Above: Attic mold discovered during a recent home inspection. The sales transaction was placed on hold until the mold was remediated by Columbus Environmental.
Recently, a customer discovered attic mold in his Upper Arlington home when the buyers’ home inspector uncovered a large area of mold caused by an improperly vented bathroom exhaust fan. Below are a few tips to help prevent mold from taking over your attic.
Fix all known roof leaks immediately. Water intrusion will cause mold growth which can quickly spread throughout your attic and eventually the ceilings and walls of your home.
Make sure all kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans are properly vented outside, not into the attic. I often see cases where a customer has hired a contractor to remodel their bathroom including installing a new bathroom exhaust fan but fail to attach the required exhaust outside. Instead the moisture is allowed to empty into the attic which creates mold. If your bathroom does not have an exhaust fan, consider having one installed or at the very least, open the bathroom window during showers allowing the moisture to escape.
Make sure the insulation in your attic is not blocking soffit vents or any other sources of ventilation. Although we all want our attics to be well insulated and energy efficient, the attic must also be able to breathe which is accomplished by having adequate ventilation via soffit and ideally a ridge vent.
By following the steps above, you should be able to prevent mold growth in your attic and avoid having the unpleasant surprise of having the sale of your property come to a hault until the problem is remediated.
In addition to mold remediation, Columbus Environmental will also trace down the cause of the mold and fix the problem during the remediation. Regardless of roof repairs, roof replacements, ventilation installation, or insulation, Columbus Environmental will make all necessary repairs during the remediation process in order to prevent the mold from returning in the future.
If you suspect mold in your home or office, contact us today for a free no obligation consultation.
Most of the water and moisture entering your basement can be controlled simply by following a few simple home maintenance tips. First, make sure all of your gutters and downspouts are clear and operating correctly. Clean your gutters at least once per year and remove any leaves or other debris that may be causing water to over flow the gutters and pool along your foundation. Second, if you have under ground drain lines connected to your downspouts, make sure the downspouts are connected to the underground drain line. Over time, the downspout may become disconnected or separated from the drain line due to settling. If you do not have underground drain lines for your downspouts, make sure your downspouts have at least a six foot extension at the bottom of the downspout pointing away from the house. Finally, walk around your home and make sure you have a proper grade away from your foundation. If the soil around your foundation is flat or has a negative slope towards your house, this will cause water to pool next to the foundation and eventually drain down into your basement. A general rule of thumb is to have at least a 3″ slope downward away from the foundation and three feet away from your home. The slope should drop 1″ for every foot away from the house. Water will take the path of least resistance so creating a natural runoff will keep the water away from your foundation.
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