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Attic Mold

Attic mold is more common in Michigan than many may think. Attics are non-living space, they rely on proper ventilation, they are very dusty environments with high levels of mold spores and other allergens carried in from the outside. However, all attic mold growth has a key ingredient: moisture. The moisture can be from something as simple as a roof leak or venting into the attic, but is typically due to excessive humidity .

The conditions for mold growth can occur in an attic when insulation or ventilation is deficient. The more sources of moisture or humidity you have in your home, the higher moisture levels will be in the indoor air. This excess humidity eventually migrates up and into your home's attic, increasing the odds for attic mold growth. Sources of moisture include humidifiers, cooking, showers, bathroom vents, vents terminated in the attic, kitchen vents, laundry vents and even water damaged basements. Controlling these moisture sources helps minimize the risk of future attic mold growth.

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Mold Conditions

Condition 1 (normal fungal ecology): an attic environment that may have settled spores, fungal fragments or traces of actual growth whose identity, location and quantity are reflective of a normal fungal ecology for a similar indoor environment.

Condition 2 (settled spores): an attic environment which is primarily contaminated with settled spores that were dispersed directly or indirectly from a Condition 3 area, and which may have traces of actual growth.

Condition 3 (actual growth): an attic environment contaminated with the presence of actual mold growth and associated spores. Actual attic mold growth includes growth that is active or dormant, visible or hidden.

Attic mold sometimes requires a deviation from the standard.

According to one Remediation Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation, attic mold should be physically removed during remediation. Attempts to kill, encapsulate, cover or inhibit attic mold instead of proper source removal, generally are not adequate. Since each home is different and thus every attic is different, mold remediation projects are unique. This requires experienced and professional judgment that may justify deviation from industry standards. It is the responsibility of attic mold

Why shouldn't I cover the mold with a paint or sealer?

Don't paint over attic mold! There are plenty of attic mold remediation companies that will spray paint or 'encapsulant' or 'anti-fungal coatings' over the contaminated attic framing, and say that is good. Anew is of the opinion that the framing should be left bare and able to breathe.

If thoroughly cleaned, there is no need to paint over attic mold because there should be nothing to hide from inspection. Hiding mold in such a way can affect the sale of your home and even the inspection of your attic. In addition, there are no products you can spray on top of mold that will prevent it from growing. Nothing! If not properly remediated, the attic mold will grow right through or on top of the white coating. If the mold has to be removed after it is covered by paint or sealer, this can cost 6-10 times the normal cost of having Anew provide the correct remediation.


Mold Risk Factors

Our immune systems overreact when mold spores are inhaled or touched causing sneezing, watery eyes, coughing and dermatitis.

Asthma symptoms and attacks can be triggered by molds. Symptoms may include wheezing, coughing, breathing difficulties and chest tightness.

Microbial volatile organic compounds and mycotoxins may exist resulting in odors and toxins being released into the air.

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How do I get rid of mold?

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back. Source:

Proper mold remediation requires a containment area to facilitate the careful removal and prevent the spreading of mold spores. Mold remediation is best performed by trained professionals that understand the required processes and procedures needed for proper mold removal and containment.

What you can do after the remediation

It's important to correct the conditions that allowed mold to grow in your attic in the first place, to prevent future mold growth. Preventing mold growth is easy; keep things dry. Since outside air flows into your attic, the only thing you as the home owner can control is the temperature and moisture. One reference standard for wood moisture makes this comment; 'when the moisture content of wood products exceeds 16%, it is more susceptible to mold growth'. So, the real trick to controlling mold growth is to keep materials well below 16% relative moisture content.

The average moisture content for interior wood components in Michigan is 7%. Average moisture content for exterior wood components is 12%, well below the 16% threshold. Under normal conditions, mold should not grow unless an additional moisture load is introduced from an outside source ( roof leak, dryer vent, bathroom exhaust fan(s), basement flooding, water damage, prolonged and extremely high humidity, etc.)

The conditions for mold growth can occur in an attic when insulation or ventilation is deficient, with ventilation being the primary contributor. As moisture enters the attic from the main living space, relative humidity can increase to a level where the attic roof decking achieves dew point, the temperature at which water will condensate out of the air. (The same happens when we take a cold drink out of the fridge in the summer, the water that develops on the outside of the can is from dew point.) The only way to prevent mold growth is to simply ventilate or exhaust this moist air out of the attic and reduce the moisture. Whenever possible, bathroom exhaust fans, kitchen exhaust fans and clothes dryers should not be vented into the attic.
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Mold and Mildew - What to do...

You find mold in an area of your home or business.

1. Call Anew Damage Restoration.

2. Due to mold cross contaminating so many areas and health risks involved, it may be required that an indoor air quality specialist be contacted for additional testing. This will help to protect you and your family. If a mold remediation company does not ask for testing, they are not following mold remediation standards and are putting your family and customers at risk.

3. Do not remove items from the area until after Assessment.

4. Call insurance provider and let them know what you found and see if you have coverage for mold remediation.

5. If you feel that the mold is affecting your health or that of others, visit a doctor and see what they may suggest.
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