Attic Mold Removal. Continue reading to find out more about attic mold, which could pose a health risk to you and your family, how to get rid of it, and—most importantly—how to deal with the cause of the mold growth so that it doesn’t come back.
What causes attic mold?
Causes of mold in the attic Water damage and excessive moisture cause mold, and this is no different in the attic. Most of the time, condensation occurs in your attic due to ventilation issues, which in turn cause leaks and moisture. This causes mildew, wood rot, and interior water damage. Over time, mold grows, and if left untreated, it becomes a big problem if not dealt with.
We do not recommend eliminating mold on your own, and we do advise calling professionals for any mold growth found to cover an area of 10 square feet or more, or in any situation in which you are unsure where else mold may have spread.
What causes attic mold, and how can it be removed?
Mold grows as a result of moisture, which is abundant in Toronto.
As a result, mold is both common and difficult to prevent in Ontario.
Some typical causes of mold in the attic include:
- Roof leaks
- Inadequate, missing, or damaged insulation
- Improper attic ventilation
- Unsealed openings in ceilings
- Improperly vented fans or appliances
- Improperly installed rain gutters
Attic mold removal
How do you get rid of mold in your attic? The best way to get rid of harmful mold is to hire a professional.
Attic mold removal is serious business. That’s why hiring a professional is recommended. It’s the best way to ensure you’ve not only removed all of the dangerous mold, but also identified what’s causing that mold and then fixed the issue.
You need to make your home and family environment PURE again. That’s where the attic mold removal experts at Instantly Restoration come in.
Our team will:
- Identify the problem.
- Physically remove the mold.
- Clean the area.
- Disinfect and treat the area.
- Address and fix the root of the problem, preventing future mold.
Common types of Mold in Attic
- Acremonium: Typically grows in humidifiers, cooling coils, drain pans & window sealants. Its appearance evolves and changes over time.
- Alternaria: The most common form of allergenic mold in the world. Typically grows wherever dampness occurs (showers, bathtubs & below leaking sinks).
- Aspergillosis: Commonly found in households. There are over 185 species, appearing in many different colours.
- Aureobasidium: An allergic mold. Can sometimes be found growing behind wallpaper or on painted or wooden surfaces.
- Chaetomium: Commonly found in water-damaged homes and buildings. It has a cotton-like texture and usually changes colours over time.
- Cladosporium: Can grow in both warm and cold conditions. Often found thriving in indoor materials such as fabrics, upholsteries, and carpets.
- Fusarium: Capable of growing and spreading in cold temperatures. An allergenic and toxigenic type of mold that grows in homes with water damage
- Mucor: Allergenic form of mold that usually grows in thick patches, near air conditions, HVAC systems and ducting due to moisture from condensation.
- Penicillin: Allergenic form of mold easily recognizable by its blue or green coloured surface with a velvety texture. Often found in water damaged buildings.
- Stachybotrys: Also known as “black mold.” Toxigenic type of mold that can cause allergic reactions. Thrives in damp, wet areas with high humidity levels.
- Trichoderma: Allergenic mold type generally white in colour with green patches. Commonly grows in the home on wet surfaces and moist areas.
- Localism: Thrives in wetness and water and is usually black in colour. Can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and around windows with high condensation
Attic Mold Removal – Safety Precautions
Both mold and some of the materials used to remove it from your home can be hazardous to your health.
Should you decide to tackle mold removal on your own, you should make sure you take all the required safety measures.
Among these safety measures are:
- First, put on safety goggles, gloves, and a respirator or mask to cover your mouth and nose (the minimal safety requirement is an N-95 mask).
- Dress in worn-out shoes and clothes that you can wash or throw away once the mold has been removed. Wearing a disposable bunny suit with a hood and booties integrated in is ideal.
- Making use of reusable cleaning brushes, cloths, and towels.
- While working on the attic mold removal, try to ventilate the room as much as you can by opening the doors, windows, and installing fans. The space should ideally be sealed off from the remainder of the building and have negative airflow and HEPA air scrubbing.