Mold in the Attic
Attics (like crawl spaces) are highly susceptible to mold growth because moisture can easily accumulate in these spaces. It’s not every day that we think to check the attic for moisture.
Attic mold is mostly caused by poor ventilation. A good tip to check your attic space for moisture is by looking at the nails; if there is excess moisture, chances are you’re the nails will start to rust. Eliminate or reduce the amount of moisture in your attic space by using the following helpful tips.
- Look for Roof Leaks – Check for discoloration at the joints where two types of material meet, or repair/replace deteriorating spots on the roof.
- Check for raised shingles – When shingles become brittle and dry, they are subject to nails pushing the shingles upward. High winds can also push old and damaged shingles upward.
- Beware of any gaps where moisture can enter – a few common culprits are skylights, duct work, plumbing and insulation (check for missing portions/sagging)
Although there is a plethora of other items to check for excess moisture, by keeping an eye out for these potential problems, you’re giving your self a head start against Attic Mold Prevention.
Do you have any questions about attic mold? Just ask - call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 253-896-3000.