A damaged roof can be a disaster for your entire building. It doesn’t have to collapse, to cause major damage. One single leak is enough to give you a lot of headaches including dangerous mold and mildew development.
Mold thrives in a humid environment, so homeowners and building managers should conduct regular inspections, to detect all roofing leaks and other similar issues in their early stages. A tiny roof leak can damage your attic area and all belongings stored there. You are going to need to repair the roof, but also to restore your furniture items and your attic floor. Sometimes, the water can cause permanent damage to antique furniture and other items stored in the attic. If there is no attic, the roof leak is going to affect your interior ceiling. The paint is going to get discolored and may bulge and peel. In the case of bigger leaks, you can expect your ceiling-mounted lights and fans to get damaged as well.
Mold in the Attic
All these are things that can be repaired with a little effort. The supreme disaster caused by a damaged roof is mold and mildew growth. Mold spores can invade your entire building or home, as they can spread into your HVAC system, and from there into all rooms, through the vents. Mold spores can land on carpets, furniture or blankets, where they can thrive, especially in high humidity environments. Mold is a severe health hazard, especially for people with high sensitivity or with allergy problems. Also, mold is tough to eliminate, so you should take all needed preventative measures to avoid its formation in the first place. A tiny crack in your roof can lead to your family developing severe health issues like severe asthmatic symptoms or lung problems.
A leaking roof may result from a powerful storm that also causes a power outage. A water intrusion combined with a lack of air conditioning provides the perfect environment for mold growth. The mold spores can damage the insulation in the attic area, thus rendering your house less energy efficient. The temperature exchange with the outdoor is going to intensify, so your HVAC system is going to work harder for maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature.
Moreover, leaking roofs ignored for too long can allow the wood to rot and to deteriorate. If this happens, you are going to need the assistance of a professional building contractor. As you can see, it is important not to neglect what looks like a minor roof leak. Make sure to have the leak repaired and contact a mold cleanup company like Tallahassee Mold Pros to test for and remove any mold.