Check Your Attic: Ventilation, Insulation and Mold

As you plan your next home projects, there is one task to add to your list: Check your attic. It is important to inspect your attic…

As you plan your next home projects, there is one task to add to your list: Check your attic. It is important to inspect your attic regularly, but most attics get little attention. Fall is a great time to prepare for winter weather. If you notice a white color or other discoloration on your attic rafters or plywood call a professional to check it out.

Checking and updating your attic now will ensure your home is protected from winter weather and ready for next summer’s hot temps. Although it’s important for all areas of your home to be insulated, your attic is particularly important because the majority of energy waste occurs through your home’s attic if it’s not properly insulated.

Correctly insulating your attic space will help keep heat where it belongs – in your living space! If your attic has inadequate insulation, sealing air leaks and adding blown-in fiberglass insulation can create a complete thermal blanket.

Proper ventilation is also an important part of an effective fiberglass insulation attic system. Attic ventilation helps facilitate proper airflow through the attic space. This allows the entire attic system to work effectively, prevents moisture build-up and lets the insulation to do its job.

When inspecting your attic, be sure to check for mold. Mold can grow if your attic is not properly ventilated or has water damage from roof leaks. Mold affects your home’s structural integrity, indoor air quality and can cause health issues. If you think your home may have mold, be sure to hire a qualified mold remediation company.

Now is the time to check and upgrade your attic insulation! Contact our office to schedule your insulation consultation today!

 

Three Ways to Minimize Mold

Mold in a home can cause a variety of problems for homeowners and builders. Mold can affect indoor air quality, create health issues for occupants, and be a complicated problem to fix.

In order for mold to grow it needs mold spores to be present (which are all around), moisture, and warm temperatures. While all three elements are necessary for mold to grow, moisture regulation is a significant contributor that can be managed.

While moisture in a home is impossible to avoid, there are a few simple ways to decrease the likelihood of developing mold:

  1. Seal the Building Envelope.
    Properly air sealing wall cavities helps keep moist outside air out of the home. If needed, allow drying time for the materials before closing up the wall. This should include carefully monitoring humidity levels on the job site.
  2. Add Proper Ventilation.
    When a building is air sealed, it’s important to have a proper ventilation system. This helps move out any damp air that could contribute to mold issues in the home.
  3. Seal Basement Box Sills.
    One of the most common areas where mold growth is found is on basement rim joists and box sills. When basement box sills are insulated with fiberglass batts and not air sealed, moist outside air can infiltrate the home and mold can build up behind these batts. Insulating and sealing box sills with spray foam insulation can prevent infiltration of moist outside air.

Taking the necessary steps to prevent mold from the beginning will save headaches and money for homeowners. Concerned about mold in your home? We can help. Contact us for a free estimate.