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What Makes a Leaky Roof Dangerous: Water and Mold

If your roof has any type of leak, you must address it immediately. A leak is not harmless. If it is ignored, it will create even bigger problems down the road. 

Water Attracts Mold

Mold has to feed in order to survive, and it can only survive in areas that have moisture. When a roof leaks, mold will follow because moisture will always be present in a home.

What Makes Mold Dangerous

There are many types of mold spores. Most spores will affect every member of a household, and others will not. When it comes to the dangers of mold, the risks will vary. The most common symptoms are:

  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • An irritated throat
  • Itchy eyes

Defensive Strategies for Mold

In order to stay safe, you must know what to look for. The big benefit is that mold is easy to identify. The spores are usually brown, green, or black.

Next, you’ll need to search the ceilings in your home for mold. This will be not a difficult task if your roof has been leaking for a few days. Just go outdoors and pinpoint where your roof is leaking. Then, go indoors, travel to that location, and look up. If any water has bypassed roof’s decking, you’ll see a water spot on your ceiling.

Water Can Cause Structural Damage

If a leak on a roof bypasses the decking and reaches the ceilings, water will make its way to the walls as well. Once this happens, mold will start to grow behind the walls, and you will not be able to see it. While hidden mold is dangerous, this is not the worse part. After water reaches the walls, the foundation above and below will be at risk. If the upper foundation loses its structural integrity, the roof will collapse, and if the foundation breaks below, the flooring will cave-in.

Don’t Take the Risk if Your Roof Is Leaking

If you ever need a roofer for any reason, you can rely on us. To schedule an appointment for roof maintenance or repair, give us a call today.

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