Attic Mold Removal
Attic mold removal is one of the most forgotten types of mold cleanup, simply because most homeowners just don’t use their attics. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake since attics are the perfect place for moisture and dust to accumulate. And wherever there is moisture there is bound to be mold.
Mold is one of the main reasons many homeowners and their families tend to experience allergies and severe health issues which are often written off as a simple cold or the flu and even old age. However, most health problems can actually be prevented by taking the proper steps necessary to keep mold growth at bay.
One of the most common sources for mold growth in attics is a leaky roof. Worn shingles can cause water to seep inside and cause mold to grow. Before you tackle mold removal you’ll need to replace those shingles, otherwise your mold problem will just continue to grow.
Another common source for mold growth is the insulation found in attics. Insulation is prone to absorbing moisture, which leads to the perfect breeding ground for mold. Insulation that is infested with mold will need to be discarded since it cannot be cleaned.
Once you’ve removed or repaired the source of the problem, you can begin the mold clean up process.
The first thing you will need to do is remove any items that you’ve stored near the mold growth and discard or set them if they’ve been affected by the fungus. Next, you’ll want to cover any other items that remain in the area with a sheet of plastic to prevent the spores of the fungus from spreading and contaminating those items.
Then, you’ll want to invest in a mold spray that is specifically made to permanently remove mold, clean rags and a scrub brush. In addition, you’ll need to purchase a pair of rubber gloves, a respiratory mask and eye goggles to protect yourself from the mold while you work.
Once you have these items, you can start by scrubbing the affected area with the brush to loosen the mold. Next, apply the spray according to the manufacturer’s directions and let it set for the time indication. Then, rinse the area using clean water and wipe away any mold residue with a clean rag. Repeat if molds are persistent. Then seal and discard any items you used in the cleanup process to prevent further contamination.
You’ll then need to invest in some fans or dehumidifiers to dry out the affected area before you put back any of the items you had stored in the area. Also, if you don’t already have one, now is a good time to invest in an exhaust fan to help circulate air flow and reduce moisture and dust buildup.
Finally, if you suspect that you’re in need of attic mold removal, but you find the task is too difficult on your own, you should seek professional help from a company who specializes in removing mold who can get the job done for you!