Attic Mold – The Nitty Gritty

 

Most of the people we talk with are unaware there might be a mold problem in their attic. After all, it is not usually considered part of the living space and we don’t often go up there. When a property goes on the market for sale the potential buyer will usually have a home inspection done and this is when mold in the attic is often discovered. The potential buyer and the seller then usually negotiate to determine which party will take care of the attic mold and then they request a professional company to provide a proposal or estimate to fix the problem. This is when a company like Wing Three comes into play to inspect the attic and provide a proposal for a solution to the issue.

 

What is Mold?

Mold is a living organism and needs both a food source and water/moisture to survive. Building materials such as wood and drywall are an ideal food source for mold. Over time the mold will continue to consume until there is nothing left but rotten material. Mold is nature’s degrader.

There are tens of thousands of different types of mold but some of the most common mold species we encounter as a professional mold remediation company are: Penicillium/Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Chaetomium and Stachybotrys (more commonly known as black mold).

 

Common Causes of Attic Mold. 

Common causes of attic mold are typically issues with ventilation, such as:

  • Blocked Soffits
  • Blocked Soffit Vents
  • Improperly Vented Bathroom Power Fans That Exhaust Directly Into the Attic.
  • Roof Leaks
  • Inadequate Attic Insulation

What you need to remember is that mold is only a symptom of the problem; the real problem is moisture or trapped moisture.

We Have Attic Mold, Now What?

Generally a little mold in the attic is not a major problem and can be cleaned up easily. However, if left unchecked for a long period of time the mold in the attic could get so bad that it may involve a complete roof tear off and remediation of the remaining roof structure before a new roof can be put back on to fix the problem. Obviously this can be quite costly.

If left unchecked a moisture problem will likely turn into a mold problem. Under the right conditions, mold can begin to grow within a 24 hour period. If conditions in the attic are favorable for mold growth then the roof joists and roof sheathing in the attic will often show signs of discoloration. Sometimes the mold growth is light and spotty however, the mold growth could also be much heavier if the root cause of the mold problem is significant enough.

As an example, when bathroom power fans exhaust directly into the attic during the colder months, moisture in the air of the home from showering etc. can be transferred into the attic. The moisture in the air can then condense on the colder surfaces of the attic such as the roof joists and roof sheathing, causing mold to grow. Combine that in the warmer months when the humidity is naturally higher with inadequate attic ventilation, blocked soffits and/or soffit vents and the mold problem could escalate quickly.

What now?

When your attic has mold, you have two problems to address.

  • Proper Ventilation in the Attic.
    • In order to reduce the risk of a reoccurrence of mold it is essential that any ventilation issues in your attic are fixed.  As part of our free visual inspection we will determine the root cause of the mold in your attic and include that in our proposal to ensure that it is also taken care of.
  • Get Rid Of The Mold.  
    • It’s not something you should try to tackle yourself. A professional mold remediation/removal contractor, is your best way to alleviate this concern.

Click here are some additional ways to prevent mold.

Solution

The sooner the moisture and ventilation problem in the attic is fixed and the mold is remediated the better!

Ask us about our warranty; we are eager to assist you so contact us today!

Call now for a free visual inspection.

 


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What people say about us

I will not call anyone else anymore.

These guys are great. I have used them on a couple jobs now and could not be happier. Andrew is very attentive, prompt, and professional. He is also very honest and has saved me a little money when he could have upsold me because I thought the problem was worse than it was. I will not call anyone else anymore.
Wing Three, Asbestos Removal, Mold Removal
5.0
2017-11-27T23:48:00+00:00
These guys are great. I have used them on a couple jobs now and could not be happier. Andrew is very attentive, prompt, and professional. He is also very honest and has saved me a little money when he could have upsold me because I thought the problem was worse than it was. I will not call anyone else anymore.

One of the best companies for customer service I have ever dealt with.

After a major storm, I thought I might have mold in my attic. I contacted Wing Three and they were able to squeeze me in the same day for a free inspection and estimate. The technician that came to the appointment was top notch and took the time to explan everything to me. He was courteous and very knowledgeable. One of the best companies for customer service I have ever dealt with. I highly recommend this company!
Wing Three, Asbestos Removal, Mold Removal
5.0
2017-11-27T23:45:21+00:00
After a major storm, I thought I might have mold in my attic. I contacted Wing Three and they were able to squeeze me in the same day for a free inspection and estimate. The technician that came to the appointment was top notch and took the time to explan everything to me. He was courteous and very knowledgeable. One of the best companies for customer service I have ever dealt with. I highly recommend this company!

I would recommend Wing Three without reservation for Asbestos Removal

I would recommend Wing Three without reservation. Dave Szyszka came to my home for a consult about asbestos. He really took the time to walk me through the process and really listened to my plans. His recommendations were spot-on. I really appreciated that he acted as a true consultant to me in this; he didn't just try to sell me an expensive and exhaustive procedure. While at my home, he also inspected my attic, just because we was there, not because I had ordered the inspection. He was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, honest and kind. If this is indicative of the level of service Wing Three provides, then this is a company of refreshing service. This went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you! BTW it is important to note that the original specialist, who lived closer to my home, was called away on a family emergency. Rather then reschedule my appointment, they had Dave drive all the way from Milwaukee in order to keep my appointment--that's over 2 hours. I am so impressed. Again, many thanks.
Wing Three, Asbestos Removal, Mold Removal
5.0
2017-11-27T23:43:58+00:00
I would recommend Wing Three without reservation. Dave Szyszka came to my home for a consult about asbestos. He really took the time to walk me through the process and really listened to my plans. His recommendations were spot-on. I really appreciated that he acted as a true consultant to me in this; he didn't just try to sell me an expensive and exhaustive procedure. While at my home, he also inspected my attic, just because we was there, not because I had ordered the inspection. He was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, honest and kind. If this is indicative of the level of service Wing Three provides, then this is a company of refreshing service. This went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you! BTW it is important to note that the original specialist, who lived closer to my home, was called away on a family emergency. Rather then reschedule my appointment, they had Dave drive all the way from Milwaukee in order to keep my appointment--that's over 2 hours. I am so impressed. Again, many thanks.

Offers 15 year transferable warranty with mold remediation which is fantastic.



Fantastic operation. Fair quote, excellent service. Able to fit in schedule immediately. Offers 15 year transferable warranty with mold remediation which is fantastic.





Wing Three, Asbestos Removal, Mold Removal
5.0
2017-11-27T23:38:34+00:00
Fantastic operation. Fair quote, excellent service. Able to fit in schedule immediately. Offers 15 year transferable warranty with mold remediation which is fantastic.

They were reasonably priced and were efficient with their work

They were reasonably priced and were efficient with their work. Professional
Wing Three, Asbestos Removal, Mold Removal
5.0
2017-11-27T23:37:28+00:00
They were reasonably priced and were efficient with their work. Professional

Wing Three was a great company to deal with

Wing Three was a great company to deal with. They were timely, professional, courteous and the price was right! Would definitely recommend them to anyone!!
Wing Three, Asbestos Removal, Mold Removal
5.0
2017-11-27T23:34:52+00:00
Wing Three was a great company to deal with. They were timely, professional, courteous and the price was right! Would definitely recommend them to anyone!!

Truly felt like we were treated like on of their family members.

Wing Three has a first class operation! From the their customer rep. to their worker bees, and even the owner had our interest at heart! They did an awesome job, explained everything as they went along. Truly felt like we were treated like on of their family members. This is hard to find that in a company these days! I would recommend them to anyone that wants great service! Thank you! Wanda Sajdowitz
Wing Three, Asbestos Removal, Mold Removal
5.0
2017-11-27T23:31:50+00:00
Wing Three has a first class operation! From the their customer rep. to their worker bees, and even the owner had our interest at heart! They did an awesome job, explained everything as they went along. Truly felt like we were treated like on of their family members. This is hard to find that in a company these days! I would recommend them to anyone that wants great service! Thank you! Wanda Sajdowitz
mold removal, asbestos removal, Mold, asbestos

I would be pleased to recommend them.

The technicians showed up at the scheduled time period and reviewed what they were going to be doing. They completed the work in the timely manner and cleaned up the work area. Additionally they gave me the opportunity to inspect their work after they were finished. I would be pleased to recommend them .
Wing Three, Asbestos Removal, Mold Removal
5.0
2017-11-27T23:26:51+00:00
The technicians showed up at the scheduled time period and reviewed what they were going to be doing. They completed the work in the timely manner and cleaned up the work area. Additionally they gave me the opportunity to inspect their work after they were finished. I would be pleased to recommend them .
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