Mold loves attics and basements. Why? Because mold only needs two ingredients to grow – mold spores and moisture – and attics and basements have plenty of both. Mold spores stay pretty harmless on their own, but once they get exposed to moisture, they turn into full-fledged mold. Basements can pull mold spores and moisture up from the ground, and attics can pull them from the air surrounding the house and from your HVAC system. Combine these conditions with the high humidity in our area, and your attic and basement become the perfect breeding grounds for mold. Don't despair, though. ANR Restoration is here to help.
If you see signs of mold or have experienced water damage or water leaks in your attic or basement, call ANR Restoration. Our IICRC-certified technicians will identify, assess, and eliminate any mold from your home or business. We offer 24/7 emergency service because disaster doesn't care about convenience.
Most people aren't surprised to find mold in their basements. However, many people are amazed to find if there's mold in the basement, that there is probably mold in the attic, too. People tend to see the attic as the opposite of the basement. If the basement is cool and damp, then the attic must be warm and dry. However, that's not always the case. Many different factors can make an attic just as moldy as a basement. For example, your ventilation system might not be working as well as you think it is. When your attic vents can't release moisture into the air, that moisture gets stuck. By the way, if your heating and cooling bills have gotten a bit high recently, you should probably check your attic for mold. The higher bills may be a sign of poor ventilation.
Of the rooms in your house, the attic has the least amount of protection against the elements. When temperatures shift and cause condensation or moisture, your attic will face the consequences. Other elements can lead to a moldy attic, too. For example, mold may be using your attic insulation as a food source. Furthermore, attics tend to be dark, which is the kind of environment that mold prefers.
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On our mold remediation page, we discussed some of the issues that make mold particularly challenging. First, mold remediation does not work unless you get rid of every last bit of it. Mold generates more mold. If you leave even the tiniest bit of it behind, it has enough of itself left to continue growing. Second, the fact that mold hides in dark places makes it especially challenging. It tends to stick to corners and other places that are hard to clean. You can't clean what you can't see, and even when you do see it, you often need specific tools to get the job done the right way.
Attic and basement mold adds some extra challenges to the mix. First, these rooms are full of those dark corners and hiding places mentioned above. Second, rainwater and other weather elements get into these rooms more easily than other rooms. Third, when your HVAC system is in your attic or basement, it can blow mold spores into the rest of your home.
Finally, the biggest problem comes from the fact that people don't spend a lot of time in their attics and basements. Think about it. You notice mold right away when it shows up in your bathroom because you use that room every day. You spray with a mold-killing cleaning product and then move on. When mold sprouts in your attic or basement, however, you won't see it, so you won't get rid of it. As a result, that mold will grow until you finally do venture into the room. By that point, you already have a major problem on your hands.
Once you discover mold in your attic or basement, you should hire a professional to get rid of it right away. Mold causes health problems, especially for those who are allergic or sensitive to it. Some of those health problems include the following:
If you or someone in your family has complained about any of these things, attic and basement mold may be the problem.
Furthermore, this mold, as we mentioned, won't quit growing until you get rid of all of it. Eventually, mold will spread from the attic or basement into the rest of your house if you don't remove it quickly. Sometimes, when mold buries itself too deeply into a structure, we have to tear the structure down and rebuild it completely. This process is far more challenging for attics and basements than it is for other areas of the house. It's best to take care of the problem before it reaches that point.
You should never try to get rid of a major mold problem by yourself. The cleanup process will release mold spores into the air, and breathing in those spores can be bad for your health. It can be tough for homeowners to get every last bit of mold out of their attics and basements. At ANR Restoration, we're experts on mold. We've studied different types of mold, and we understand how it grows. Knowing the science behind mold growth has boosted our ability to eliminate it.
Our mold remediation team never does a job halfway through. Other companies may leave hidden mold behind, collect your money, and then walk away. Some may even leave mold behind on purpose, hoping that when it grows back, you'll call them again and pay them even more to remove it the second time. Your team from ANR Restoration will never do that to you. Your safety and satisfaction mean everything to us. Many of our team members have families of their own, so we do everything we can to keep families safe from mold hazards.
Anytime the moisture levels in your home are at 60% or higher, mold can grow. What's frustrating for many property owners is that they don't see a puddle on the floor or water dripping from the ceiling. When mold grows, the source of the moisture is usually hidden under floorboards or behind walls.
Each water-damaging event presents an opening for mold to grow from dormant spores or other microbial growth. The source and type of water, as well as the volume of the water, the ambient temperature, and the length of time the moisture has been present, all have a direct bearing on the amount and types of microbial growth species. It is critical to take action as soon as you understand that a water damage loss has occurred. Growth can begin within 72 hours in some cases.
It could be. Because mold spores are microscopic and airborne, you'll end up breathing them into your lungs. Depending on the type of mold and how well your immune system functions, you may develop some serious health symptoms that could end up being the result of mold. That's why ANR Restoration takes mold removal so seriously. The space affected by mold is isolated and contained during cleaning so the spores won't spread to other areas of the house, and the remediation team stays suited up in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the process.
For the majority of surfaces in your home, bleach won't actually get rid of your mold problem. It's the "iceberg effect." Visible mold is usually a small percentage of the actual amount of mold growth. Bleach can't kill mold on porous surfaces like wood, and while tile or fiberglass surfaces can be cleaned with bleach, often the mold has spread far deeper. The reason why ANR Restoration doesn't recommend DIY cleanup isn't that we want to make more money; we know that a mold problem is usually far more invasive than can be seen with the naked eye. Simply cleaning the surfaces can provide false assurances that you got rid of the mold, only to have it come back time and time again.
Sometimes mold remediation is included if the cause of the mold was a "covered peril" like a burst hot water heater or water damage caused by firefighters extinguishing a fire in your house. Gradual water damage - like from a leaking pipe or hose - will often cause mold growth, but your insurance coverage will usually not cover that by claiming that it was caused by poor maintenance or neglect. If your insurance company denies your claim, you should request an inspection from a mold remediation company that can help you document the source of the mold.
If the inspection/assessment process was able to pinpoint the source and cause of the mold growth, once that source is repaired, you can be relatively confident about the success of remediation. Ask if your restoration technician has the IICRC certification for "Applied Microbial Remediation." All techicians at ANR Restoration have this certification and numerous others, so if you hire ANR, you can rest assured your team is experienced in mold remediation. You can also request a "post-remediation mold clearance" from a third-party mold inspector to re-test the area for any remaining traces of mold before the area is treated with a sealer or encapsulant to resist future mold growth.
If you're dealing with mold in your attic or basement, then give ANR Restoration a call. Our team of experienced experts is here to keep your home clean and safe for your whole family. Contact us for your free estimate today.Call Now (812) 246-8791