Mold can be detrimental for a house and for the health of its inhabitants. We live in a pretty humid area, which is great for vegetation but make things tricky concerning mold. From dump basements to old leaky roofs and badly installed bathroom fans, keeping mold at bay isn’t always easy.
We take several measures to passively and actively combat high humidity, especially in one of the most difficult spots: the attic. I am determined to keep our attic mold free and healthy for us, since it came to our attention during the home inspection.
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Before we bought our house, the inspector (always use – a good – one!) discovered mold in the attic. We almost didn’t buy the house but a solution was found. The previous owners hired a company to professionally get rid of it.
The attic was emptied of the insulation, washed with chemicals, scraped and cleaned and finally, they applied a special paint that protects and prevents future growth.
Look at this clean beauty
(photo taken almost two years after the treatment):
For good measure, I keep checking the attic at least annually. We do have very good and thick insulation but, the humidity comes in from the roof, the vents and of course, some is bound to escape through cracks and connections. Mostly, the humidity comes from outside and the high heat in the summer, creates a too cozy environment for mold issues.
Even if ones house has perfect air flow in the attic, it will only circulate humid hot air from outside, during the warm months. Soffit vents on their own are not enough but they do help. We have plans on adding soffit vents (to improve the air flow) but until the budget allows it, we took a few easier and still very effective steps:
1. We made sure the bathroom fans are well sealed. This is my usual royal we. It was the hubby and my father in law, that went up the attics, sealed the fans and made sure everything was tightly in place.
2. We keep the insulation adequate and fluff, to mitigate hot air through any ceiling openings.
3. We check annually for any signs of mold growth. So far the special paint seems to be working lovely. Even in a house that never had mold before, I would still check, especially in high humidity areas like here in New England.
4. We add – several – closet dehumidifiers. We change them every year as they fill all the way to the brim!
These are my favorite closet dehumidifiers. I buy ones that are fragrance free and they indeed have zero smell (I can’t stand chemical smells) and boy – oh boy – do they absorb humidity!
This post contains affiliate links but I am not affiliated with the particular product in any way. I just use it since we bought the house and I am satisfied with it. You can find it at home improvement stores, walmart and here are some amazon links to help your search:
airBOSS Closet Dehumidifier pack of 6 (<- zero fragrance) This is what we buy and we prefer to buy boxes to lower the cost (they are cheaper in bulk than per unit).
airBOSS Anywhere Dehumidifier with Activated Charcoal (<- zero fragrance) This is what I will try next year.
We buy our dehumidifiers by the boxes, we place 5-10 per attic (we have two). Basically, we consider the total volume of the area we want dehumidified, using highly advanced mathematics of the sort “this look like it’s *THIS* big” and “it looks like five closets big so, we will place five dehumidifiers“.
Our method is highly accurate as you can see.
Does anybody else feels that all new house contractors should always finish the attics with anti mold treatments – or is it just me?
Hubby is never thrilled about going up the attic but
– after enough nagging –
he valiantly undertakes the adventure. 🙂
What measures do you take to make sure mold never makes a home out of your home?
Have you thought of checking your attic for mold?
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