Please take a guess at how old this roof is pictured in the photograph above. You may estimate a few decades, about 20 or 30 years, and honestly, it seems like a pretty good guess. The mold accumulation on the dilapidated roof suggests that the attic has a few years under its belt. If you guessed 30 years, unfortunately, you did not win the guessing game. In fact, gaging 10 years is still way off the mark. This roof is less than six months old.
That was my reaction too. However, in the Pacific Northwest, mold in attic spaces is not only common and fast growing, but it is also highly possible when roofing companies fail to put in extra effort to double check the ventilation of the property.
The #1 reason for attic mold is condensation. Without proper ventilation hot humid air escapes into the attic creating condensation on the roof sheathing that is perpetually wet and begins to rot and degrade. In worst case scenarios, the attic condensation can be so extreme that water will drip down saturating the insulation and ceiling drywall, causing mold to grow quickly on the inside of a roof like the picture shown above.
How do you know if your ventilation is adequate and installed correctly?
Now, before you assume that the ventilation in your home is in tip top shape, you may want to double check. The most common way to check if your ventilation is working is to check the attic with a flashlight. First, look for discoloration on the attic sheathing which is most likely mold growth. Next, examine the ducting to ensure it is attached and extending outward and not lying in the insulation somewhere. Also, the roof should have vents specific to each ventilation system. One for the bathroom, the kitchen, and the laundry room. It is imperative that the ventilation systems are complete and functional.
I promise you that taking a few minutes to double check your attic will be worth the hundreds of dollars you will save getting rid of mold, or the thousands you will save by not having to replace your roof.
Do you need a new roof or repairs?
Certified Indoor Environmental works with a variety of local roofing companies to ensure your roof project is supported with a well-calculated ventilation plan to ensure mold problems will not be an ongoing issue. Most importantly, our experienced inspectors will identify the cause of the growth and we will fix it. In fact, we guarantee our work for 60-months and our offer is transferrable to new owners if you plan to sell your home in the future.
Our experience provides us with a solid understanding of your needs and deadlines and if you need more reassurance, we have over 1,400 5-star reviews that are a testament to the quality of our service. Our successful track record makes us #1 in our market for attic mold remediation.
CIE | Author – Lynette Schmidt, Business Development Manager | June 30, 2021
Sources: Mark Ritacco, Managing Partner at Certified Indoor Environmental | “Protect Your Assets From Mold Liability” CE Class/Presentation and “Attic Mold – A Guide to Proper Remediation and Prevention”, author Mark Ritacco.
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