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Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About What Mold In The Attic Means

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Regularly inspecting the conditions of one's attic is a good idea. Not only does it provide a sense of the condition of the roof, but regular inspections also offer a sense of the home's overall condition. Should a homeowner discover signs of mold growth in the attic, it's worth acting quickly and taking a few steps to remedy the underlying situation. Depending on the severity of the issue, it may be necessary to consult with a qualified Colorado Springs roofing contractor over the next step.

In order for mold to grow, it requires a few basic conditions, much as plants do. Mold needs a food source, such as drywall or wood, darkness, warmth, oxygen and moisture. Naturally, mold spores must also be present. If all of these conditions are met and sustained for as little as 24 to 48 hours, mold can begin to grow.

In fact, many of the conditions are already met in the typical attic. Mold spores are virtually always present. The "food source" is provided. The attic is already dark, and there is plenty of oxygen. Therefore, the two critical factors that trigger mold growth are warmth and moisture.

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When the weather turns a bit warmer and more humid than usual or if summer rains persist long enough, mold may begin to grow in any home. However, to reduce the likelihood of mold growth in an attic, the best recourse is ensuring proper ventilation. As long as air can circulate, the attic will stay drier and cooler. National building regulations dictate a certain amount of ventilation, both at the soffits and toward the upper end of the attic.

In more extreme cases of mold growth, the culprit is something more serious than general humidity and warmth. Often, sudden or massive mold growth is caused by leaks, whether a leaking pipe or a leaking roof. At the first evidence of mold growth, check the areas directly "uphill" from mold growth. Often, mold grows first of all in the dampest areas, meaning that it will be highly concentrated directly below the source of the leak. If one finds that the mold is due to roof leaks, it's usually advisable to consult with a qualified roofing professional as soon as possible. The faster action is taken, the better chance of addressing the problem with simpler and more economical solutions.

Mold may form for many reasons. However, all mold growth relies on the presence of a few factors, including warmth and humidity. By targeting and reversing these conditions, it's often possible to nip the problem in the bud.

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