Mold in Attic/Crawlspace
Information about mold and attic/crawlspaces:
Attic spaces before the 1900's were completely unvented areas. Attic areas would be extremely hot during the summer months and would be extremely cold during the winter months. However, attics never became moldy nor did they effect other areas of home as they do in today's buildings.
With the energy crisis upon us, all individual building components have become more insulated (Doors/Windows/Walls/Floors/Ceilings, etc...) The added insulation in the building materials captures the heat as well as the humidity and through natural processes this heat/humidity is transfered into the attic space which then condenses (becomes water) the humidity out of the air on the cool surfaces (nails, wood sheathing, gable walls, etc...) and then gives rise to mold colony growth. The mold in the attic festers and in turn causes significant and devastating mold damage to building materials and in many cases complete building loss as the mold migrates from the attic into the walls of the building and then into the living space of the building.
Over the past thirty years severe mold damage has occurred to thousands of homes, commercial and public buildings. Mold generation in buildings has caused the architectural industry to scramble to determine the best way to compensate for the added heat/humidity transfered into the attic and exterior walls. To combat the excessive heat/humidity gain, architects have scheduled a multitude of remedies: roof vents, ridge vents, soffit vents, roof fans, etc... all of which have significant drawbacks, decrease the homes energy efficiency and in many buildings (due to building position, construction and other factors) just do not work.
About 20 years ago a mold consultant firm suggested using foam insulation to prevent the mold in an attic space by utilizing spray foam insulation. The spray foam insulation method not only worked to stop the mold and condensation damage but, it also stopped ice damming, covered the unsightly mold, balanced the indoor environment and in turn saved 30-60% of heating and cooling costs.
Since that time, spray foam insulation has become one of the fasted growing, quickest accepted building practices on record. Spray foam insulating an attic space has been accepted by every state building code across the country and has the added benefit of receiving millions of dollars of rebates from state, federal and local authorities.
The genesis of Greenstar started several years ago as a mold-in-attic and mold-in-crawlspace eradication firm in conjunction with several high profile mold testing and consulting firms. Mold consulting firms across the country are finding that most mold-in-attic/crawlspace problems can be cured, sealed and then all traces of mold eradicated (forever) when foam insulation is used in the effected area.
Greenstar has highly skilled technicians who use mold removal techniques to decontaminate the mold in your attic, walls and crawlspace and then insulate over it, thereby preventing mold from ever occurring again. This procedure expunges the blotchy and hazardous spots of mold in attics/crawlspaces that cause severe decreases in a home's value. Greenstar then beautifully combines the mold removal aspect with the added benefit of significantly decreasing the building's heating and cooling costs. Greenstar Spray Foam insulation is the perfect mold-in-attic/crawlspace solution for the homebuyer and homeowner.
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