Preventing Attic Mold This Winter Season
Published on January 15, 2020
Preventing the growth of mold in your attic will also lessen the need for attic mold removal and remediation. The fact is, winter weather can actually increase the likelihood of attic mold, and once the infiltration has taken hold, mold can pose a number of problems (that are often costly).
As it is, the attic is a very attractive environment for mold to grow. The conditions are just perfect – attics tend to be dark, warm, humid, and still. The problem is that mold can often be quite destructive, making it absolutely necessary for professional attic mold removal.
A well-maintained attic is the key to mold prevention
If your attic has signs of mold growth, there may already be damage occurring. In worst-case situations, there could be damage to the wooden structure of the attic, not to mention significant harm to the attic insulation. With attic mold (and the associated mold spores) it’s important to identify the source and scope of the infiltration, and then do something about it. The good news is that proper maintenance can prevent the growth and spread of mold.
Maximizing Attic Ventilation
Interestingly, older houses seldom suffered from attic mold. That’s because attics in those days were very drafty and the space was actually well ventilated. There was a constant air exchange between indoors and outdoors and therefore the humidity was at a low level.
Today, with different construction methods, attics and roof cavities have either too little ventilation or none at all. As such, homeowners must ensure that attic air vents provide the most continuous airflow possible. An attic ventilation upgrade may also be necessary.
Ensuring a Dry Attic Cavity
Keeping the attic and roof cavity dry from season to season is essential for preventing mold growth. For many homeowners, it means NOT allowing the kitchen and bathroom exhausts to vent into the attic – they should all be designed to vent outdoors, without any exception.
In addition to keeping the attic dry, it’s also important to prevent warm, humid air from rising up into the attic. Finally, it’s impetrative to check for signs of roof leakage, especially during the rainy season. Without proper repairs, roof leaks can be the start of problems.
Seasonal Attic Inspection
In any residential home, a professional attic inspection is a good idea from time to time. It’s a sure-fire way to identify mold growth, roof leakage, and even damaged insulation. Since the roof and attic work as a “system”, the inspection can determine overall performance.
In Toronto, and throughout the GTA, EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting can provide a professional attic inspection to identify problem areas – from a mold infiltration, to roof leaks, to underperforming insulation. As well, EcoComfort can recommend the remedy.
For attic services in Toronto, you can count on EcoComfort
Clearly, preventing household mold is the ideal scenario – but there are times when attic mold establishes itself and needs to be removed. In Toronto, the attic experts at EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting provide attic mold removal that is effective and long lasting.
Our technicians have the tools and expertise to do it right, eradicating the mold source and eliminating any conditions for the mold to regrow. Find out more by calling 416-333-4554 or filling out our online form to request a FREE price quote.