Attics are one of the most common places for mold development. New Jersey attics can be very vulnerable to moisture buildup from excessive heat, high humidity, roof leaks, and lack of ventilation. In the presence of water, it only takes 24-48 hours for mold spores to germinate and spread to be a major contamination. Some simple attic mold prevention tactics will go a long way to help you avoid a costly mold remediation in the future.
Mold growth in your NJ attic can mean serious health problems and serious structural damage to your home or business. Certain species of mold have the potential to produce mycotoxins that are toxic to humans. Exposure to mold can result in symptoms ranging from mild allergies to serious upper respiratory problems. Each person will react differently to to the presence of mold. Symptoms vary depending on the individual, the length of time of exposure, the species of mold and several other factors.
The purpose of mold in the natural outdoor environment is to breakdown dead organic matter to be recycled back into the ecosystem. Now, imagine mold doing that to the building materials of your attic. Mold and the underlying water problem will eat away at the building structure and do some serious damage to your property.
Aside from the obvious roof leak, moisture buildup in the attic can easily go unnoticed. As hot air rises in your NJ home, it collects in your attic. If an attic is not properly ventilated, it can be very vulnerable to excessive moisture buildup. Warm air in the attic can lead to condensation and elevated humidity.
Conditions that promote attic mold growth:
Consistent moisture control is the key to attic mold prevention.
Leaks – You should check your attic regularly for leaks or signs of leaks. Early detection can make all the difference when it comes to mold and water damage.
Roofing – Problems with your roof system can lead to major water intrusion and serious mold development.
Ventilation – Insufficient air circulation and ventilation is one of the most overlooked cause of attic mold. It is also one of the most common driving causes of mold development in NJ attics.
Insulation – Attic insulation minimizes heat loss or cool air loss, which will help to prevent elevated humidity and condensation.
Gutters – Regular gutter checks and maintenance
Landscape – Your home’s surroundings are very important to keeping your roof safe and damage free.
Dehumidifier – Attic dehumidifiers can help to keep your NJ attic dry. If you attic is especially damp or humid, a dehumidifier can help.
Declutter – Attics are often used for storage. Cluttered spaces limit air flow and can promote moisture buildup (especially in already humid environments). Take some time to regularly organize and purge some of your stored items. This will open up your attic and help to optimize air circulation.
If you identify signs of a potential mold problem in your attic, you should call a certified mold professional to schedule a mold inspection. A Mastertech attic mold inspection in NJ will determine if you have mold, how bad it is, what caused it, and how to safely and effectively remove it.
The NJ attic mold removal professionals at Mastertech Environmental will develop a tailored scope of work for you specific NJ attic mold removal. We will ensure the safest, most effective, and most efficient cleanup of your property. Each Mastertech mold remediation is backed by a 5-year, mold-free warranty. It is our promise that the mold has been safely and properly removed, and it will not return.