Damage Restoration Company Explains How to Avoid Mold Infestations in the Attic

The No Fuss Solutions team specializes in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation services for residential and commercial properties. Utilizing advanced technologies and the best equipment, the knowledgeable and experienced technicians restore residential and commercial property damage. Having the knowledge, training, and equipment to restore a property that has sustained multiple types of damage enables No Fuss Solutions to meet every need a client may have, including a mold infestation in the attic.

Mold thrives in locations that are dark, moist, and warm. The typical attic is a prime breeding ground for mold, especially in the Panama City area of Florida, the hurricane alley of the United States. The professionals at No Fuss Solutions highlight practical strategies that homeowners can follow to minimize the risk of mold growth in the attic.

Strategy: Make sure the attic is properly insulated.

The attic is an area of the home that is subjected to extremes in temperature. Proper insulation is critical to moderate these extremes and reduce condensation and moisture.

An insulation expert makes the following observation: “Most homes are under-insulated, which can lead to leaks and increased condensation. This combination creates a moist environment that provides the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Properly insulating your attic is crucial to prevent the spread of mold in your home. Doing so will also reduce the amount of air that escapes your attic—this will save you money on your heating and cooling bill.”

An inspection by a licensed residential contractor or a reputable insulation installation company can help homeowners determine if their attic is adequately insulated. The issue can be resolved upon recommendations from a trusted insulation expert.

Strategy: Improve attic ventilation and airflow.

Adequate airflow and ventilation can effectively reduce attic moisture, help dry out small leaks from the roof, chimney, or HVAC system, and reduce mold accumulation when it is already present in the attic. It is important to keep the air constantly flowing in the attic. To achieve this goal, the homeowner can add roof vents or install a ceiling fan. If vents are already in place, make sure they are unobstructed and are promoting consistent airflow.

Strategy: Conduct regular inspections.

Most homeowners do not spend much time in the attic, especially during the summer when attic temperatures can top 140 degrees Fahrenheit. When those infrequent trips to the attic do occur, take the time to visually inspect the attic for signs of leaks and mold growth. Include a smell test since the heat makes the odors more noticeable.

Strategy: Vent appliances outside of the home, not into the attic.

Venting the bathroom fan or the stove fan into the attic increases the likelihood of mold, mildew, and rot. Pushing moisture into the attic can cause metal items stored in the attic to rust. Clothing, documents, photographs, and any furniture are guaranteed to be damaged either by mildew or mold. The expense to redirect appliance vents is far less costly than resolving a massive mold infestation.

Strategy: Look for roof leaks.

After extreme weather, look for roof leaks in the attic and within the interior of the home. Missing shingles, damaged gutters and downspouts, branches on the roof, and rotting soffits and fascia are indications of a probable roof leak. Secure the services of a professional to inspect the attic and roof after severe weather. Panama City is called “hurricane alley” for a reason.

Strategy: Repair any roof damage.

When damage is discovered, repair it quickly. If efforts have been made to ensure continuous airflow and appliances have been vented to the exterior of the home, the moisture should evaporate before much damage has been done. Allowing more water damage to occur every time it rains invites a mold infestation and will possibly result in structural damage to support beams. Once mold infests insulation, the insulation may need to be removed and replaced.

Strategy: Deal with any mold growth promptly by calling in a mold remediation specialist.

Mold can not only damage a home structurally, but it can also cause severe health problems for the occupants of the house, including respiratory issues, asthma, allergic reactions, migraines, fatigue, inflammation, and even mental confusion. If mold is suspected, seek out a respected, certified mold remediation specialist who has the knowledge, experience, equipment, techniques, cleaning solutions, and protective gear to tackle the problem efficiently and safely.

No Fuss Solutions provides a full range of restoration services for commercial and residential clients in Panama City, Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Marianna, and Youngstown. These services include water damage restoration, mold remediation, and mold removal. The company understands the importance of restoring a home and making the environment healthy and safe.

For more information about mold remediation in Panama City, FL, contact No Fuss Solutions by phone at (850) 920-3814.