As we walk through our basement a a bunch of times a day/week, we can use our senses to follow any trail of potential MOLD issues. We can hear/see a WATER leak. We can notice MOISTURE / CONDENSATION on the wall, or we (sadly) have walked into a FLOODED basement. Hardly a Pittsburgher alive hasn't been a witness to these issues. However, have you ever thought about your ATTIC ? YES! mold can surely be an issue there too.
ATTICS...how often do you walk through there? Of course one doesn't need Mr Rogers to help us with that question. However, we usually only go into our attics less than a half dozen times a year, and can you imagine what can happen over the course of a years time, right?
ATTIC MOLD causes: the obvious is WATER entering via a ROOF LEAK, but improperly installed roofing vents, or even frayed caulking around the vents can lead to MOISTURE getting into your attic, and you can bet a Yuengling that mold will soon follow. INADEQUATE ROOF VENTILATION: cross air ventilation needs to be one square foot per every 300 sq ft. A fair amount of newer constructed homes are built way to tight with all the energy efficient protocols being introduced. Your energy bills will be lower, yes, but that savings is moot if your home's attic is covered in mold from lack of proper ventilation.
One cause that amazes us when we inspect a home for potential MOLD in the ATTIC, is the bathroom vent to nowhere. All to often, people have remodeled bathrooms (which wives love), but so many contractors cut cost, and leave all the vented MOISTURE from a long hot shower, vented into the attic. All ventilation needs to go outside. Whether a bathroom fan, or a dryer vent. Unless the cold Pittsburgh winters are unbearable for you, and you've decided to heat the house with indoor ventilation, please make sure these two items are put outside like Wednesday mornings garbage .
POOR INSULATION is another cause of ATTIC MOLD. Recommended R-value insulation should be properly installed throughout the entire ATTIC joists, but not so much that one covers up the soffit panels. How many calls we've received for potential MOLD in the ATTIC is due to the eaves stuffed with insulation like an old cannon from the civil war. Like a fine wine, your ATTIC needs to breathe, so take caution as to where you put the piles of insulation.
We received a call for a mold inspection in Mt Lebanon which is near our office. As I inspected, everything the senses revealed seemed all the norm. Well, as I saw nothing on the northern side of the roof sheathing deck, I preceded to walk over the southern side, and low and behold, white spots covered the entire deck. That side of the roof had NO ventilation, and the previous owner of this house, remodeled the bathroom below, and left the exhaust fan pipe inside of the attic.
Have you ever witnessed thousands upon thousands of MOLD spores in a dark, damp, and poorly ventilated space? We here at STOP Restoration have, and have resolutions to rid any/all MOLD issues in your attic. In summation, Shore up any WATER leaks. Properly insulate, as well as make sure you have proper cross ventilation in your attic, and you'll be able to enjoy all the comforts of home for years to come. If you do have any concerns, don't hesitate to contact us for a free inspection.