Attic Mold Removal and Remediation
Anew understands the concerns with indoor air quality and the impact mold or even more dangerous black mold can cause. Untreated water issues can quickly lead to mold and mildew issues in hidden areas that are not visible and can be harmful and even life threatening if not treated properly. Our licensed consultants provide comprehensive services to investigate moisture intrusion, delineate the extent of the mold source and recommend prudent remediation measures.
Anew Damage Restoration can help eliminate this threat. Our IICRC certified experts will come to you with the experience, technology, and resources needed to identify where mold problems exist, to clean and restore the environment, and to take proactive measures preventing reoccurring mold growth– complete mold damage restoration.
If you suspect you have a mold issue, call the professionals at Anew Damage Restoration today and setup an on-site consultation where we can inspect your environment and provide you with a restoration estimate.
How do I get rid of attic 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: epa.gov
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 attic mold to grow in your attic in the first place, to prevent future attic 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 attic 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 attic 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.