Mold Removal Steps That Can Restore Your Attic After A Roof Leak

If your roof has been leaking for quite a while, especially in warm weather, your attic might be full of mold the next time you go up there. If your attic has a lot of mold, consider leaving it alone and call a mold removal company to remove it for you so you're not exposed to it and so mold spores don't spread through your home. Here are some steps the mold removal company might need to take.

Double Bag And Remove Insulation

If the insulation in your attic is damaged by rain and mold, the contractor may double bag the insulation and remove it from your house. This could get a lot of the mold out of your attic in the quickest amount of time. When all the mold is gone and your attic is dry, the insulation can be replaced.

Replace Drywall If Needed

If the floor of your attic has water damage or mold, the mold removal company can remove it and put in new drywall before insulation is put down again. It's important for your attic to be as dry as possible so mold won't start growing again once the old, moldy materials are removed.

Remove Mold From Attic Ceiling And Walls

If there is a small amount of mold on the wood structure of the attic, the contractor might use mold killer to kill the mold and then remove it with sandpaper. Another option might be to seal the mold in place so the spores can't escape. However, when the roof of the attic is covered in mold, your contractor might opt to blast it off.

One way to remove mold from wood is to use a pressurized nozzle to shoot dry ice crystals at the wood. This is similar to pressure washing, but no water is used. Instead, the dry ice crystals scour the mold off of the wood and then the crystals vaporize so your attic isn't left in a mess.

Before starting this work, the mold removal contractor dons protective gear and puts plastic over the floor of the attic. They also set up a negative pressure air cleaner that sucks air through it so the mold spores are caught in a filter. Mold that falls out of the air will land on the plastic sheeting and is then removed with the plastic when the work is done. Blasting mold off with dry ice doesn't harm the wood or your attic, and it's an effective way to completely eliminate mold.

Contact a mold removal service near you to learn more.