Tips for Preventing Mold Growth in Your Attic
Controlling a mold outbreak in any area of your home can be costly, frustrating, and challenging. Mold can put you and your housemates at risk for asthma episodes, allergic reactions, and an array of other respiratory problems. This is why it’s important to prevent mold growth in the first place so that it doesn’t have a chance to spread. While most people take precautions to prevent mold outbreaks in basements and bathrooms, they often forget about the attic. To reduce the chances of a mold outbreak, follow these essential tips for preventing mold growth in your attic.
Insulate your attic properly
Most homes are under-insulated which can lead to leaks and increased condensation. This combination creates a moist environment that provides the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Properly insulating your attic is crucial to prevent the spread of mold in your home. Doing so will also reduce the amount of air that escapes your attic—this will save you money on your heating and cooling bill.
Increased air movement will help reduce moisture and mold accumulation in your attic. It’s important to properly ventilate your attic, so the air constantly moves. To do so, you can add vents in your roof or install a ceiling fan. If you already have vents, ensure they’re unobstructed and promote continuous air flow.
Redirect your home’s ventilation system
Many homes have ventilation systems that direct air from the bathroom into the attic. If your vent blows air from other areas of your house into your attic, you risk overwhelming the ventilation system; this will make it less efficient at reducing moisture. Your vents should always blow air to the outside of your home to prevent mold in your attic.
Inspect the area regularly
Since people don’t typically spend much time in their attic as opposed to other areas of their home, they may not notice any ventilation or insulation issues until a mold outbreak has already begun. To prevent mold growth in your attic, it’s important to regularly inspect the area for leaks or other mold-inducing elements.
At Paragon Protection, we offer premium insulation installation services to ensure your home is properly sealed. To be proactive about preventing mold growth in your home, contact our Hawthorn Woods attic insulation contractors. You can choose from multiple options, which includes spray foam insulation, compact insulation, batts and roll fiberglass insulation, blown-in fiberglass insulation, and cellulose insulation. For more information about our services and insulation options, contact us.