Solving the Challenges of Winter Mold Damage in Boise Attics

Encapsulate Mold and Manage Moisture  

After a harsh winter in the picturesque Treasure Valley, Boise homeowners might find permanent reminders of the battle between the icy weather and central heating in their attics. Master Restoration responds promptly after a customer notices musty smells and visible mold streaks in the attic during spring cleaning or when shifting stored items.  

Causes of Attic Mold  

Mold damage in Boise rafters is an unfortunate consequence of indoor air encountering frigid temperatures outside. Warm, humid air rises into the attic. Water vapor condenses onto the cold wooden framing of the rafters and the underdecking. Mold spores, always in the environment, absorb the now-liquid water and begin their growth cycle, infiltrating the porous surfaces high in the attic. Growth is slow when the temperatures are low, but as the weather warms, mold colonies multiply rapidly.  

Attic Mold Removal  

Master Restoration’s certified mold remediators inspect the spaces affected by the mold, paying particular attention to evidence of the condensation that provided spores moisture. We then devise an effective and sustainable mold remediation plan starting with: 

  • Employing EPA-registered biocides to kill and eradicate the current mold colonies 
  • Cleaning up the accessible water-damaged surfaces, physically removing and lawfully disposing of moldy debris 

Mold Encapsulation 

Mold hyphae, similar to plant roots, infiltrate porous materials below the surface. Sometimes, the best way to handle the infiltration is to remove and replace badly compromised items like carpets and drywall. When dealing with hard-to-access and supporting structures like wooden framing, including the rafters in your attic, Master Renovations follows another less disruptive yet practical approach–encapsulation. Encapsulation ensures that traces of mold buried inside cannot grow and consume the wood.  

  • Technicians remove as much visible mold growth as possible with a biocide and scrubbing. 
  • Technicians then apply a special mold sealant, completely enclosing the moldy bits left below the surface — encapsulating. Broadcast spraying of the sealant ensures all affected materials receive the treatment.  

Moisture Elimination 

Attic mold remediation is incomplete if the moisture problem, condensation in these cases, goes unresolved. We evaluate the specific circumstances contributing to your attic mold, arranging for interventions such as: 

  • Repairing or replacing aging or missing roofing materials 
  • Installing or upgrading insulation  
  • Sealing leaks along the roof edge and where pipes or utility lines enter the attic from below. 
  • Rerouting to the exterior bathroom, dryer, or kitchen vents previously exhausting their humid air into the attic 

Master Restoration offers skilled and certified mold damage remediation crews for Boise homeowners. Call (208) 286-1991 for a comprehensive assessment and assistance with your attic mold.

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