Attics, Ventilation and Mold

Attic Ventilation Mold growth is something every homeowner should be concerned about, but one of the problems with mold is that it can grow in so many different places. While you may be experiencing symptoms of mold inhalation, you may not be able to clearly identify mold as the problem. In fact, many homeowners are surprised to find mold in rarely visited areas of the property, like the attic and crawl space.

Finding mold in your home is bad enough, but discovering there is a huge issue that has been growing out of sight is another. Why exactly is the attic a common place to find mold? Well, it has a lot to do with ventilation – or lack of it. Without moisture, mold spores cannot grow and spread.  That’s one of the reasons why these tiny spores will often find a home in poorly ventilated and insulated attics.

Humidity is a big problem throughout the spring and summer months, and not just when you step outside. If you don’t have proper ventilation in your attic, it can create a humid environment full of moisture-rich air that can condense on surfaces when the air outside cools overnight.  Or if you have bath fans that terminate in the attic. This type of environment creates ideal conditions for mold spores to grow.

Even if you suspect mold is growing in your attic, or any other area of your home, it may still be hard to find. There could be mold growing behind your insulation, in a corner of the attic or even in the space between floors. These are all places where you may never think to look, which is just one of the many reasons that hiring a professional inspector is a smart idea.

Our experienced home inspectors have the knowledge, experience and tools needed to locate the source of the problem. Whether you suspect mold in your home or you just want to be on the safe side, you can rely on the professionals at Pristine Inspections & Testing to give you a look at the full picture inside your home – from top to bottom. To learn more or to schedule an inspection appointment, call us at 217-352-3743 today!