Just say the word “mold” and homeowners will shutter. When it comes to the growth and spread of mold we know it is a serious concern for homeowners all over the country. Mold is often a symptom of water-related damages that has been happening for some time. This is why identifying the source and getting it fixed, is a must. If not, you can be making your home’s structural health be in jeopardy.
Older homes and many commercial properties can be particularly susceptible to this type of damage. You should know that the only way to prevent mold in your attic is to learn about the specific conditions that encourage the widespread growth of mold and how to see early warning signs.
What Causes Mold to Grow?
Mold loves slightly damp and humid conditions. It spreads quickly by releasing tiny spores into the environment.
These spores love to grow in poorly ventilated areas of your home like the basement, attic, and crawl space. These areas tend to have excess moisture. They also are often built with wood or drywall which can absorb moisture.
Mold growth is easy to spot. It will look like black, brown, dark-green or gray blotches and it will often have a musty smell.
Why Mold is Dangerous
Mold can easily spread extremely when allowed to live in a favorable habitat. So you’re attic could be overrun in a short amount of time if you don’t check it. This is the type of fungus that can cause decay which deteriorates wood. When this happens, the strength of the wood is impaired. If dry rot then becomes widespread you’ll be tasked with paying for many repairs.
Mold allergies and asthma can also be triggered if it is growing in your home. Even a small outbreak can reduce the indoor air quality of your home. That’s why it’s smart to catch mold in the early stages of its growth.
How to Prevent Mold in Your Home
To prevent the spread of mold, according to the CDC, it’s best to follow these strategies to control moisture levels in your home and avoid mold from developing in the first place:
- Maintain your home’s humidity level to between 30% and 60%
- Always replace missing, warped or broken shingles
- Clean humid rooms using bleach or a mold-killing product regularly
- Include mold inhibitors to your walls, window frames, and ceiling paints especially in bathrooms
Proactive roof maintenance is always the number one way to keep mold out of your attic. If you’re concerned about your roof’s condition or think that it looks like there could be potential issues that could develop, then take action.
Our team of roofing professionals is ready to help you stay mold-free! Make an appointment with one of our contractors today. We are ready to serve you!