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What Homeowners Should Know About Mold In Los Angeles Attics

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO technicians have the tools and equipment to remediate your attic from mold damage.

Mold Damage Experts In Los Angeles Talk About Problems With Attics

A fungus can develop anywhere inside your Los Angeles home that contains organic materials. However, there are some places inside your home that are more susceptible to mold damage than others. Since mold always needs an organic food source and moisture, common places for contamination are those that have water running through them. Attics are also common spots for fungi to develop due to roof leaks or pipe breaks. Most attics contain wood trusses and insulation that can both become victims of mold damage.

Attics are also a place in the home that does not get much foot traffic making it easy for problems to go unnoticed. As time goes by, the mold damage in your Los Angeles dwelling can grow and spread. Once a fungus develops it creates structures called hyphae that can grow deep into, across, and out above an organic substance. These hyphae then produce microscopic spores that get released into the air. These spores then float around the building until they find a new place to settle and contaminate.

Once fungi develop, it is just a matter of time until they spread to previously unaffected areas. Whenever mitigating fungal issues our SERVPRO crew takes extra measures to prevent secondary damage. First, we determine where the moisture is coming from so that the contaminated material stops getting wet. If the roof is leaking, we temporarily repair it until professionals can permanently fix the problem.

If your attic gets contaminated, the problems can quickly spread all across the area. Mold can cause the deterioration of wooden trusses and cause them to lose their structural integrity. Fungi can also contaminate the ventilation system inside your home. If spores get inside your house's ventilation system, they can ruin air quality inside the structure.

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The first step our SERVPRO technicians take when mitigating any problem with mold is to build a containment chamber. In severe cases, we can seal off your entire attic so that particles created by the mitigation process do not get outside of the contaminated area. If you ever notice a fungus forming inside your attic, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 any day of the week.

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