How To Prevent Mould In Attics

Wednesday 18th May 2022

Alice Redshaw

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If the conditions are correct, mould can develop anywhere in the house. As many of our treasured belongings are stored in attics, it is useful to know how to prevent growth from occurring in this area of the house.

Here at ICE Cleaning, we have years of experience in performing mould remediation services in all kinds of environments, from domestic to industrial. We utilise only non-toxic and non-abrasive solutions during our cleans - we are committed to being eco-friendly in the work we carry out. 

Our services are available 24/7, 365 days a year and we can tailor our services to meet your individual needs. Our technicians will work hard to restore your property to a safe and clean environment so you can enjoy it once again.

What causes mould?

Mould can form for a number of different reasons. Some of the main causes are:

  • Lack of ventilation
  • Leaks
  • Condensation
  • Flooding
  • High humidity

Growth will often take place in warm and moist environments, giving mould the perfect conditions to develop. This is why you will frequently find mould in places such as kitchens and bathrooms, where actions like showering and cooking that emit a lot of heat, take place. 

But it can also occur as a result of events such as flooding or leaks. If you have identified any cracks in your facade, you should get these seen to in order to prevent leaks from taking place.

Mould prevention strategies

It is wise to be mindful of the effects of mould on the health of you and your loved ones. For example, the impacts of exposure can be compounded in those with pre-existing conditions such as asthma. To find out more information about how mould can effect your health, have a read of the NHS website.

If you're also allergic to mould, take a look at this advice provided by Allergy UK about how to cope with the fungus. With this in mind, let's take a look at some of the prevention tools you can use to help prevent mould in your attic space.

Sufficient ventilation

One of the key ways you can prevent mould from forming in your attic is to ensure that adequate ventilation is in place. 

If any of the vents linking to the space are clogged, you should get this repaired. This will help air circulate in the attic and prevent moisture developing that can lead to instances of mould. 

Providing a reasonable level of ventilation to this room might not be a priority, but mould can quickly become a problem should it be given the opportunity to grow. Mould spores travel through the air quickly, which could lead to a more significant issue arising. 

If you can take measures like ventilating the attic properly then your chances of mould forming are reduced. 

Check for signs of mould

Even though this may seem obvious, it might not always be the case that you think to search for signs of mould here.

Checking for indications of growth can help you catch the issue in its early stages before it becomes a more serious problem. It also means there is less chance of your belongings being damaged from the presence of mould.

Things to look out for include leaks from the roof or staining of wood. Keeping on top of this is a great way to stop mould from developing in your home. 

However, if you do spot any mould in your checks, call in the professionals promptly to come and remediate it.

Carry out repairs

Ensuring the different elements of your attic are in working order can help to prevent mould in your home. 

For instance, seal all holes that you find. This will assist in stopping leaks which may lead to mould. For more complex tasks, make sure to call in professional contractors to conduct the work.

Having proper insulation installed will also help to regulate the air within the attic, as mentioned above. This will assist you in saving money on energy costs in the winter too.

However, if you do suffer from mould in this space, we are on hand to help you. Our technicians are fully qualified to remediate mould and can tackle growth in hard-to-reach areas such as the attic with proficiency. 

Effective insulation

Not only is adequate ventilation vital for stopping mould occurring, but having a good layer of insulation is important too.

The type of insulation you need for your attic depends on your property, so having the help of a professional will assist you here. However, when installed, insulation can keep the area dry and lessen the chances of moisture.

It's a sustainable way of keeping your home warm as well, as it means you may use less heating to warm your house. Once this has been installed, there is a reduced likelihood of mould occurring because the optimal atmosphere is not present.

Taking measures like this aid in preserving the structural integrity of your home, as mould can be damaging to buildings. As a fungus, mould decomposes all kinds of organic matter, which it will find plenty of in domestic properties. 

We are mould remediation specialists

Our experienced technicians here at ICE Cleaning are Dewpoint Professional accredited, which is a top provider in the UK of training and consultancy services for mould remediation. 

We can significantly improve the air quality in your premises as a result of our work, but will never leave the site of the clean unless you're happy with the work that has been carried out.

ICE SHIELD®

To complete each mould removal job, we use our innovative ICE SHIELD® to add another layer of protection to the area. This works by combining fogging technology with a persistent solution to help protect against harmful bacteria and viruses for a period of up to 28 days.

The technology is effective within ten seconds of application, and can be used in many different types of setting. If you wish, you can include this in your monthly cleaning routine - just ask a member of the team about this when you get in touch with us.

We're here to help

If you need help with mould removal, contact our team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. Our dedicated support team work round the clock to provide excellent help to our customers.

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