Most Common Causes of Attic Mold

Attics are a key player in our homes; they're excellent places for storage, seasonal decorations, insulation, but unfortunately they are also havens for mold infestations. Mold requires certain conditions to develop, like high humidity and low ventilation. If you believe your home is humid and stuffy, chances are your attic is too, and you may need mold removal in Burlington from Inch By Inch Inspections in Burlington. If you're unsure, but want to put your mind at ease, contact our team for mold testing in Burlington. We'll uncover all sources of mold and undergo thorough and advanced mold remediation services.

To learn about common causes of mold in your attic and how to identify it, read on.

Mold Spores: How Do They Get In Our Home?

mold testing TorontoMold spores naturally circulate in our environment, seeking optimal conditions for growth. Mold spores will find themselves in our homes by attaching themselves to pets, clothes, shoes, or coming in through an open window. If your home provides the right environment for mold spores to settle and grow, such as humidity and inadequate ventilation, these pesky spores will settle, grow, and create infestations. As they circulate, mold spores are invisible, so without mold testing in Burlington from Inch By Inch, you won't know if they're in your attic until an outbreak becomes quite large.

Excessive Moisture and Water Sources

If your attic is particularly humid, then it's likely that mold spores have settled and infested the area. Excessive moisture in your attic may result from a burst pipe or a roof leak. Roof leaks are caused by numerous things, such as broken shingles, a cracked chimney, or even the age of your roof. A damaged roof makes it easy for water to enter your attic, leading to mold outbreaks. The next time you go into your attic, check for any possible leaks or water. If there's water present, contact Inch By Inch for a mold inspection, and if necessary, our team will conduct complete mold removal in Burlington. 

Low Ventilation

Low ventilation and minimal airflow is the chief cause of attic mold. Poor vent ducts, blocked soffits, or an insufficient passive ventilation system will make your attic stuffy and stale. Without ventilation, mold spores lingering in your attic have nowhere to go and will grow and thrive in your attic. Additionally, the high temperature of your attic during the day and the cool temperature throughout the night will result in condensation and moisture if your attic lacks adequate ventilation and airflow.

Cellulose and Insulation

In order to grow, mold needs food — and that's where cellulose and organic matter come in. Unfortunately, your attic is full of both. Wood, especially if it's damp from water damage, will quickly become a place for mold to feed off and grow, eventually causing structural damage. Also, insulation, especially if it gets wet, will result in mold growth. If your insulation has aged and degraded over time, it will let moisture in easier and make your attic more susceptible to mold outbreaks.

Choose Inch By Inch Inspections

While mold spores may linger in your home, it's imperative to have ventilation and low humidity to keep mold growth at bay. At Inch By Inch Inspections, our team will ensure that all mold is eliminated from your attic.

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