Attic mold is a common problem within the Midwest, especially within the Kansas City metro area where we have such drastic weather changes throughout the year. Attic mold can take on many types of mold, but one of the most common molds found in attics is black mold. You have probably heard of the dangers of black mold, but why would it matter if it is in the attic?
The immediate and primary concern with mold in the attic is when there are air ducts running through the attic. These air ducts are not sealed tight and the ability for mold spores to enter the ductwork and then circulate mold spores throughout the home is high. Even in attics that do not have ductwork, you still have vent pipes, plumbing lines, etc that all create an “air access point” for toxic mold to affect other areas of the home.
Attic mold can grow and thrive in most attics. Attics many times create the perfect moisture, temperature, and food source for mold to thrive. There are many different contributing factors to mold in attics. Some of the most common reasons are inadequate insulation depth, water damage from ice damming, roof leaks and insufficient airflow due to blocked or insufficient number of air vents.
Even home inspectors are known for ignoring attics during their inspections. This is one of the many reasons we recommend mold inspections whenever you are in the process of buying or selling your home. In addition, the dark environment of an attic makes it a common reason for home inspectors to dismiss mold discoloration as dirt. This is where a certified, trained and experienced mold professional knows the difference between mold and dirty surfaces. Attics just need a thorough and detailed inspection, but most of the time, it doesn’t happen even when you hire a professional home inspector.
First, let’s go through the following list of myths that are commonly heard:
- If you can’t smell or see mold then there isn’t any mold present
- Mold removal of any size can be done by anyone or DIY
- Mold removal suits and protocols is overkill and not needed for health or safety
- Mold can be killed with bleach
- Mold spores cannot affect the air quality if it is painted over with Kilz
Now, moving on to some REAL FACTS about attic mold;
- Mold is often hidden in dark, undisturbed place
- Mold can be toxic and can create serious health effects or illnesses
- Mold symptoms vary from person to person
- Mold needs to be removed by a professional if over 10 sq. feet by EPA
- ALL types of mold become toxic in a short amount of time