Why Worry About Moisture in Your Attic?
When was the last time you checked your attic?
Attics and crawl spaces are two of the least visited areas of a house. They’re not only awkward to get to, dirty, full of cobwebs, hot or cold and sometimes damp and musty smelling.
Wait a minute, did you say damp and musty smelling? That could be a problem. Whenever you have these two situations, especially in combination and in your attic you have the potential for mold growth.
Moisture can cause the mold to grow on your attic’s insulation and on the wooden supports. When this happens, it may will result in these materials being replaced.
Two problems with mold
- Mold can be toxic and can cause
- Rashes and skin irritations
- Red, watering and itching eyes
- Coughing and sneezing
- People who have asthma and respiratory problems often have increased symptoms
- Migraine headaches
- Mold will grow and spread if not remediated.
To reduce moisture in the attic:
One way to reduce moisture in the attic is to reduce it in your home.
- Make sure your clothes dryers are vented outside
- Never store firewood in your home
- Avoid using frequent use of humidifiers, not only do they produce about a quart of moisture per hour, they can also impact the quality of your air.
- Repair all plumbing leaks
- Always use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms.
Another way your attic can get too much moisture in it is if your roof is failing or some of your seals and flashings around your vents are not “tight”, or if it’s not vented properly.
With all this in mind, now might be a good time to climb up to your attic and make sure it is dry and “healthy”. If you do find you have a moisture problem, give me a call before a mold problem begins. We can inspect and repair your roof and keep your attic and your home dry and protected.
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