Advanced Mold Diagnostics, LLC is an environmental consulting company located in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
For many of us, no matter how hard we try to keep our homes dry and free of mold and mildew, we often forget about certain places in our basements and attics. People who live in warm and damp climates, even if it only gets hot and humid for a month or two out of the entire year, tend to have the most trouble staying on top of mold infestations. Excess moisture is one of the leading causes of mold growth in homes, so it could very well be that a mold infestation in your attic might be growing as a result of a roof leak or poor ventilation. This infestation can gradually become more widespread if left unresolved, so as soon as it becomes apparent to you, you need to begin to research how to kill mold in your attic.
How to Kill Mold in Your Attic: Start with a Professional Assessment
Although it is possible that your mold infestation is relatively small and easy to clean up on your own (see below for advice on cleaning mold from your home), not all mold growth will be visible from any surface in your home. Hiring a professional mold diagnostic service is a critical step in determining the full extent of mold growth in your attic. While you may not even smell the slightest hint of mold in your basement, bathrooms, kitchen, or other rooms in your home, the discovery of mold in your attic could be indicative of a deeper, more systemic mold problem.
When considering what mold removal service to go with, a company that will provide assistance even if professional remediation is not necessary is the best bet. Here at Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we do just that. If the infestation is severe, we strongly recommend our professional remediation services for cleanup and prevention of further growth. However, if we catch your mold problem before it has spread too far, we offer the following instructions for cleaning the infested area and how to kill mold in your attic thoroughly.
Simple but Effective Ways to Kill Mold in Your Attic
- First and foremost, take care of the source: if your roof is leaking, patch the leaks. If the attic is poorly ventilated, install an attic exhaust fan to improve air flow.
- Remove your belongings from your attic. Wear gloves, safety goggles, and a mask to protect yourself from active spores as you work in the attic. Seal items in thick trash bags and place them outside to dry. If you have any clothing, insulation, or other material that appears to have been damaged by mold, consider discarding any items that cannot be easily cleaned.
- Seal the attic by placing plastic sheets over vents and other openings. This will prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas of your home.
- When the area is sealed off from the rest of your home, use fans, a heater, or a dehumidifier to dry the mold. This will prevent spores from multiplying and spreading.
- Use a safe but effective cleaning solution to begin removing the mold from all surfaces where it appears. Some people use bleach, while others prefer solutions that are safer for wood surfaces. Natural and safe fungicidal ingredients include tea tree oil, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. You can mix any of these solutions in a spray bottle, spray the affected area, and let it sit for about an hour before scrubbing and drying the area.
- Check the area frequently after you have cleaned it, making sure that humidity and leaks are not posing a threat of mold growth returning to your home.
If you would like more advice on how to kill mold in your attic, or for more information on mold detection and remediation services, contact Advanced Mold Diagnostics today.