Whether it appears white, brown, purple, orange, pink, yellow, red, gray, green, or a combination of colors—mold is always a problem. Mold can find its way into several parts of your home, including the attic. Once mold grows, it can spread further and cause more damage to important parts of your home like the insulation, wood support beams, and walls.
Signs of Mold Growing in your Attic
1. Colored Spots
When checking your attic for mold, keep an eye out for colored spots. Mold can come in a variety of colors, making it easy to pick out. The more harmful types of mold will appear in black or grayish color. But at the end of the day, any amount or color of mold is enough to call for removal.
2. Odd Odors
Since your attic isn’t typically in plain view of sight, your first sign of mold growth might be an odd odor. If you notice a musty odor coming from the attic, it’s likely due to mold growth.
Excess moisture can foster mold growth. If you’re having a condensation problem in your attic, moisture will eventually build up to the point where mold can freely grow. Another source of moisture could be a leak in the roof or water line allowing water to moisture in.
4. Allergy-Like Symptoms
Mold in the attic can trigger allergy-like symptoms like congestion, runny nose, frequent sneezing, and more. If it’s not allergy season, but you’re suffering symptoms, it could be the mold in the attic.
5. Hot and Stuffy Attic
A properly ventilated attic should feel comfortable and breezy. If it feels hot and stuffy in there, you have a ventilation problem that needs to be addressed before mold can grow.
6. Shapes and Patterns
When you first notice mold growth, you probably see it as a big or small splotch on the surface. However, some types of mold can form perfect circles or crescent moon shapes. If you see this pattern, take extreme caution. Oftentimes this is black mold that needs to be handled by a professional.
7. High Bills
Are you seeing an inexplicably high water bill? While mold growth isn’t the cause, it may be a symptom. The real culprit is likely a water line leak in the attic. If left unchecked, water will continue to leak and drive up your bill. It will also help mold grow and spread.
What Causes Attic Mold Problems?
Not that you know the signs of mold growth in the attic, but it’s time to look at what may be causing it. Failing to fix whatever is causing mold to grow in the attic can only make the problem worse, even if you do remove mold.
Mold needs moisture and a food source. Your attic has plenty of food to use to grow, but where is the water or moisture coming from? Insufficient or blocked ventilation can trap moist air, leading to mold growth. Roof or water line leaks can allow water to plague the attic unchecked. Another thing to check for is improper exhaust from the bathroom and dryer vents.
Taking Action if You See Signs of Attic Mold
You can do everything right and still end up with mold in the attic. It’s frustrating, but when it happens, you shouldn’t put off removal. Mold can set up a potentially unsafe indoor environment and can affect air quality. This is especially true if it’s black or grayish mold.
Call Northeast Power Dry at 848-233-3345 or contact us to request an inspection and get free moisture inspections on attic mold removal services. Our technicians provide reliable services for Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Edison, and nearby communities.
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