Tips for Removing Attic Mold

by Claire on March 14, 2015

Attic mold is one of the types that’s most overlooked when cleaning up mold. The reason for this is that most people just don’t go in their attics often. This can be a huge mistake because attics are the ideal location for dust and moisture to gather.

Where there’s moisture, there’s probably mold. Mold is one of the top reasons that people have allergies and serious health problems that are often passed off as the flu, a cold or just old age. It’s important to know that most health issues can be prevented by mold removal.

Tips for Removing Attic Mold

A leaky roof is one of the most common reasons for attic mold.  This should be fixed right away with the help of HRS Roofing. Water can seep inside through worn shingles and allow the growth of mold. Before removing the mold, you must replace the worn shingles. Otherwise, the mold problem will continue.

Insulation is also another source of mold in attics because it’s prone to moisture absorption. This, in turn, creates the perfect conditions for mold to grow. If the insulation is taken over by mold, it must be discarded and replaced because it can’t be cleaned.

When you’ve repaired or removed the mold’s source, it’s time to start cleaning it up. First, you’ll need to remove anything you’ve been storing close to the mold. They’ll have to be thrown out or cleaned if you see mold on them. Cover anything else that’s left in the area with plastic sheets to keep mold spores from spreading to them.

You need to buy a mold spray specifically created to permanently clean mold. You’ll also need rubber gloves, respiratory mask, eye goggles, scrub brush and clean rags. When you’ve gathered these things, start the process by scrubbing the location with mold using the brush to loosen the mold. Then, apply the spray using the directions from the manufacturer and allow it to set as directed. Rinse the area with clean water and wipe away mold residue using the clean rag. Repeat the process as needed. Seal and throw away anything used in the process.

To keep mold from returning, use some fans or dehumidifiers to completely dry the treated areas before returning any items stored there. If you don’t already have one, buy an exhaust fan. This will help keep air flow circulated while reducing dust and moisture build up.

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