Florida Attics get hot, and since we do not have basements many people tend to over pack their attics with added belongings. Add no air flow and a leaky roof and you have a recipe for mold. The most important factor in getting the mold out of your attic is to first address where the water is coming from and stop it. Only then will the start of cleaning up the mold and remediation be an option, otherwise the mold will only start growing again.
Incorrect or dis-repaired ducting from inside the home can have an unfavorable effect as well…. if the bathroom fan, whole house fan and/or kitchen range exhaust hood is not appropriately venting to the exterior then it can allow warm, moist are to flow into the attic and can contribute in condensation.
Another item that we address is the ventilation in the attic. If there’s insufficient ventilation in the attic, fresh air is limited into the attic space that can lead to excess condensation and mold growth. The current codes call for 1 sq. ft. of ventilation for every 300 sq. ft. of attic space dispersed evenly between the ridge and soffit area.
If mold is found in your attic, our team will dry out existing moisture and then depending on the damage we will have to remove and replace areas we cannot properly clean. One of the area’s most prone to mold growth is the underside of roof sheathing. This is frequently due to poor ventilation of the attic space, poorly installed or insufficient insulation, water incursion from a roof or siding leak, or incorrect venting from bathrooms, clothes dryers or kitchens. Mold growth on the underside of attic sheathing is also one of the most difficult areas to clean due to poor access, tight quarters, lack of flooring, presence of roofing nails and uncomfortable temperature extremes.
No one will argue that mold removal is unnecessary as it can lead to rot and structural damage. We will recommend post-remediation testing that will entail a combination of air and surface sampling of the affected areas of the home as well.