Mold in the Attics
While the only time you may enter your attic is to put away your holiday decorations, maintaining good indoor air quality in your attic is important for the overall health of your home, especially if your central air or heat system is located in the attic.
Wood, which is the dominant substrate in attics, is the perfect food source for mold. Add a moisture source, which can result from improper ventilation, over-insulating, roof leaks or exhaust fans venting directly in to attics and unhealthy mold can begin to grow.
You Have Mold in the Attics?
A common indication that there is a mold issue in your attic is seeing suspicious growth on the underside of your roof. The growth can colonize in colors such as: black, brown, green, yellow or white. It is important to remember that the only way to know exactly what is growing in the attic is to perform mold testing; this can not be concluded simply by the color of the growth. In fact, a common mold misconception is that just because it is black means it is unhealthy mold. We have seen many cases where the suspicious growth in the attic is merely a lumberyard fungus, not an allergenic mold. In this case, professional mold remediation would not be needed.
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