If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t spend much time in your attic. Maybe you occasionally put something up there for storage or go up there in search of something you think you boxed up and put in the attic years ago. After all, most attics are dark, cold, and don’t have the best ventilation, so why be up there?
All of this means attics can be very comfortable places—not for people, but for mold. Mold in an attic can be a big problem, and can lead to structural deterioration of attic sheathing and roof structural elements. In this post, we’ll briefly talk about the possible health effects of a moldy attic and provide a few tips for preventing it from growing and spreading.
What Causes Mold in an Attic?
Most people think of mold in places like bathrooms, where there’s a lot of water. But an attic, while it might look like an empty space, has a lot going on. Attics can become a hotbed for mold due to:
• Poor ventilation
• Leaking roof or siding
• Insufficient insulation or poorly installed insulation
Warm, moist air from other parts of the house can potentially rise into the attic, where it mixes with the cooler attic air. In the cooler temperatures of a Portland winter, that moisture turns to condensation, which can easily lead to mold growth.
What Are Some Possible Health Effects of Attic Mold?
As the EPA states, “molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions.”
Like moldy conditions in other parts of a home, mold in your attic can lead to:
• Asthma attacks in people with asthma
• Bronchitis and sinusitis
• Respiratory problems like difficulty breathing and wheezing
• Nasal congestion
• Burning, itchy eyes and other eye irritations
• Skin rashes/skin irritation
• Headaches and fatigue
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Attic
When it comes to trying to prevent the growth or spread of mold in an attic, it comes down to good maintenance practices. If your roof is leaking, get it fixed right away. Make sure there is enough insulation. Properly vent items to the outdoors, not into the attic. Keep soffit vents clear and keep your gutters clean and in good condition (particularly important here in rainy Oregon).
We’re Here to Help
If you believe there is mold in your attic, call the mold remediation experts at All Surface Cleaning today. Even if you think there might be mold, it is worth the time to get it checked out. It doesn’t take long, is quite inexpensive, and can do a world of good for your family’s health. To learn more or to request your free estimate, contact us online or call us today at (503) 590-9274.