Water, while thought of as an essential component for living, can be seriously damaging to homes and other buildings. Many of the common building materials used to create the structure for properties are porous. This quality means that the materials can absorb any excess water and moisture that it encounters.
When porous materials take in moisture, it weakens their structure, causing warping and discoloration. With enough water absorption, the material becomes severely unstable. Structural elements that have been affected by water also create the ideal breeding grounds for mold growth. So these damaged materials could suffer from both water and mold.
Regarding excess moisture in a home, most homeowners will likely think of basements and crawlspaces — and understandably so. However, it is important that property owners also realize that their home’s attic can easily experience moisture issues, too.
Continue reading to learn more about what causes attic moisture, signs of excess moisture, and what to do if you encounter attic water damage.
If your home has missing or broken shingles or any other sort of roof damage, it can easily allow water to leak into your home through the roof.
Any pipes that run through your attic can cause moisture buildup if they leak. Condensation accumulation on the outside of the pipes can also be a reason for excess moisture in the attic.
Moist air is not as dense as dry air is. Because of this, moist air can travel up to your home’s attic. If the attic isn’t ventilated well, the moist air will become trapped there.
During the winter, this moisture can cause condensation to develop in the attic. The moisture in the air becomes cooled by the colder temperatures and condenses.
Seeing condensation or, in the winter especially, frost and ice accumulating on surfaces in your attic, is a surefire sign that there is some sort of excess moisture.
When building materials are affected by water, the moisture can cause them to experience changes in physical appearance. This can include warping, stains, and discoloration.
Mold spores are naturally present in the air, so mold growth can occur at any time. All the spores need to develop colonies is a moisture source and an organic food source. Once the spores encounter this, mold spores are triggered into forming colonies. Mold uses the cellulose present in drywall, wood, and other common building materials as a food source. So, building materials affected by excess moisture creates the perfect environment for mold growth.
When mold does grow in your home, it produces a musty odor. So, if you discover a similar smell in the attic, it could very well be indicative of an attic moisture problem.
When your home has poor ventilation, it is easy for moisture to accumulate in the building. So, make sure your home is well ventilated and that appliances are ventilated to the outdoors.
If you keep your roof in good condition, then you can avoid water leaking into your home from it, only to cause attic water damage. Check that shingles are not missing or damaged, and either make repairs or install replacements if there is an issue.
If your home has experienced attic water damage due to excess moisture, it is imperative that you address the problem immediately. Water damage only worsens with time, so the sooner you take care of the issue in the attic, the less damage will occur to your property. You will also minimize the potential for mold growth.
ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration can help with attic water damage through our emergency water damage restoration services for homes and businesses in Quincy, IL, and the surrounding areas. We will begin our services by assessing the property damage, which allows us to develop a proper restoration plan. Our professional technicians will then eliminate excess water and moisture, thoroughly dry your property, and restore the damaged areas.
In the event the water damage has produced mold in the attic, we also have professional mold remediation services available. Within these services, our professionals will safely remove the mold, clean the affected areas, and prevent the fungus from returning.
With help from our water damage restoration and mold remediation services, your attic will be moisture-free and safe once again.