Do You Have Attic Mold? 5 Signs to Look For

Mold is not a fun addition to have in your home. First off, it looks disgusting. Big, black splotches covering your home doesn’t exactly scream “welcome to my beautiful home.” Secondly, mold can cause some pretty bad health issues if it is not taken care of right away. Have you been feeling sick lately and have no idea why? Runny nose and congestion? You haven’t come in contact with anyone who has been sick, but somehow you are. Well this could be because you have mold somewhere in your home and that place could likely be your attic. Many people forget about checking their attic when looking for mold, but attics are just as likely as any other part of your home to get a mold infestation.

Do you have attic mold? Here are 5 signs to look for:

Do You Have Attic Mold? 5 Signs to Look For | Microzyme

Colored Spots

Like any other place in your home that could be infested by mold, your attic will show signs of large, colored spots. Usually the spots will be brown, green, white, or orange and pretty easy to spot. If you find mold in those colors, you’re still alright, but if you find colored spots in dark gray or black, your attic mold is toxic and it will start spreading fast.

Odors

Not every attic smells like a meadow. In fact, it’s rare that one actually does, but when your attic has mold growing in it, you will be able to smell it. Attic mold usually has a musky scent and can smell like old urine. If you’ve ever had wet old newspapers sitting around, it starts taking on a distinct smell. Attic mold will start to smell just like that newspaper.

Patterns

While a lot of mold will just show up as big splotches, something to look out for is a pattern of mold. Black mold tends to grow in a near-perfect circle or crescent moon as it spreads. If you see this pattern, you know you’re not dealing with regular mold.

Location

Mold likes to grow in damp, cool places and your attic is chalk full of those. Mold also likes to work its way into soft materials like wood. Most attics are constructed with wood, and the damp coolness of attics make it the perfect place for mold to start growing. There are also pipes that run through your attic which can sometimes have small leaks. Look for any leaky pipes because mold thrives off of moisture.

Allergy Symptoms

The biggest sign that you have attic mold can be that your allergies have really kicked into high gear, but it isn’t allergy season. Mold can cause allergy-like symptoms that include runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion. If you don’t normally have allergies, but are experiencing these symptoms, you might want to check your attic for mold.

If you think you might have attic mold, but aren’t sure, call MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653 for more tips on what to look for.

 

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