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Most homeowners have dealt with minor mold outbreaks in their bathrooms or basements where hot and moist conditions are often present. Typically, such mold can be removed by scrubbing the walls with a solution of bleach and water. However, homeowners may not be aware that harmful black mold can form in the attic where they may rarely venture. What are some common reasons why mold may form in an attic?

As each house is different, it is impossible to say for sure why mold is growing in a particular location. This is why it is a good idea to call a Charleston roofing professional to assess the situation. After a thorough examination, he or she can provide a better explanation for what has caused the mold growth and how the mold can be removed in a safe manner. In most cases, moisture is trapped in the attic due to poor ventilation or due to a poorly constructed HVAC system.

If an attic is not properly ventilated, air is not allowed to flow into and out of the attic in a timely manner. Instead, it will simply build up inside of the structure and create conditions that are favorable for mold growth. The good news is that the addition of attic vents can improve circulation and prevent mold from returning after it has been removed.

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In some cases, air that flows through a heating or cooling system will vent in the attic, which means a lot of humid and moist air is being dumped into a small space. Depending on how the plumbing is organized within a home, it could transfer moist air all the way from the basement to the attic.

Improper insulation could cause conditions that are ripe for mold growth throughout the year. The warmer air will rise from lower floors to the attic, where it will meet cooler air and cause condensation. This alone can cause excess moisture to develop, which will then be unable to escape if there is not enough ventilation in that space.

As there are many different ways that black mold can form, it is important to call a roofing professional right away. Mold could be a sign of excess moisture caused by a leaking roof or due to a poorly designed attic structure. A contractor may be able to take care of the mold as well as make repairs that could make the home more energy efficient and more comfortable to live in.

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