Attic Mold in the Summer: How Bad Is It and What Can You Do About It?

You may already know that mold thrives in the summer months, especially in a place like Chicago. That’s why it’s important to be careful this time of year and be aware of the risks. The fact of the matter is that, at ProCare Restoration, the main issue we deal with in the summer is attic mold. 

Here’s why attic mold is worse in the summer

Attic mold is very common and it can be caused by a couple of different factors. If your home has an attic, you need to check it frequently, especially after heavy summer rains. These rains can expose leaks in your roof that you didn’t know about. And if there’s a leak in your roof, there will almost certainly be mold in your attic.

The other thing to watch out for is bathroom vents. If your bathroom has a dehumidifying fan–and it should if you want to avoid mold growing there–then you need to determine where it’s releasing all the moisture it captures. Unfortunately, a lot of these fans are installed wrong, releasing moisture directly into the attic, rather than the outside air. If this is the case with your bathroom fan, you’ll almost certainly get attic mold.

Another reason attic mold is worse in the summer is that attics typically have little to no ventilation. So if their absorbing moisture from summer rainfall or faulty bathroom fans, they have no way to release that moisture. As a result, mold spores began feeding on this excess water and ultimately cause a mold infestation in your attic. This is especially true during the summer heat since attics aren’t typically air conditioned and mold thrives on warmth.

So schedule a mold inspection with ProCare Restoration this season. Just because attic mold is worse in the summer, doesn’t mean your health or home should suffer for it!

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