The conditions in most attics — the warmer temperature and humidity — lead to them being one of the most conducive places for mold growth. Unfortunately, mold in the attic can go undetected for many years since it is usually a less frequented space in the home.
Even if you visit the attic, you may not see molds as they can sometimes be difficult to detect. There will, however, be signs that show that your attic has lots of mold growth. When you want to purchase a new home, you must check for molds to ensure that you do not buy a house with mold in the attic.
Do you suspect mold in your attic? The signs of mold growth include air leaks, pools of water, and black and white buildup.
Black or white buildup
Sometimes, you won’t see the growth of molds since they are hidden, but you will see black and white stains. Most of these stains will be on the ceiling or wall. These stains are a clear sign of mold growth.
If you notice rusty nails in any part of your attic, it means they are being affected by moisture. Although rust could just be a result of exposure to water, it could also indicate mold growth.
Pools of Water
If your attic has accumulated water, you need to check for mold. Molds thrive in a moist environment, and an enclosed space with pools of water is a conducive space for their growth.
There are several reasons why your attic accumulates water. Sometimes, water may drip from the bathroom fans, smoke detectors, or even light fixtures. The dripping water may look insignificant but can create a pool over time.
Plumbing or roof leaks can also lead to collected water in the attic. These two issues can even flood the space and introduce molds to most surfaces in the attic.
Functional vents ensure proper ventilation of the attic. They allow moisture to escape, removing an important variable for mold growth.
Blocked vents do the opposite. The air that gets into the attic has no way to escape, so it condenses and increases the moisture in the room. This condensation makes it easy for mold to grow in areas where the moisture may touch.
Sometimes, vents may be functional but the ventilation is inadequate. A clear sign of a poorly ventilated attic is that it will be hot and stuffy.
The insulation in the attic regulates the temperature of the space. It reduces heat transfer between the rest of the living space and the attic.
When insulation fails, your attic accumulates a lot of moisture that encourages the growth of molds.
When warm air enters your attic, it condenses and increases moisture in the space. Attics should be properly enclosed to avoid air leaks.
Unfortunately, air can leak through several places. The cutouts for electrical fixtures can cause leaks. Your windows and doors can also encourage air leaks if they are damaged. If they are not sealed off properly, plumbing vents are also likely to cause air leaks.
Talk to the Professionals
When you visit your attic are you met with the ugly sight of molds? It’s time to get rid of them before they can cause more damage and health problems.
You will need a professional mold remediation service to rid your home of molds. When it comes to attic mold removal, RPM Home Services is your best bet.