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How Does Attic Mold in My Sarasota Home Form?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

View of inside attic of home Florida’s warm weather and high humidity create a perfect environment for mold and mildew. Inspect your attic often for signs of mold.

Mold Can Occur in Many Areas of Your House, and Our Professionals can Help with Effective Remediation Strategies to Prevent This Situation from Worsening

The presence of mold in your house can be an alarming discovery, especially when you are unsure how the situation developed in your Sarasota property. As fast as these organisms can spread throughout your home, understanding how microbial threats began can ensure that you take the needed precautions to prevent them. We have both remediation technicians and residential contractors that can work simultaneously to help address structural concerns and present colonization to protect both the house and its occupants. 

When you consider how extensive mold remediation is for Sarasota homes, you can appreciate each of the individual steps involved in removing active colonies and recovering the property. These processes often begin with a thorough inspection of the house when you suspect the presence of mold. Low-traffic areas like the attic can often be ideal locations for mold growth when moisture concerns exist. One of the alarming aspects of attic mold is how long these situations can continue before the effects like odors or organism migration can signal homeowners about a problem. 

How Does Mold Damage Form in the Attic? 

Much like anywhere else in your house, mold can form readily in the attic given the right conditions. This harmful organism cannot exist without a higher moisture content in the area, meaning that some situation exists that allows an excess of dampness in the unfinished attic. In most cases, structural damage exists to some degree. It permits enough water and moisture penetration from the outside for naturally occurring mold spores to sit in hosting materials and begin to colonize. There are only a few common causes or catalysts to microbial growth in this upper portion of your property. These include: 

  • Leaks - Structural concerns like roof damage can allow water to push through shingles and underlayment to impact plywood, joists, and other supports exposed in the attic space. Because all of these organic materials are susceptible to mold growth, the organism can spread quickly.
  • Humidity - Because of the position along the Gulf of Mexico, homes here in Sarasota can often contend with excessive humidity and moisture content. Trapped air in your poorly ventilated attic can lead to the appropriate conditions for mold growth.
  • Malfunctioning HVAC – Many Floridians have their air conditioner or HVAC unit installed in their attic space, which can be efficient - yet also problematic - should the unit begin to leak due to situations like a clogged condenser.

What Steps Happen First to Protect the Home? 

As with any Sarasota mold situation, quickly acting can protect your property and its belongings from severe damage. Not only is mold growth potentially health hazardous to those exposed, but the organism can also deteriorate affected materials and hosting surfaces quickly. When our team first arrives, we have several steps that we can take immediately to prevent the organism's spread any farther than it already has gone.  

  • Shutting Down Air Circulation – The duct system of your HVAC appliance can be pathways to each room in your house for active mold spores spreading to new areas. 
  • Containment – By installing a wood framework and thick plastic sheeting, we can isolate the affected areas to stop the spread of mold spores and make drying and remediation more efficient. 
  • Temporary Construction Solutions – There is no mistaking the need to resolve structural damage as it gets discovered, especially roof damage that could continually introduce more water and moisture into the attic space. 

How Do Mold Colonies Get Removed? 

We rely on our experienced remediation technicians to assess mold loss situations efficiently. We understand how quickly these emergencies can get out of control. We ensure that we dispatch the appropriately trained and educated experts on our roster and our building trade professionals. There are multiple strategies for removing microbial threats to structural surfaces. These approaches vary based on the severity of the situation, the material affected, and the damage location. Several of the most common strategies for remediation include: 

  • Sanding
  • Soda Blasting
  • Antimicrobial Treatments
  • Controlled Demolition

You might not recognize when attic mold exists at first, but you can identify the colonies' presence based on telling signs that inevitably develop. From harsh odors to spotting on ceiling materials, you can often note a fungus or microbial growth before it spreads slowly through your home's high traffic areas. Give our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team a call anytime at (941) 552-6319.

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