Summertime summertime sum sum summertime….
What did you do while on summer vacation?
Go to the beach, take a trip, go camping, go to Cedar Point?
Well, the Mold Guy went up into people’s attics. The temperatures outside this summer were in the 80s and 90s. Add 20° to 60° to that and you’ve got the attic’s temperature. That means it could be 140° or more up there. That is for a typical attic space here in Michigan.
And on top of that, I would be wearing a full-face mask and a Tyvek suit.
While this may not sound like fun to you, it is a typical day for the Mold Guy.
Why do it, some might ask?
It’s not that it’s particularly fun, but mold cleanup is something that I feel I was born to do, and I am good at doing it.
But the real reason is that I really am passionate about helping people,
probably because my mother taught me to be that way, and I always will be. I guess it’s my nature now.
It is important to have an attic inspection done in order to discover moisture issues and correct them before they lead to costly repairs.
- Improper ventilation is a primary cause of increased moisture in the attic, leading to potential insulation damage, mold, mildew, and dry rot. Fiberglass loses up to 40% of its labeled R-value when outside temperatures fall to 20º F, and it loses 50% of its labeled R-value when outside temperatures exceed 85º F. On top of that, research shows that as little as a 4% increase in moisture/humidity will reduce the effectiveness of fiberglass insulation by as much as 80%, that means it costs as much as $367 annually ($5,505 over the life of a 15–year mortgage), not to mention the cost of mold remediation, poor indoor air quality, and the possible replacement of the roof deck.
- Improperly vented and overheated attics are a primary cause of premature aging of roofing materials, which can be costly. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat accelerates the aging of asphalt roofing products.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development indicates that “inadequate ventilation will lead to fungus growth and very costly repairs.”
- If a roof’s life is 15 years instead of 30 due to improper ventilation, and the average cost of a new roof is $9,360, shingle replacement will cost an average of $312 annually, or $4,680 over 15 years.
Proper ventilation of attic space
- Reduces the temperature in the attic
- Prolongs the life of your roof
- Reduces energy costs, and
- Can help improve indoor air quality