Attics and crawlspaces are one of the most common areas of the home where mold can easily grow until the food or water source is gone. Should you have a mold issue in your attic or crawlspace, don’t panic, you are not alone, and we can help! Mold thrives in unconditioned or damp areas and because most homeowners do not frequently visit their attic/crawlspace, mold can grow undetected for many months even years.
When’s the last time you were in your Attic or Crawlspace?
For many of our customers, they only learn of their mold issue in their attic or crawlspace right before they sell their home. A good home inspector will check every corner of the house for the buying party and will often call out mold issues in the attic shortly before a property is about to close.
Moisture in attics and crawlspaces can come from many sources, however that moisture combined with poor ventilation is the perfect storm for mold growth. In many cases moisture is introduced to the environment by way of a leaky roof which can happen very slowly, or in the case of a very aggressive storm, can overwhelm the roof in no time at all. In other instances, improper exhausting of bathroom fans can also introduce moisture into your attic or crawlspace area. Regardless of how the moisture is getting there, if it gets trapped in the attic and ventilation is poor, mold will grow.
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Our mold inspectors
Our mold inspectors are ready and willing to check out every corner of your attic and crawlspace to inspect and investigate the source of the problem and will check for additional water intrusion issues. When necessary air samples will be taken to see what spores are airborne and results from the laboratory are available roughly 2 to 3 workdays from the date of testing. If a water intrusion issue is present, that will need to be fixed first before remediation can occur. Eliminate the moisture first, then eliminate the mold. Once your attic has proper ventilation and excess moisture is no longer being introduced to the environment your attic and crawlspace should be healthy and additional mold growth is unlikely.
When is Mold a Problem?
There are many different scientific opinions regarding this question. The bottom line is that mold affects people differently. Individuals with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions are typically more sensitive to mold and may have problems with even low levels. Others may not be affected at all.
When is it a problem? When you have mold and don’t do anything about it.
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