Mould growth in attics is very common because this space tends to have the perfect conditions, including heat, humidity and abundant food source with wood sheathing. Additionally, because most homeowners do not usually go up to their attic, mould will continue to grow undisturbed for years. The problem often only gets noticed when the house goes up for sale due to the buyer’s home inspection. This will cause a lot of panic, so you need to know how to avoid this problem in the first place.
It’s important that you check your attic every year for mould so that you can deal with this situation if you come across it. This will prevent the mould from growing, and you will have the opportunity to get rid of it before it spreads. If you see dark black staining on wood surfaces or if your attic feels excessively hot or stuffy, these are signs that you have a mould problem in your attic. Frost build-up, wet insulation, and the smell of mildew are also signs of mould resulting from moisture. Blocked or insufficient ventilation, improper exhausting of bathroom fans or dryer vents and roof issues or leaks are common causes of attic moisture problems that lead to mould growth.
It is a must that you fix the moisture problem first so that you no longer have mould, and it’s also important that you get rid of the existing mould properly. Mould cannot be removed until your moisture problem has been corrected because if you clean up your attic without acknowledging the moisture issue, your mould will come back, and your problem will not be resolved. It can be challenging to remove mould in attic spaces because of space limitations and temperature extremes. Even finished attics are problematic because it can be very hard to find the cause of the mould or track it down behind drywall and insulation. For these reasons, this is a problem that is best left to the professionals because they will know how to remove mould safely and properly.
Once the moisture problem has been fixed, mould removal can begin, and if you have any of your belongings in your attic, they need to be removed, and every box and item has to be inspected. Mouldy boxes have to be discarded, and any items that have mould or a musty smell must be professionally cleaned. Make sure you seal off the area for cleaning, and this process can include disinfecting mouldy areas, running dehumidifiers and thoroughly drying the area to prevent further mould growth. In some cases, a mould-inhibiting solution can be sprayed onto attic sheathing, as this would also prevent additional mould development.
The experts at Polar Energy Systems know all about attics and proper insulation, so we will make sure this area is clean and mould-free. Whether you are looking for spray foam insulation or a reputable insulation contractor, we can help, so if you are in London, contact us today!