Finding Mold In Your Attic?
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so when you find that you have mold growing in your attic it can be a little bit alarming. You trusted your roof to protect you and your family from all sorts of environmental dangers, and maybe you never expected to find out that your roof has let moisture in and in the end – created mold. Rest assured that most of the mold you find in your attic is harmless, and can be fixed pretty easily.
Most people do not visit their attic more than once or twice a year, but if you or your family are getting sick randomly or you happen to get sick after that once or twice yearly visit to your attic, this could be a dangerous sign that toxic mold is unfortunately present in your attic space. Check your attic’s drywall and wood areas to check for signs of mold. Mold will appear white, green, brown, or black in color and will usually look like a stain or discoloration. The size of the discoloration or stain varies, though. It can be a large spot or several smaller spots, so make sure you take a flash light and check carefully.
There are several different kinds of mold, however, so if you find some mold and you or your family members are not getting sick and you find some in your attic there should not be too much of a reason to be concerned. With that being said, there are also some types of mold that are harmful to your health – from a little bit to severe. Allergenic molds can irritate sinuses and respiratory system if inhaled in larger amounts, pathogenic molds can be a threat to people with autoimmune disorders or compromised immune systems, and mycotoxic molds can be a danger to everyone in the family and can even cause death.
Size matters when it comes to mold, too. Smaller spots of mold growth are far less harmful to you and your family than an area that is covered in mold that is feet wide by feet high. Since air travels in an upward direction, it is far less dangerous to have mold in your attic than in your home itself. This does not mean that the toxins in mold will only stay in your attic, though. Left untreated, mold can spread and do more damage than just in your attic alone.
If you happen to find mold and your family and you are getting sick, you should contact a professional to deal with it. They will let you know what kind of mold is present in your attic. If you want to prevent your attic from future mold growth, there are also steps you can take. Make sure that your attic is well ventilated, and always free of being damp or moist – since mold thrives in damp areas. You can also perform self roof inspections more frequently to make sure that there are no leaks or holes in your roof to let the moisture in that creates mold. If you happen to find a hole or leak in your roof, repairing that area promptly will help keep mold at bay or completely away.
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