Attic Mold FAQ’s
1. Is attic mold dangerous?
- Since attic mold is in the attic, the way in which air typically flows through the house prevents attic mold from entering the living space air. Fortunately, the negative health effects associated with mold are not common with attic mold. Unfortunately, this can lead to unchecked attic mold growth, as there aren’t outright signs that there is even mold in the attic.
2. What are causes of attic mold in Grand Rapids area homes?
- Attic mold has many underlying causes, but the main cause to remember is moisture. Without water, there can be no mold growth. In order to find the source of attic mold, it is important to find the source of abnormal moisture in the attic. This can be from many things, including poor insulation, leaky ductwork, inadequate roof structures, bathroom fans, poor attic ventilation, non-insulated ducts, and no dampened roof unit.
3. How do the conditions of West Michigan contribute to Mold Growth?
- The proximity of Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan results in cold, humid winters. These conditions are perfect for condensation to form in the attic. Condensation combined with the wrong or inadequate insulation can result in perfect conditions for attic mold growth.
4. Will my roof need replacement?
- Attic mold growth rarely results in needing to replace the roof. Typically, mold remediation and various preventative measures, such as new insulation, are fully adequate to address the issue. The important part is to take the necessary steps to address the underlying cause of the attic mold growth to ensure that it does not return.
5. How is attic mold remediated?
- First FixAtticMold.com determines whether it is in fact mold or just lumber tint or lumber staining. Once we determine that it is in fact attic mold, we treat it with Concrobium Mold Control to kill the mold. Finally, the surface is painted to provide a fresh surface. It is important to note that remediation will not prevent future mold growth. In order to prevent the mold from coming back, the underlying issue much be fixed, which FixAtticMold.com is more than capable of doing and highly recommends. Click to learn more about attic mold remediation.
6. What types of mold grow in attics?
- Many different types of mold can be found in attics, but two very common ones are Aspergillus and Penicillium. The important thing to remember is that all types of mold require moisture, some more than others, so any moisture or condensation in an attic can result in mold growth.
7. Fiberglass Insulation and attic mold
- FixAtticMold.com always recommends using insulation other than Fiberglass, such as NuWool Cellulose insulation, as it is much more resistant to attic mold growth. Cheap fiberglass insulation can often actually promote attic mold growth, while NuWool is highly mold resistant.
8. What types of homes are susceptible to attic mold growth?
- Attic mold can be found in any home, new or old. Anywhere that there is abnormal moisture gives mold a chance to grow. Older homes often use older types of insulation that are more susceptible to mold growth, as well as having improper ventilation and leaky ductwork that can contribute to mold growth.
9. How much does attic mold remediation cost?
- Attic mold removal cost can vary depending on a number of variables. The best thing to do is to contact FixAtticMold.com if you think you have attic mold so that we can assess the situation. Attic mold causes can vary greatly, and in order to prevent future attic mold growth, it is crucial that FixAtticMold.com identify the underlying causes. Once the attic mold is confirmed, causes identified, and possible solutions formulated then FixAtticMold.com can estimate a remediation cost for your home and situation. Request a quote today to fix your attic mold!
10. How long does attic mold remediation take?
- FixAtticMold.com can provide an estimate for attic mold remediation within 1 hour of a phone call notifying that attic mold has been found. After that, FixAtticMold.com can start the mold remediation process within 24 hours of the initial call. Furthermore, home owners can remain in the house during the entire attic mold removal process, limiting any inconveniences.
11. Does homeowners insurance cover mold?
- Every insurance is different, so it’s important to check with your insurance provider. Typically, this will be linked to what level of coverage you have for water damage. Since attic mold is caused by excess moisture, the source of the water in the attic will determine what aspects of the repair may or may not be covered.