Certified Attic Mold Removal Services for Homeowners Throughout the Chicagoland Area
Do you have mold in the attic of your Chicagoland, Illinois, home? If you can smell a strong odor coming from your attic space, or the wood framing, roof, and insulation are wet, these are strong signs that mold remediation might be needed. Don’t worry. Alliance Restoration has extensive experience providing attic mold removal services in the Chicagoland area and can quickly restore healthy conditions in your home.
Serving local homeowners since 2006, Alliance Restoration holds numerous industry certifications, including from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration for mold removal. Indeed, we are experts in attic mold abatements and have countless satisfied customers to our name. We go beyond simply removing mold—we help you rectify the issues that caused it in the first place. During our inspection process, we will uncover the issues you may have with ventilation, fans, and humidity that are causing an unhealthy level of moisture that promotes mold growth.
Does Attic Mold Need to Be Removed?
Simply put, yes, attic mold should be addressed as soon as it is detected. Left untreated, attic mold can spread rapidly, which can cause unhealthy air quality conditions in your home. In fact, mold can be dangerous to health, especially for those with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or allergies.
Additionally, while mold itself will not cause structural damage in your attic, it is a clear sign that the conditions are right for other problems, such as rot and fungal decay, which can be destructive. By addressing the root cause of mold growth in your attic, Alliance Restoration helps to protect the structural integrity of your home over the long term.
How to Get Rid of Attic Mold
If you find mold in your attic, you might be tempted to try to remove it yourself with a store-bought chemical solution. However, this is almost certainly a bad idea. Without expertise in mold remediation, it can be easy to put your health at risk from exposure to mold and chemicals. What’s more, mold will likely return soon after you’ve treated it, as it can be difficult to identify every surface where mold has taken root. Most importantly, simply treating the mold will do nothing to address the conditions that allowed it to grow in the first place.
Backed by decades of experience in attic mold removal, the experts at Alliance Restoration have the expertise needed to ensure your project is successful. Following a thorough inspection, we’ll set up barriers to prevent mold from spreading further. Then, we’ll properly treat the mold, strictly adhering to industry guidelines. Finally, we’ll determine the cause of your attic mold and develop a customized plan to prevent recurrences.
Why Do I Have Mold in My Attic?
Improper Bath Fan to Soffit Venting
Soffit vents usually allow fresh air to flow into the attic, but they do not provide an exhaust mechanism. The best way to vent a bath fan out of the attic is through a vent in the roof itself. However, sometimes bath fans vent through a soffit. In some cases, vent ducts route to the area of the soffit but do not attach to it or seal properly. When this is the case, moist air exiting the bath fan duct gets caught up in the air entering the attic space from the soffit, causing attic mold. As part of our attic mold inspection, we will check ventilation methods and make suggestions for mold abatement.
Bath Fans Venting into Attic
A bath fan that vents directly into the attic is a guaranteed attic mold problem and oftentimes homeowners require professional attic mold removal services as a result. Bathrooms with tubs or showers can generate a great deal of moisture, and bath fans work to remove this moisture from the bathroom space. This is a great system as long as the fan does not simply relocate the moisture to another area within the confines of the home. Moisture inside the home, including within the attic, has a high potential for becoming a mold problem. A big part of maintaining good indoor air quality is making sure all bath and kitchen vents lead to the outdoors.
Blocked Soffit Vents
Proper attic ventilation welcomes fresh air in and pushes moist air out. Generally speaking, attic ventilation relies on the fact that heat rises. Cooler, fresh air enters into the lower attic through soffit vents. Warmer attic air exits out through a higher ridge vent and/or multiple roof vents. This air exchange helps keep moisture purged from the attic space. If your soffit vents are blocked, this prevents or reduces the amount of incoming air. The less incoming fresh air you have, the less chance you have for ridding unwanted moisture from the attic space, thus increasing the risk of developing attic mold.
Humidifier Set Too High
Is your HVAC system over-humidifying your indoor air? It is best if you can maintain the relative humidity level within your home to between 40% and 60%. As far as mold growth is concerned, we like to see indoor humidity levels kept below 60%. During winter months our air can get very dry, and some HVAC units include humidifiers to add moisture to the air. If these humidification units malfunction, the indoor humidity levels can exceed 60% and contribute to mold growth including in the attic space. We feel it is a good practice to keep an indoor humidity meter handy to make sure your home stays below 60% relative humidity at all times.
Does your attic have enough ventilation? Remember that heat rises, so homes naturally vent out the roof. Moisture that develops within the home from cooking, bathing, dishwashing, etc., can end up in the attic space. This can be fine, as long as there is an adequate airflow exiting the attic to carry the moisture out with it. If your attic does not have adequate ventilation, or if there is too much moisture being produced in your home, attic mold removal and remediation may be necessary to correct the issues you’ll have at some point.
Schedule Your Free Attic Inspection
If you suspect that the attic in your Chicagoland area home has mold, don’t wait. Contact the mold removal experts at Alliance Restoration today for a free inspection.