It’s also why you should simply be checking it frequently overall. Attics will always be a favorite spot for mold, so check your attic before mold takes over your home. And iff you think you have mold, schedule an inspection with us today.

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