How to prevent attic mold from growing (if it's not too late already)

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Mould is one of the dreaded household issues homeowners hope to never find. While there are a number of places mould can set up camp, a number of homes have mould in their attics. There are a few reasons mould will thrive in an attic space. If you don't have mould in your attic, there are also some ways that you can prevent it from ever growing there in the first place. Poor ventilation in your attic is the number one cause of mould growth there. There are bathroom and kitchen dryer vents that vent into the attic as well as poor insulation. Plumbing vents that also vent into the attic can cause mould. The reason these things cause mould to grow is that they cause a steamy and moist area with improper ventilation and no sunlight, which is the perfect space for mould to thrive. Any warm air that gets trapped under your roof will create condensation on the framing and panelling which creates the perfect home for mould. Also, warm air from the lower parts of your home will rise up into the attic.

So now that you know you have mould in your attic and why, you're going to also want to learn how to remove mould by learning about what kills mould. Learning about what kills mould will also help you to prevent more from growing in the future. You will want to keep checking your attic for mould too after you've found it and once it's been removed. Catching mould early on will make it easier to remove. If the mould problem is too far gone you're going to want to call professional mould removers to take care of the mould for you. If it's just a few patches, you can usually clean it off with some white vinegar or some tea tree oil in some water. Then, to prevent further mould from growing, make sure that you have all of your fans venting to the exterior of your home and outside of the attic. Also, make sure that your cathedral ceilings are insulated properly with proper clearance to the decking surface to promote air circulation.

You also need the plumbing vents to extend through the roof and vent outside. If you need any help with any of this hire a contractor who can come and help you get things sorted out and up to code too.

To keep mould out of your home entirely, make sure that you're keeping the humidity levels low in your home. Invest in a good dehumidifier to keep the air in your home dry which will inhibit mould growth. You'll also want to leave windows open in your bedroom so that excess moisture can escape instead of rising up into the attic. When we're breathing all night long all of the heat and moisture that generates needs to be released from the home, so even just opening your window a small crack can help with this. In your bathroom, if you're taking a hot shower, be sure to run the fan, and if you're in your kitchen boiling or steaming something, make sure to run your hood fan. Also, check your roof for roof leaks in your attic to see if they are the cause of the mould growth as well. Sometimes air vents that are not properly installed will cause leaks and the water build up will cause mould to grow in the attic and then the ceiling. Some leaks might be because you need new shingles on your roof, which will have to be done by a professional.***

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