Venting Your Attic Space – Tips from Mike Holmes!
Spring is a great time to check your roof and attic after a long winter. A season of ice and snow storms can cause damage to the roof that may be letting water creep into your attic. If your attic space can’t properly deal with moisture and water – you could be looking at dealing with lasting problems like mold and rot.
Venting Your Attic Space
Your attic needs to be properly vented to allow air movement. Your attic is a cold zone, meaning that the temperature and humidity in the attic should match the outdoor air. You will need to properly insulate the space so heat doesn’t escape from your home into the attic, and there needs to be enough vents to promote air flow – and they can’t be covered by insulation.
You need to pay attention to the rest of your home, too. For example, if your kitchen or bathroom fans aren’t properly vented, that could be causing a lot of moisture to build up in your attic space – which you know can lead to mold and rot.
What to do if you have mold?
You want to deal with mold as soon as you can. Not only can mold cause health concerns such as allergic reactions or asthma attacks, it is also detrimental to your house. Mold will eat away at your insulation and support structures, and that spells trouble for your attic.
I hear from a lot of homeowners who think they can clean mold with a solution containing bleach, but that couldn’t be more wrong. Bleach takes care of surface mold on non-porous surfaces, but doesn’t attack it at the source, allowing it to grow back.
The first thing you will need to do is deal with your moisture issues. Whatever is causing moisture to gather in your attic needs to be solved before you tackle the mold it has left behind. By treating the mold before solving what’s causing the moisture, you’re leaving behind a huge source of the problem that could lead to larger issues later on. If you’re having issues with moisture and you aren’t able to bring in an expert to inspect your attic, you can use a product like Concrobium Moisture Grabbers, which will pull excess moisture from the space into the pouch in areas that are prone to humidity.
Make sure you’ve properly insulated the attic, and that you have enough open vents to promote air flow. Not only will this help prevent mold, you should also see a change on your energy bills because you’ve taken steps to make your home more airtight.
Getting Rid of Mold
Once you’ve taken care of any ventilation issues, it’s now time to take on your mold remediation project.
Apply Concrobium Mold Control to affected areas in your attic. Once the solution has been applied and dries, the mold is crushed down to the root – eliminating the problem, and the solution also leaves an invisible antimicrobial shield preventing mold from regrowing. You may find that there is some minor staining or residue left, you can scrub the surface with Concrobium Mold Stain Eraser – but once cleaning is complete, you will need to cover the space with another layer of the Mold Control spray to provide continued mold resistance.
You might think that because your attic is out of sight, you can keep it out of mind when it comes to home improvement. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Your attic can be a major source of heat loss for your home, leading to a host of moisture issues that, if left alone, can turn into costly problems.