When was the last time you went into your attic? Not many people go in them but it’s important for a number of reasons including to see if there is mold in your attic.
If homeowners do venture into their attic, it can often be quite revealing. It may have kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans that vent into them and not to the exterior of the home. Their vent pipes might not have insulation or vapour barriers on them. The attic may have poor ventilation at the soffit or ridge area, not enough insulation or poor vapour barriers. All of these can contribute to heat loss, and when the cold attic surfaces are met with that heat loss condensation occurs. This can cause water / moisture damage to the building materials and or create hoar frost from the condensation freezing. All of these can be perfect conditions for growing mold, and we see it more often than you might think. If it is present, the task then becomes how can your control mould or abate it.
Mold needs two things to grow – some form of moisture (water leak, condensation, ice) as well as organic material (lumber, paper) to feed on. If you have mold, you indoor air quality (IAQ) may be at risk.
Are you unsure about what’s lurking in your attic or what the next steps might be? Get it inspected!