In our last post we gave you some detailed information about a particularly deadly form of mold which can develop unnoticed in homes. SC is a greenish-black substance that grows slowly over time, forming in hidden damp areas in your home’s structure. Susceptible materials are anything made of wood, paper, or cellulose. That includes drywall, framing lumber, sheathing, insulation, wood floors, and door and window frames. If it grows in your attic, it can spread to any boxes or paper items stored there. This picture shows black mold in an easily-noticed place. However, it often grows in areas where you can’t see it, such as in the space behind your walls.
Preventing it from ever developing is the best thing you can do, but if it has started forming, early and thorough clean-up by a mold remediation contractor is imperative. If you find evidence of what you believe to be black mold, it’s a situation best left to professionals. If you disturb it, you run the risk of spreading the microscopic spores further into your home, contaminating even more areas. Professional mold remediation firms are trained proper handling of contaminated materials as well as disposal. Many experts recommend that you temporarily move out of your home while the clean-up is being done.
Since small, slow roof leaks are one of the major causes, what are the warning signs that you may have a problem with your roof?
- The most obvious are the tell-tale brownish stains on your ceiling; these indicate a more substantial leak, however. Much of the moisture leading to black mold development soaks into the underlying roof structure, your attic beams, and insulation, so it never reaches the ceiling. But never ignore ceiling stains; they are almost always a sign of a roof leak.
- Sagging areas in your roof which are detectable from the outside. Take a look at your roof from the exterior, on all sides, and from several angles. Do any areas appear to be sagging or seem to be “different” than other areas of the roof? That could indicate a possible leak. A sagging roof could also indicate that structural damage has already developed.
- Buckled, curled, or missing shingles. While these problems do not always indicate that leaks occur, they at best they are leaks waiting to happen, because they are evidence that your roof has already been damaged, and its ability to keep out moisture has been compromised.
- Missing flashing. Like damaged shingles, missing flashing is a warning sign, indicating another possible point of entry for water.
- Roof rot. Roof rot is a serious problem, even if it has not yet produced leaks through to the underlying structure. Roof rot means the roofing has become infiltrated with moisture and has decayed. While the other problems listed may be fixed by repairs, your only solution to roof rot is a tear-off and replacement.
While small leaks may not always be detectable early, unless you notice one of the above signs, building experts recommend an annual inspection by a qualified roofing contractor. Iron River Construction offers free inspections. If you haven’t had yours looked at recently, give us a call.