Mold can be dangerous in several ways, but it’s most dangerous when it’s hiding and you don’t know that it exists. Basements, attics, and crawlspaces are great places for mold to set up residence, as it likes the warm, damp environment of these spaces. Of course, that makes it difficult to find so there are some people who may go years without resolving the issue because they’re unaware that it exists.
The first thing that you need to do is keep an eye on any damp areas of your home from the start. It’s a good idea to inspect regularly for areas of mold and damage that need your attention. Mold can happen after a major event, but it can also grow quietly without any major event on its own, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Mold removal in attic spaces is best handled by a mold removal specialist. Especially if you have any blown-in insulation, as this could complicate the situation and the cleanup process. Usually, the mold will be remediated and any insulation that is porous will also be completely removed and replaced to ensure that mold is not lingering. They will also advise you on how to prevent future mold growth and damage in your home, which can be helpful.
Do I Have to Hire Someone?
Some people want to know whether they can clean up mold on their own. It’s a noble question, and one that deserves an honest answer. There are certainly some things that you can attempt to clean on your own when you are dealing with mold. However, you have to keep in mind that products made for consumer use may not always be effective. Not only that, but the pros have better equipment and more experience, giving you the peace of mind that the job is done right.
Do you have to hire someone? Technically, no. You can try DIY mold removal if you prefer, but you should always make sure that you’re being safe about it with gloves, protective clothing, and breathing protection. However, the best results will come when you DO hire pros for the job. Whether it’s your attic or anywhere else in your home, getting mold removal done right will make all the difference.
Will Home Insurance Help?
Mold may or may not be covered by your home insurance, and it might or might not be something that you want to file a claim for. If you have a high deductible and minimal mold damage, filing a claim might not be necessary or wise. However, if the mold is part of water damage or fire damage and a bigger incident, it could behoove you to call the insurance company and see what kind of coverage you have. They’ll also help you figure out which restoration experts you need and get the ball rolling on the cleanup process.
The bottom line is that you don’t “have to” do anything except find the best and most effective way to clean up the mold in attic spaces as quickly as possible.