Do You Have Mold in Your Attic? Here are 4 Ways it’s Damaging Your Home
Mold anywhere in your house is bad news, but mold in your attic can be particularly troubling. Not only are you less likely to notice mold in your attic, as people tend not to visit the attic space often, but it can become pricey to fix.
If you have mold in your attic, don’t hesitate to call CLEAR Restoration. Our experts can perform thorough mold remediation and abatement to ensure your home is safe. Our innovative mold removal techniques ensure there is no cross-contamination into other areas of your home. Restore your house with mold remediation services from CLEAR Restoration when you call 225-590-3310.
Insulation in Your Attic Can Become Moldy
Your attic probably has a good amount of insulation in it to keep cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter inside your house. When water gets into your attic, whether from a leaky roof or a pipe, mold can start to form in as little as 24 hours.
Mold will spread quickly in your attic, thanks to all that insulation. Insulation made out of natural materials such as cellulose insulation or mineral wool insulation will act as food for mold growth. In addition to insulation, mold in your attic will also use any dust or other material as food. If you store boxes, old toys, or holiday decorations in your attic, you might be encouraging a mold infestation.
Mold will slowly break down your insulation, causing higher energy bills. Mold remediation services will be necessary, and you’ll need to replace your insulation. Be sure to regularly check your attic for any signs of mold and if you smell a musty odor in your house, consider a mold inspection service to safely see if you have mold in your attic.
Attic Mold Results in Structural Damage
You may think you’re safe from attic mold if you have fiberglass insulation instead of natural material insulation. But you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Mold won’t stop at eating your insulation. Mold in your attic uses any substance it can as food to grow and spread, including the structural wood of your roof. If your attic is humid and has poor ventilation or there’s a leak in your attic, mold can very easily start growing on water-damaged wood.
When wood gets wet, mold starts growing, weakening the structural integrity of the wood and endangering you and your family. Mold in your attic can damage the wood on your roof line or in the attic’s floor slats, which can be dangerous for you to walk on. If you see visible mold in your attic or smell a musty odor, it is best to proceed with caution and call a mold remediation specialist like CLEAR Restoration.
Attic Mold Affects the Air Quality of Your Entire Home
Having mold in your attic may not seem like a big deal because it’s locked away up there, but mold spores spread easily. A light air current can move mold spores throughout your home. Attic mold spores can travel through your HVAC system or work their way through the degraded insulation or weakened structure to where you spend most of your time.
Breathing in mold spores can be irritating in the mildest of cases and dangerous in the worst. While most mold isn’t toxic, the toxins released by mold can cause:
- Skin irritations
- Fungal infections
- Sinus infection
- Upper respiratory infections
- Allergic reactions
- And more
If you are experiencing health problems and are concerned it could be linked to mold in your attic, call CLEAR Restoration at 225-590-3310. We’ll inspect your attic and remediate any mold we find to ensure you and your family are safe.
Attic Mold Will Spread in Your HVAC System
We mentioned that your HVAC system could spread mold spores, but mold can also infest your HVAC system. If you’re like many homeowners, your HVAC system is located in your attic. Having mold in your attic means mold spores will enter and infest your HVAC system.
Mold in your attic spreading through your HVAC system has many problems associated with it. For starters, the ductwork for your systems is a perfect environment for mold as its humid, warm, and has organic material for food, such as dust. So, mold will spread quickly in your ductwork. As mold grows in your ductwork, spores will be blown into every room in your house that has a register.
You’ll not only be breathing in mold spores constantly, but mold is likely to start spreading even more. If you have visible mold growth in your ductwork, you need mold remediation services immediately.
Call CLEAR Restoration if You Have Attic Mold
Don’t wait for attic mold to damage your home. Call CLEAR Restoration today and get professional mold remediation services to keep your family safe and your home sound. Call us at 225-590-3310 today.