Why Is There Mold in My Attic? Is It Dangerous?
Mold can appear in any part of your home, as long as there are suitable conditions for its growth.
Attics often provide the optimal conditions for mold growth, so these tend to be among the most common spaces where mold appears.
More often than not, attic mold grows uninhibited and undisturbed for years, as many homeowners rarely go up in their attic. That’s why regular mold inspection services and are an important part of taking care of your home, as this can uncover a problem before it causes severe damage.
What Causes Attic Mold?
If there’s mold in your attic, then there’s a moisture problem as well.
Moisture from leaky pipes or roof leaks leads to mold growth if the source of the moisture is left untreated.
Mold grows in warm or hot environments where there’s high humidity, which means poor ventilation is also a risk factor.
That’s why you need to make sure you ventilate your attic properly, especially in the winter months, when hot air rises through the vents and creates condensation in the attic.
Should You Ignore Mold in the Attic?
Many people think that attic mold isn’t dangerous, as it’s up there in a room where they don’t spend too much time.
Mold spores can’t travel against the flow of hot air rising in your home very easily (known as the Stack Effect), therefore they have a hard time making their way into the rest of the home on the floors below, and rarely show up in an air quality test in those rooms, except in the most extreme cases of attic mold.
So, should you ignore attic mold if it isn’t likely to affect the rest of your home?
The simple answer to that is no. Even if attic mold has a hard time spreading to other parts of the home, it can lead to the deterioration of attic sheathing and roof structures that is compounded by the moisture in the attic. If left untreated, this deterioration can lead to small roof leaks becoming more severe, and even lead to your roof collapsing.
If you don’t hire a professional for regular mold inspection services, you won’t find out that there is a small mold problem that can be fixed with a smaller mold removal job. That small problem will eventually become a bigger problem that will require a larger mold remediation job and roofing repairs that are more costly to complete.
Call the mold removal professionals at First Response immediately to perform a mold inspection and mold remediation. We will take proper measures to ensure that your indoor air quality is safe and optimal once again.
Dangers of Mold in the Attic
Even though attic mold doesn’t pose as great of a health risk as mold found in other parts of the home, mold exposure of any kind can cause serious health problems, especially after years of exposure.
According to the CDC, mold can lead to:
Mold exposure can lead to irritation in the eyes, nose and skin. Symptoms that come with mold exposure are often mistaken for allergies, like itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and skin rashes. Because people often think their symptoms are from allergies, they don’t consider that their symptoms could be caused by mold exposure and don’t see the need for a mold inspection. This is a big mistake as this kind of thinking leads to mold issues not being fixed before they get worse, causing worsening symptoms and more damage to their home.
As people exposed to mold in their home breathe in toxic spores, they may begin to experience respiratory issues. Respiratory symptoms caused by mold exposure include coughing and wheezing, shortness of breath, upper respiratory tract infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks and other respiratory problems.
Severe Health Issues
In the most severe, and long-term cases of mold exposure, people can begin to experience a weakened immune system, making them more susceptible to diseases and illnesses caused by bacterial and viral infections that can impact them much more severely and take longer to recover from than normal. The toxic effects of prolonged mold exposure can also lead to neurological damage and death. That’s why regular mold inspections and mold remediation is vital to protecting your health.
How to Remove Mold in Your Attic
Attic mold removal isn’t something you should do on your own. You could risk inhaling mold spores, as well as spreading them through your home by tracking spores into other parts of your home on your clothing or cleaning tools. Also, regular cleaning products you find under the kitchen sink can’t remove mold effectively. Using these products often leads to mold spores being released into the air and spreading through the home, as well as growing back in the place you tried to clean.
That’s why it’s best to contact the indoor air quality and mold removal professionals who can perform mold remediation properly.
First Response Cleaning is your go-to partner for expert mold remediation across Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. We have the right expertise, experience and specialized equipment for removing mold safely and effectively.
We can inspect your entire home for mold, as well as conduct thorough air quality testing to check for any other contaminants that should be remediated.
Our indoor air quality tests include checking for biological, chemical, and radiological pollutants. If we detect any, we will provide you with thorough air quality treatment services.
We hire experienced indoor air quality pros for our team – meticulous, highly-trained, certified, and experienced. You can rest assured knowing they’ll return your home to its natural, healthy state through expert mold remedation services.
Contact us today to schedule an inspection.