Attic Moisture - What's the Big Deal?

While it may not seem like a big deal, attic moisture can have devastating effects on your home and your family's health. Moisture build up is due to inadequate ventilation, allowing moisture to be trapped and creating damp conditions that are perfect for mold growth. Moisture and mold can lead to rot and damage to your house. They can also lead to health problems for you and your family.

Where Does Attic Moisture Come From?

Attic moisture is created in two different ways:

  1. Improper Mechanical Ventilation - If dryer vents, kitchen vents, or bathroom vents, are not properly installed, attic moisture is inevitable. Vents should also be run to the exterior of the building. When they're not, moist air is released within the house, most commonly into the attic. The air is trapped and a moist environment is created, leading to mold growth.
  2. Improper Ventilation or Insulation - When an attic is not properly vented or insulated, moist air is able to enter the attic and is then trapped. The warmer air clashes with the cooler outside air, especially in the winter or colder months, and condensation is created. As the wood gets wet repeatedly, mold is able to root and survive.

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