Many homeowners don't venture into their attic often, and by the time a roof leak is noticed you may already have a mold problem. Southern States Roofing Pros is a full service roofing contractor with the expertise and equipment to diagnose and remove mold from your attic.
Mold in general is caused by the introduction of moisture into a space where mold spores already exist and a food source is present. This means that mold will grow virtually anywhere that moisture becomes a problem. Common causes of attic mold are:
If any of these are occurring in your home, it's highly likely that moisture has been introduced into your attic and you have a mold problem brewing.
Mold will start growing quickly in the presence of moisture, and it can grow in tight, cramped areas. Because of this, it's important to bring in a professional for a mold inspection and mold testing. The experts at Southern States Roofing Pros have the knowledge and equipment to diagnose your mold problem as well as determine an action plan for mold remediation. We know where to look and how to test for moisture leading to mold and will be able to test any mold found to determine the type of mold and best means of removal.
When mold is identified, it needs to be immediately remediated. Mold that is left untreated can cause exceptional damage to the structure in your attic and is a hazard to the health of anyone in the home. At SS Roofing Pros, we can assist with the identification and remediation of mold using the appropriate tools, knowledge, and methods to ensure the safety of your home. When you trust us with the removal of mold in your attic you can rest assured that we will take the appropriate precautions to rid your home of the mold without exacerbating the problem.
Anytime the moisture levels in your home are at 60% or higher, mold can grow. What's frustrating for many property owners is that they don't see a puddle on the floor or water dripping from the ceiling. When mold grows, the source of the moisture is usually hidden under floorboards or behind walls.
It could be. Because mold spores are microscopic and airborne, you'll end up breathing them into your lungs. Depending on the type of mold and how well your immune system functions, you may develop some serious health symptoms that could end up being the result of mold. That's why a mold remediation company takes mold removal so seriously. The space affected by mold is isolated and contained during cleaning so the spores won't spread to other areas of the house, and the remediation team stays suited up in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the process.
For the majority of surfaces in your home, bleach won't actually get rid of your mold problem. It's the "iceberg effect." Visible mold is usually a small percentage of the actual amount of mold growth. Bleach can't kill mold on porous surfaces like wood, and while tile or fiberglass surfaces can be cleaned with bleach, often the mold has spread far deeper. The reason why mold remediation companies don't recommend DIY cleanup isn't because they want to make more money; they know, in their experience, that a mold problem is usually far more invasive than can be seen with the naked eye. Simply cleaning the surfaces can provide false assurances that you got rid of the mold, only to have it come back time and time again.
Sometimes mold remediation is included if the cause of the mold was a "covered peril" like a burst hot water heater or water damage caused by firefighters extinguishing a fire in your house. Gradual water damage - like from a leaking pipe or hose - will often cause mold growth, but your insurance coverage will usually not cover that by claiming that it was caused by poor maintenance or neglect. If your insurance company denies your claim, you should request an inspection from a mold remediation company who can help you document the source of the mold.
If the inspection/assessment process was able to pinpoint the source and cause of the mold growth, once that source is repaired, you can be relatively confident about the success of remediation. Ask if your restoration technician has the IICRC certification for "Applied Microbial Remediation." You can also request a "post remediation mold clearance" from a third-party mold inspector to re-test the area for any remaining traces of mold before the area is treated with a sealer or encapsulant to resist future mold growth.