Until you open up a roof, you can never be sure exactly what you will find underneath. In our damp climate, black mold is a common discovery, and it’s not something we like to see. Mold growth requires trapped air in a confined space mixed with moisture. Over time, mold growing on the wood in your attic breaks down the structure and lessens the strength of your home.
So where does this mold come from? The causes of black mold in your attic space are many:
- Disconnected bath vents blowing hot, moist air into your attic
- Blocked soffit vents not allowing fresh air to travel
- Recurring roof leak
- Insufficient ridge venting
- Material installed over damp/wet sheathing
- A combination of the above
Are there solutions? Absolutely. We are very experienced in not only eliminating existing black mold, but taking measures to help prevent it from returning. Are these solutions costly? They can be, but the reward of mold removal is priceless. That is because black mold can contribute to pulmonary issues such as COPD and allergic reactions such as coughing and nasal congestion. In some cases where mold growth is pervasive, fungal lung infections can occur.
Simply put, breathing air compromised by mold growth is toxic and needs attention immediately. For further information on black mold in homes, go to https://www.cdc.gov/ for informative articles on the seriousness of this home contaminate. Or, if you’d like to discuss how we can help, don’t hesitate to contact us at 425-881-9771.