Insulation Mold: Avoid It at All Costs
It isn't unusual to find mold in bathrooms, kitchens, basement or crawl spaces — areas where moisture and humidity are commonplace. Insulation mold is also just as problematic and frequent, especially for homeowners living in hot, humid climates. Discover how insulation mold wreaks havoc in the home, and what you can do to prevent it.
Why it's a problemInsulation mold — or any mold for that matter — is a huge problem. Here's why:
- It’s unsightly.
- It can rot building materials.
- It’s harmful to household occupants.
- It can end up costing you lots of money for remediation and remodeling.
How to avoid itEvery homeowner living in a humid climate needs to be aware of the possibility of insulation mold and how to prevent it. Comprehensive solutions include using:
- Proper venting. Ridge and soffit vents allow air into the attic and help usher hot, humid air out of the attic, controlling humidity levels and preventing mold growth.
- Foam insulation. Unlike batt insulation that becomes damaged when wet and whose paper backing easily encourages mold growth, foam insulation creates a solid heat barrier that doesn’t succumb to humidity.
- Prevention tactics. Don’t leave items in the attic that will act as food sources for mold, such as paper, clothing, cardboard boxes, or any other organic materials.