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Why You Should Never See Frost on the Wood Sheathing

Let’s be honest — homeowners have a lot of things to worry about. From basement floods to faulty electrical wires, homes are always in need of something. Yet, there is one more thing that can ruin your beautiful home in no time, and its name is frost. As a result, preventing frost from forming on wood sheathing should be a priority. But why is frost so dangerous, and more importantly, what can you do about it? Let’s find out!

The Role of Attic Ventilation

Before we figure out why frost is bad for your home, we need to understand how attic ventilation works. For starters, the main purpose of attic ventilation is to ensure that the temperature and dew point of the air outside and inside your attic is similar. More specifically, in the summer, it keeps the attic as cool as it can be, while in the winter, it maintains a constant temperature.

Why is that important? Because an ineffective ventilation system consumes more energy, which drastically raises your bills. Additionally, without proper ventilation, the air that enters your attic could cause condensation and moisture. Eventually, during the cold season, the moisture present in your attic turns to frost. In other words, attic ventilation is essential in maintaining the integrity of your home by keeping moisture in check.

Why Is Frost on the Wood Sheathing Bad?

At first glance, frost on the wood sheathing might look harmless. However, it’s important to understand that once the temperature warms up, frost unfreezes and drips onto the attic floor. Not only will that damage your attic and insulation, reducing its effectiveness, but it can also allow mold to grow. And since the ventilation system inside your attic is connected to every room, the mold inside your attic could easily spread throughout your home.

What Can I Do About It?

Generally speaking, all you need to do to prevent moisture and frost is to check if your ventilation system is working as intended. You can do that by visually inspecting the attic for any signs of mold, moisture, or frost. Peek your head up in the attic in the morning before the sun comes up. Look at the roof nails popping through the wood sheathing and if they have frost on them or small icicles hanging, it is likely there are issues with ventilation. And, if you notice anything like that, you should contact a professional as soon as possible. Actually, the faster you deal with your ventilation problems, the more you reduce the chance of mold and mildew.

But what happens when the frost has already allowed mold to grow? Luckily, you can always rely on a mold remediation company, such as Mold Solutions! In fact, our expert team is trained to deal with any type of mold, no matter where it is found. Not only that, but by using the latest technologies, we make sure that mold is taken care of.

Additionally, since time means money, every procedure we do is fast and effective, so you can get back to your daily routine quickly. And best of all, we do it all at some of the most competitive prices in the area.

So, why allow mold to take over your home when the solution is just a phone call away?

 

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