How to get rid of mold in the attic

There are many ways to get mold in your attic. It could be form disasters like a flood or storm where your home was damaged and moisture got in. You may have had an infestation of some sort of animal that left food and urine residue, or died. You may live in an extremely humid area where mold is just a way of life. No matter what the reason, mold is a serious matter. It can ruin the precious items in your home, cause major structural damage, and cost thousands of dollars in repairs, and cause health issues for you and your family. While it is best to contact a professional mold remediation service to be sure your home is cleaned properly, there are some things you can do yourself to make your home safer. Start by Emptying out your attic. Place all objects in tightly sealed trash bags, and take them outdoors. Go through the bags and whatever can be saved should be laid out to dry. Carefully check the insulation between your rafters. If the insulation has been wet, you should remove it and have it replaced. Make sure the wood is completely dry before replacing insulation.

The contaminated insulation should be placed in sealed trash bags and thrown away. If your attic is a finished out area and it got really wet, you may have to tear out the paneling or dry wall and replace it. Make sure your attic is dried completely before proceeding. You may be able to just open windows, or you might need to employ equipment like fans and a dehumidifier. Once the attic is completely dry and emptied, wash the area with a good soap and water. This removes any mold present. Treat the area with a strong disinfectant like bleach to kill the medium that feeds the growth of mold. Let the attic dry completely before you replace the insulation and all of the objects that belong in the attic.

If you want, you can take extra steps and paint your attic with special paint that kills mold and prevents it from reoccurring. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and supplies needed to do the job safely. Boots, protective clothing like coveralls and gloves are important. You should also have goggles and a facemask for added protection from mold spores. Take heavy-duty trash bags, a bucket, disposable rags, brooms, a good soap, disinfectant, and deodorizer with you to complete the job. If you feel that this task is too much on your own, you should contact a mold remediation for help.

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