Stories surrounding mold infestations in properties appears to be more prevalent these days. Hitherto, there have been several stories surrounding mold issues in both residential properties and commercial properties; from articles regarding one of the LAPD stations to elementary schools with mold issues.
Recently, an article featured on the ABC 7 News website was featured an Indoor Air Quality Association publication (we are privy to these articles due to our membership to this association). In the article, one of the reporters from ABC 7 delved into the health affects of mold, as she consulted with Dr. Karen Schafer of the Lawton Community Health Center.
In the featured article, Dr. Schafer discloses some of the more innocuous ways in which mold can develop, such as with "triple digit temperatures and humidity". This is why, as certified inspectors, we always measure the relative humidity inside properties we inspect to deduce if there is a naturally occurring source for mold growth. Dr. Schafer goes on to discuss how the most common symptoms of mold exposure are upper respiratory issues-with those who suffer from asthma being more susceptible,
"Meaning sinusitis, recurring sinusitis or allergic reactions, asthma can be flared so if you are usually under good control and now that it is harder to control you are having to take more of your inhaler use there is sometimes a hyper sensitivity luminous which means lungs so an inflammation of the lungs reacting to that and that would be a chronic cough or chronic shortness of breath," -Dr. Schafer.
If you fear you may have a mold issue in your property, and are located in the Orange County area (or surrounding areas, CONTACT Mold Mitigation Professionals to help assess your situation and ease your worries.
View the full ABC 7 News article HERE.
A constant source of frustration in properties is with mold growth in attics, whether it be on rafters, on insulation or joists. One of the reasons this area is more inclined to mold growth than other areas of a property is because of the potential for high humidity in the area, as well as the lack of ventilation. There are also other considerations, such as roof leaks.
To address the humidity issue, the area should be kept well ventilated. In a given area, relative humidity greater than 65% makes the area susceptible to mold growth. This is why inspectors tend to take measurements throughout the property with a hygrometer to deduce whether or not relative humidity is a contributing factor to potential mold growth in a property. Regarding ventilation, the rule of thumb in an attic space is that there should be 1 square foot of ventilation per 300 square feet of attic space. The type of ventilation required is dependent on the size of the space, the airflow in the area, the design and structure of the roof and the climate. It is best advised to consult with a roofing contractor if ventilation needs are not currently met in your property.
The various types of ventilation that can be considered include the following:
Other issues which can create mold issues in the attic include:
On top of mitigating against mold in the attic, enhancing the ventilation in your attic can also reduce energy costs in the winter time. Always consult with a licensed roofing contractor regarding ventilation systems in the attic. Always consider the potential for disturbing Asbestos containing materials when performing any work on a property built prior to 1980.
If mold is discovered in the attic, it can be assessed by a mold inspector based on the source of mold, as well as tested using surface sampling. When mold is discovered in attics, air sampling is generally conducted directly below the attic access point.
If you suspect you have a mold concern in your attic and would like a specialist assessment, CONTACT us here at Mold Mitigation Professionals and let us help you ease your concern. Providing mold inspection and mold testing services throughout Orange County and surrounding areas.
Note: This information is not intended for personal installation or guidance. Further information and guidance on what will specifically work for your home and attic, always consult with a licensed professional and follow health and safety protocols.
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