You have probably seen homes in your area with roofs covered in unsightly black streaks or fuzzy brown and green organic growth. These are signs of mold growth. Mold can seem like a small problem at first, but it can have a negative effect on your respiratory health and the structural stability of your home. Here is what you need to know about mold.
Mold is a very common allergen, causing many of the typical allergy symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, runny nose or watery, and itchy eyes. It could be invading your home through a leak in your roof. Mold can be a source of allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances such as mycotoxins, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mold can be difficult to manage because you don’t only need to worry about your own home. Mold spores can travel through the air from one home to another. This means that if your neighbor’s roof shows signs of mold damage, you will need to be vigilant to prevent mold spores from taking up residence on your roof as well.
Mold requires a very specific set of environmental conditions to be present in order for it to thrive most species of mold like cool, moist environments. You can help to prevent mold growth by making your roof an unwelcoming place.
You should make immediate repairs to any leaks that you identify in your roof. This will prevent the moisture that mold loves from building up on your roof. You should also trim away all tree branches that might be hanging over your roof. Direct sunlight can help deter mold growth by heating the surface of your roof.
If you are worried about the effect of mold might have on your family health and your home, give us a call or schedule a free inspection or book online. We will help you get the proper repairs to manage the mold on your roof.