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How often do you inspect your attic? Black mold in the attic is a common problem for homeowners, and it is the most overlooked area in the house. But, what causes it, and how can you fix it?
Attics are the perfect environment for black mold growth. It is dark and humid, and the wood provides it with an abundant food source. Now, will black mold cause damage to you and your home? Can you get sick from black mold?
Let’s delve into attic mold and what you can do to protect your family and home!
Signs of Black Mold in Your Attic
Since the attic is an area you don’t normally inspect, black mold is often found after it has caused extensive damage. These are the signs to look out for in your attic:
- Black or dark stains on the plywood
- Humid and mildew smell
- Frost buildup on the roofs sheathing
- Black or colored shapes and patterns
- Health issues, such as a sore throat, itchy skin, watery eyes, and congestion
While the health symptoms of black mold are similar to that of the common cold, it’s important to check your attic if they remain after 3 weeks. Having black mold in your attic can prevent you from selling your house and damage the materials it is living on in the attic, such as plywood.
Causes of Black Mold in the Attic
Mold, in general, is caused by moisture. An attic that is not well ventilated can cause black mold to grow. There are various causes to why there is moisture in the attic. These include:
- Roof damage can cause moisture to enter the attic.
- Gaps between the roof and the attic. The ceilings, walls, windows, light fixtures, and plumbing vents should be inspected.
- Inadequate insulation can cause moisture to enter the attic and condensation to form, making it the perfect breeding ground for black mold.
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How to Prevent or Fix Black Mold in Your Attic
One of the main causes of black mold in the attic is roof damage. When materials are joined together, gaps can develop, and moisture can enter the attic. The sheathing, joists, and rafters need to be checked regularly for damage and discoloration. The roof should be properly ventilated with various gable vents, ridge vents, soffits, and blown-in insulation with R-49 – R-60.
The best way to avoid black mold from thriving in your attic is to have your home inspected by roofing professionals. If you are in the New York area suspect you have black mold in your attic caused by poor insulation and roof leaks, contact the professionals at CNY Roof Cleaners!
We specialize in:
- Attic mold remediation
- Attic insulation
- Roof cleaning
- Ice dam removal and roof shoveling
Don’t let black mold in your attic cause health-related problems and more costly repairs to you and your family!