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Preventing Mold in your Attic

Preventing mold growth and proliferation in your attic is a simple task if the proper time and effort is put into the process. There are two different things that you should check to ensure that your attic is as protected as it can be.

Roof: Check your roof for leaks; some are easy to spot with marked discoloration of the insulation and warping accompanied by discoloration of wood.  Any place that two materials meet such as roof valleys, skylights, chimneys, windows etc. are all susceptible to leaking if not properly joined or sealed. Check around the perimeter of each in your attic and look for signs of leaking. If you find any leaks, take immediate action to handle the situation.

Ventilation: Poor ventilation can cause a moisture problem especially due to two of the most common culprits: improper vapor barrier installation and insulation covering vents. As moisture travels up to the attic from normal everyday activities of cooking and taking showers, it needs to be able to escape. Proper ventilation allows the moisture to escape quickly and not settle in the attic.

Taking the time to do a thorough check of your attics roof and vents is definitely worth it in the long run. If you don’t feel comfortable checking the attic, or find signs of mold growth that you’re not sure how to handle, contact an expert. The sooner that you handle moisture issues or combat existing mold issues the better!

bleach for mold

Will Bleach solve my mold problem?

Finding mold in your home is a scary event, with knowledge that mold is “bad” it is usually first instinct to try to tackle the problem immediately with a household cleaner and remove the visible mold. Bleach is probably one of the most common household cleaners that are used for its combat activity on mold. There are a few things to keep in mind in the mold vs. bleach battle that you should know before believing that bleach has won the fight.

Bleach kills bacteria and viruses and is used for its sanitizing qualities on surfaces. It will kill surface mold on non-porous surfaces (glass, tub, tile etc.) but it cannot ever completely kill mold that grows on porous materials (drywall or wood).  Recommendations from the EPA do not include bleach for killing mold as it is a corrosive material that can be harmful if inhaled and can cause burns with exposure.

A good rule of thumb when dealing with the first sight of surface mold is to use whatever method, bleach or natural mold killing products that you are comfortable using. If after a waiting period you see the mold return, then you can be sure that the mold is deeper in the material and will only be wasting time continually using that product over again.

If you begin to realize that the visible mold that you’ve tried to combat is returning after cleaning, it’s time to contact an expert in mold inspection, assessment and remediation. These experts are trained to look for areas that are susceptible to mold and moisture, abate the problem and get you back to living life without mold. If you have found yourself in this situation in the New York/New Jersey area, call HNST Mold Inspections today, we’re waiting for your call.

Allergies?

Dealing with Mold Allergies?

Well, Punxsutawney Phil told us this week that we should be expecting an early spring! That’s great news for most of us who are looking forward to spring, but for people with seasonal allergies this could be a scary thought.

Seasonal allergies come in all different types, pollen, animal dander, and of course mold. If you’re a reader of our blog, you know mold can grow anywhere indoors or out which means double trouble for anyone with a mold allergy. If you’ve been diagnosed with a mold allergy here are some of our tips to help from The American Academy of Allergy & Immunology to prepare you for allergy season indoors and out.

  • Check the National Allergy Bureau (NAB) before you venture outside. This website updates pollen and mold counts for each state. If you notice the levels are particularly high, stay indoors
  • Don’t rake leaves or stir up the earth. This can release spores lying dormant into the air and expose yourself to allergens
  • Stay away from fields of uncut grass
  • Shower when coming in from outdoors to remove any mold spores that may be on your body or clothing
  • Fix water leaks in your home immediately to prevent mold growth. If you find mold in your home or notice your allergy symptoms are increasing indoors, call in a mold expert to inspect and remove any dangerous mold
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% in order to reduce the chances of mold growth
  • Remove carpeting in areas that are prone to dampness such as bathrooms and basements

If you are allergic to mold and are experiencing symptoms now, you may be exposed to mold indoors and it is a good time to get your home inspected for mold. Many do not realize that mold can be hidden out of sight and be causing you to exhibit allergy symptoms year round. HNST Mold Inspections is here to help, use our quick contact form to obtain a quote today.