There are several issues that can cause mold to form in an attic, thus resulting in the need for attic mold removal. Attic mold can grow in many areas. One area most susceptible to mold growth is the underside of roof sheathing. Some causes could be insufficient ventilation; water intrusion from a roof or siding leak; bathroom, dryer, or kitchen fans venting into the attic instead of outside; heat flow into a cold attic causing condensation; and roof leaks. One of the most common causes of attic mold in Hudson, NH is from ice dams. Many of these causes are subtle and hard to identify if one does not know what to look for. Plain and simple, mold problems are triggered from a moisture problem. If the moisture issues are not addressed properly you will be hiring an attic mold removal company.
The most obvious way to detect mold is from the smell. Mold has a distinct musty, sour smell. The odor can alert the home owner to a potential mold problem in the attic even if there are no apparent visual signs. If the mold is bad enough that it is visually apparent, it will appear green or greenish black and will likely seem slimy or powdery. The patterns of growth are circular and blotchy looking. If the mold problem is serious it can cover the sheathing and rafters. It can grow on any organic material such as wood, dirt and paper. Please note that while the physical indicators mentioned here are usually a good indicator of mold, to officially determine the status professional mold testing should be conducted.
Most property owners have no desire to crawl around their attic trying to remediate mold. That is why professional attic mold removal companies exist. However, if you are one to prefer the DIY path, there may be options. Many online forums and websites offer recommendations on DIY attic mold removal. For example, some claim that mold can be removed with vinegar, lemon juice or a solution of tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract combined with water. They state that it is important to use as little liquid as possible while using a cloth to blot the moldy area. This may or may not be effective, but if you are willing to experiment on a DIY project there are resources out there to research.
While these DIY methods of mold removal can be helpful, it is possible that your home may have more mold in it than what you readily see or are willing to handle yourself. That’s why it’s always a good idea to call a mold remediation professional. Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services is an excellent choice in ridding your Hudson, NH attic of mold. They provide prompt, reliable service; and can access the damage as quickly as the next day. Soil-Away’s IICRC certified mold remediation technicians utilized methods such as dry-ice blasting, HEPA vacuuming, HEPA air scrubbing, anti-microbial sanitization and encapsulation to remove mold from your attic.
Soil-Away utilizes thermal imaging cameras combined with moisture meters to detect water damage in your property. Catching water damage early is crucial to preventing mold damage down the road. Commercial air movers and dehumidifiers are used to dry out affected areas. Following water intrusion, Soil-Away will do a thorough job of ridding your home of excessive moisture so you don’t have to deal with mold in the first place.
Soil-Away is Hudson, NH’s premier service for water and mold damage repair emergencies. They are IICRC master-certified with over 25 years of experience in freeing homes in the NH area of mold and its damaging effects. If you need expert attic mold removal services, call Soil Away at (603) 641-6555.
Written by E. Aceves