17 Apr Attic Mold and Your Health
Posted in Attic & Roofing Services, on 1587096000 By Admin
Hard to believe, but some people actually think that attic mold is normal and natural in a space like the attic. This thinking is ill advised simply because attic mold can realistically pose health risks for everyone living in the home.
In a region like Toronto, with summer and winter weather extremes, old attic insulation can be a source of mold growth. That’s because the conditions inside the attic are ideal for mold to grow and thrive – dark, humid, and static.
Mold has been connected to a variety of health problems
If you suspect mold growth in the attic (or anywhere in the house) you’ve probably noticed some signs. The attic is out-of-sight, so most homeowners rarely have a chance to see what’s going on. The truth is, even when mold is limited to the attic space, it can still spread throughout the home.
Many homeowners think that when mold is confined to the attic, there’s little opportunity for spreading. On the contrary, mold does spread, and mold spores can travel through the air where they create new colonies. When left unattended, mold can present a serious hazard to the home.
Probably the biggest concern with mold growth is for people who are immune compromised or specifically allergic to mold. Symptoms will vary from person to person depending on exposure.
Identifying sources of mold in the attic and the roof cavity
In general, home maintenance should be proactive. This is especially true with attic maintenance because things can get out of control without noticing. An annual attic inspection is the ideal way to ensure that everything is in order, while checking for indications of mold growth.
For homeowners in Toronto, attic insulation should also be inspected for mold growth. This is the best way to identify potential sources of mold, as well as high levels of air moisture. It’s also an opportunity to determine what types of attic upgrades/retrofits might be required.
Mold thrives in the attic – it’s dark, moist, and still. With those conditions, particularly when air moisture is high, mold can quickly become a problem. And because there are so many different types of mold, homeowners should seek professional expertise to identify the source.
Whatever the scope of a mold infestation, remediation should be undertaken by a professional. Mold experts know what to look for – they know which mold species are most hazardous – they know what steps to take for remediating – and they know what precautions are needed.
EcoComfort provides expert mold inspection and remediation
With a mold infestation, any removal and remediation must be professional – this is not the right time for a DIY approach. At EcoComfort, our in-house professionals do it all, from start to finish.
During COVID-19, we continue to serve our customers, taking special care under these special circumstances. Our teams wear protective uniforms and minimize one-on-one physical contact.
In Toronto, and throughout the GTA, contact EcoComfort for all your attic insulation needs. Call 416-333-4554 directly or visit our company website at www.ecocomfortinsulators.ca.