Is There Mold In My Attic?

Insight into knowing the how, what, and why mold growth happens in attics.

The attic. It’s the age old place for every scary movie- the cobwebs, piles of boxes, the creaking floors, and the mold…. WAIT. Mold? Ok, mold maybe not be creepy scary, but it is a little worrisome when you come across it in your home’s attic.

This article contains some helpful insight to take away that scary mold.

How does mold grow in the attic?

Let us get to the bare bones of mold. Mold is a fungus that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold in fact, loves about the same temperature as we do, 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold spores can survive in any environmental conditions, which can make it a nuisance to get rid of.

Mold finds it way into your attic from a couple different ways. One of the ways is venting directly into the attic. Many bathrooms are equipped with vents that take the warm, wet air released when a shower is running and remove it from the bathroom. Unfortunately, sometimes a misguided builder will simply install the vent fan such that the air is pushed into the attic where it has nowhere to escape. If you have an older home that is equipped with one or multiple of these types of exhaust fans, it’s probably worth you taking a look in the attic space to make sure it’s vented properly.

Another way mold can find it’s way into the attic is through air conditioning units. In some areas of the country, HVAC companies will install air conditioning units in attics. These units produce condensation that must be vented and drained properly or else it can allow moisture to find its way into your attic. Quite a few manufacturers recommend you inspect your AC unit before you turn it on for the summer as well as at the end of the hot months to make sure it’s running properly and so that you discover any potential moisture problems before they get too bad.

The last common way for moisture to seep into the attic is through a leaky roof. By far the biggest culprit we find when inspecting an attic with black mold is a leaky roof. Just one damaged or misplaced tile can allow rainwater to slowly seep into your attic. While most people picture a surge of water coming through their ceiling, more often than not a roof leak will just allow a slow amount of rain water to enter the attic, usually soaking the roof deck and eventually dripping down onto the attic floor and/or your exterior walls. We always recommend that you (safely) inspect your roof’s exterior each spring. It’s also a good idea to just crawl up into your attic and peer at the interior decking of the roof.

What kind of mold grows in the attic?

There are a few different kinds of mold you could possibly find in your attic. Here are a few of the more common types of attic mold you may encounter: pink molds, white molds, blue-green mold, and the dreaded black molds.

How do I get rid of the mold?

Now we have identified what kind of mold grows in the attic, now the lingering question of how we get rid of this mold must be answered.

The first step is to Dry it Out! It bears repeating time and again that moisture equals mold. If you have a mold problem in your attic, the best first step is to dry out the offending space. The second step is to Clear the Air! Mold spores travel through the air before coming to rest on a surface suitable for growth. Installing a high-quality air purifier can help reduce the amount of mold spores that are able to drift around in the air of your home. To get rid of the actual mold, there are a lot of antimicrobial remedies you can use to remove the mold. Tip- Use only all natural antimicrobial cleaning agents to clean the affected areas. There are various different solutions to get rid of mold including, tea tree oil, vinegar, dry ice blasting, power sanding, and even alcohol!

Always make sure to call PureDry if you have any questions regarding mold and water damage! We are always here 24/7! You will always get expert advice if you ever find yourself in a mold situation! Call us today!