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Tips to Prevent Attic Mold

6 Tips to Prevent Attic Mold | Attic mold is extremely common. Many homeowners never or hardly go into their attic. Therefore, if there are issues they may get worse. 

The first step in any mold remediation process is to determine what is causing the mold. Determining the source and fixing the source can help prevent more damage. Below we will discuss the causes of attic mold and how to prevent mold from growing.

Inspecting the Attic

Homeowners should check their attics more frequently for any issues. 

What to look for:

  • Black/dark staining on attic sheathing and/or insulation
  • White spots on attic sheathing
  • Water staining 
  • Frost and or/condensation

If you see any of the above in your attic contact a professional Mold Remediation company to come conduct their own inspection. 

tips to prevent attic mold

Determine the Source

The first step in any mold remediation process is to determine the source of the mold. The most common causes for attic mold are: 

  • Roof leaks
  • Poor ventilation
  • Insufficient insulation or poorly installed insulation
  • Improper or poor venting of bathroom & kitchen exhaust vents, and dryer vents

The causes of mold growth should be repaired before any remediation is conducted. If the sources of mold are NOT solved and mold remediation is performed the mold can come back. 

Roof Leaks

Inspect the insulation and wood for discoloration, as this may be a sign of water damage.

Areas prone to water intrusion are:

  • Where the two roofs join
  • Area around plumbing stacks or chimneys 
tips to prevent attic mold

Poor Ventilation

tips to prevent attic mold

The moisture levels in your attic can increase without adequate ventilation.

This is very important during the winter. Warm air rises to the ceiling, enters the attic, and condenses on the cold surfaces.

Without sufficient ventilation moisture can not escape.

Finally, make sure your vents or soffits are not blocked or covered by insulation. 

Insufficient Insulation

Attic insulation controls the temperature and moisture levels in the attic.

Have the attic floor adequately insulated to minimize the air transfer between the living area below and the attic space.

Contact an insulation installation contractor to determine if the insulation in your attic is sufficient. 

Improper Venting

tips to prevent attic mold

Dryer, kitchen, and bathroom vents should always be ducted outside of your home and not into the attic.

Otherwise, the moisture being released into the attic can cause mold growth. 

Attic Mold Remediation

Attic mold CAN be prevented. Make sure you check your attic regularly for any issues. If issues are found SOLVE those issues as soon as possible. If mold growth is present contact a professional Mold Remediation company to perform an inspection. 

Next, get estimates for the remediation and have a professional remediate the mold. 

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1 thought on “6 Tips to Prevent Attic Mold”

  1. Wow this is a great article on a very overlooked topic. Like you said most people don’t ever go into their attic space, but it’s very important to inspect for mold or moisture ever so often. Especially if you live in the southeast region of the U.S. like we do in Alabama.
    Specifically it’s great advice to ensure your roof/attic has proper ventilation. All too often we experience people who assume their attic space should be airtight while it really needs to be the opposite. Definitely will be sharing this article with my customer base!

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