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Slow Roof Leaks are a Major Contributor To Undetected Mold Problems in Attics

Feb 4

Many roofing leaks go undetected because homeowners don't lookup. In addition to roof maintenance, a roof inspection is an important part of a regular home maintenance schedule. If you notice the moss growing on your roof or leaves in your gutter, there may be a problem with your roof that requires an assessment by a roofer.

Leaks from the roofing can create roof mold, which is difficult to remove. The roof mold may enter the roof sheathing and insulation. From there it can spread throughout the attic causing hidden damage that is not apparent until it causes visible mold damage in the rooms below.

Roofs Older Than 15 Years Should Undergo Routine Inspections for Leak Detection

There are many roof types that are leak-prone because of design flaws or poor installation problems.

Leaks from the roofing can create roof mold, which is difficult to remove. The roof mold may enter the roof sheathing and insulation. From there it can spread throughout the attic causing hidden damage that is not apparent until it causes visible mold damage in the rooms below.

Mold Growth in Your Attic Can Create Long Term Health Problems and

Mold and roof leaks go hand in hand because roof leaks create conditions that mold needs to grow.

Water penetration doesn't happen on a single roof leak like it's often depicted by roofing companies. Instead, roof leaks can occur intermittently or slowly over time. The water penetrates the roof surface and roof sheathing. It enters the roof decking-the plywood or OSB roof sheathing found above rafters in most homes today.

If the roof is not repaired, mold starts growing on the roof underlayment or shingles and then moves into or onto the insulation, building materials, and furnishings. Mold growth in the attic is very difficult to detect because it's not visible from below. The results can be expensive and unhealthy when mold begins growing in the roof sheathing, roof rafters, and roof insulation.

When you suspect roof mold in your attic or in roof materials and roof decking and roof sheathing visit a roofer for an examination of the roof and roofing materials.

Homeowners should consider roof inspection every four years or after a roof has been repaired for any kind of roof damage that includes: shingle granule loss, wrinkling or blistering of roof surfaces; roof leaks; corroded fasteners; patchy roof stains; roof deterioration; moss growth on roof sheathing and roofing roof drains are clogged with roof moss, roof dirt or roof debris.

A roof inspection is necessary when roof repairs are needed to determine the cause of roof damage and roof leaks. Many times that's why roof repair work failed in the first place because roof materials were not properly prepared for waterproofing.