Why Winter Triggers Attic Mold
Posted in Mold Removal, on December 11, 2023
A substantial portion of calls for mold removal services are the result of an outbreak that is festering in the attic. Unfortunately, while the presence of intruding mold spores makes itself known in a number of ways, from pungent odours to stubborn coughs, detecting the location of an outbreak without expert intervention can make remediation unlikely because the attic is so far out of everyday life. In the winter many expect their need for attic mold removal in Toronto to be significantly reduced, but the truth is cold weather isn’t the cure for mold you might hope for it to be. If you suspect that there is attic mold that needs to be addressed during the winter, contact the experts at Canada’s Restoration Services for reliable, prompt, and licensed mold removal services.
Traditional Causes of Mold in the Attic
Mold spores are attracted to attics for several reasons. In the attic the primary trigger for an outbreak is moisture. Factors such as humidity or water vapour in the air and leaks can compromise nearby organic materials like insulation and wood which end up serving as a food source for mold spores trapped in the area of the home. The influx of heat in the attic compared to other areas of the home further accelerates the growth of outbreaks.
What Makes Mold Persist in Winter
With the heat, humidity and rainy weather subsiding most people would expect the opportunity for mold infestations to dwindle. However, due to heating elements working harder and challenging weather conditions, infestations can still occur at full force. Because of the abundance of insulation, wood, and even gypsum, water damage from ice damming, roof leaks, and ventilation problems can cause mold spores to reproduce rapidly. If you have a mold outbreak in the winter, schedule professional attic mold removal in Toronto with our experts at Canada’s Restoration Services to eliminate infestations before summer weather makes it worse.
How to Know if There is Mold in Your Attic
Visually, mold appears in various forms. Look for black, green, or gray patches on surfaces like insulation, wood, or drywall. These patches can spread rapidly if moisture levels remain unchecked. Additionally, mold often presents as a fuzzy texture, resembling spots or irregular patterns on surfaces. However, if you don’t frequent the attic, identifying the visual indications of mold can be challenging, unless the outbreak has penetrated through the floor of the attic onto the ceiling of the floor above.
Outside of the attic, you may be able to detect an infestation by its undeniable smell. Mold emits a distinct, earthy smell that intensifies in enclosed areas. If there's an unusual and persistent odor, it might indicate hidden mold growth. If you smell mold, can’t see mold, but have been challenged by water damage or ventilation problems, contact a professional restoration company about mold removal services.
Keep Your Winter Free of Mold with Canada’s Restoration Services
Embrace all the joys of winter and keep mold off your mind and out of your home with comprehensive mold removal services from Canada’s Restoration Services. From mold inspections to removal and cleanup, we will help you turn your home back into a healthy space.