Mold thrives in dark, damp places with little air flow. Problems in your attic can allow mold to flourish. The problem is, is that mold growing up in the attic typically doesn’t stay in the attic. Microscopic airborne mold spores released by growing mold migrate into living spaces below, spreading into the inhabited parts of the home.
We at Cousino Restoration know that moisture sources are numerous– bathroom exhaust fans, kitchen exhaust fans, clothes dryers should always vent out and not up into the attic. Less obvious moisture sources are attic bypasses; air leaks that allow warmer, moist air from the house to get into the attic. That is why we want to help protect your Toledo home.
Each place that small cables or wires pass through the top plates of walls into the attic is an opportunity for the holes to leak air. Sealing these gaps can be easily accomplished with a can of foam insulation. Check for attic air leaks around the furnace vent; if there is air leaking into the attic around this chaseway, there will surely be air leaking everywhere else.
Whole-house attic fans can be a major source of air leakage into attics. While they are a solution to poor ventilation, they can also allow rain and damp air in. Whole house fans are designed to be run in the summer only. However, air and water can get in twelve months a year.
Condensation dripping from the HVAC system ducts can accumulate in the attic. Drain lines can become clogged with dirt, rust, algae and other debris. (If the condensate drain pipe gets completely clogged, your AC system drain pan will overflow. This is probably the most frequent cause of water leakage from a central AC system.)
When AC systems are improperly installed drain pipe fittings may not be secure. Over time, they can loosen, causing the drain pipe to disconnect from the AC unit and allowing the condensate to drain through the ceiling or onto the floor.
Other causes of mold in the attic area could be:
Attic insulation provides a perfect habitat for molds. It is an open structure with almost endless surface area providing more than enough nutrients. When water starts is provided, mold can flourish in dark attic spaces.
Attic water damage can originate from above, below, or from sources inside the attic itself. Visit the attic and check for signs of water damage:
If you discover water damage in your attic, or any place in your home, call the experts in Toledo. Cousino Restoration is dedicated to working quickly and efficiently to restore your property. Covering up air leaks with traditional insulation doesn’t stop the air movement; you need to have a plan to correct the problem and restore the damage.
Cousino can use infrared camera to identify these bypasses and leaks and make a plan for your home. A combination of dehumidifiers, fans and moisture monitors used ensures your property is thoroughly dried.
Contact us for more information or emergency response. Four office locations throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan provide our customers with fast, friendly, and local service.