Is There Mold in Your Attic?

Musty odors and blotchy stains on your attic’s wood or drywall are sure-tell signs of mold. Unfortunately for homeowners, mold can grow just about anywhere if moisture, oxygen, and cellulose (or other organic material) are present. Mold is usually caused by excess moisture and a lack of adequate ventilation. If you find mold in your attic, it’s important to contact a professional roofer for an inspection right away. Knowing how to stop mold from forming and stop it from spreading can keep your family healthy and save you money on energy bills each month.

Winter is Mold’s Favorite Season

Attic mold typically forms in the cold winter months. While your family is warm inside the house, heat can rise to your attic creating a breeding ground for a wide variety of mold. For example, if the bathroom vent fan is turned on during a hot shower, a large volume of warm, moist air is blown into the attic space. Wet wood in a dark space is an ideal environment for mold to take hold. Contact your local roofer to inspect your attic for air leaks and proper ventilation.

Keep Your Family Healthy

Airborne mold spores cause a wide range of respiratory ailments and allergic reactions. According to Geisinger Health, “Though small amounts of mold probably won’t hurt us, there is no species of mold that is ‘safe’ when inhaled. Those tiny spores could cause a host of health problems; mostly in people with respiratory problems, allergies or a compromised immune system.” If you have ongoing symptoms including sneezing, runny or stuffing nose, cough, itchy eyes, or dry skin while in your home, first see a doctor, then call a professional roofer.

Save Money on Energy Bills

A properly sealed and insulated attic can save homeowners as much as 40% on heating and cooling bills. Preventative maintenance is usually enough to stop attic mold growth and moisture damage. As the most trusted roofing company in southeast Minnesota, our team of local experts will address your mold issues quickly and efficiently. Contact Above All Roofing today for your free evaluation and estimate.