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How A Leaking Roof Can Cause Mold In Your Home

graphic with the caption How A Leaking Roof Can Cause Mold In Your Home

Mold can overtake your Norwood-area home in as little as three weeks, and you may not even know it. A common source of mold is a leaking roof. The sooner you put a stop to a leaky roof, the less chance you have of encountering smelly, nasty mold. 

How Fast? 

While most mold is relatively harmless, black and green molds are associated with health problems, especially for people with weak immune systems or respiratory issues. Black mold can settle in your home and propagate very fast.

How fast? Within two days of landing on a moist, porous surface, black mold spores can begin to spread throughout your home. Within 12 days, the mold can be on drywall, wood framing members, within your walls, and on your attic sheathing.

During all that time, the mold may not be visible. Not until the 18th day of mold growth and spread will the black mold become visible to your eyes. That makes cleaning it and eradicating the spores very difficult. 

Fix it Fast!

At the first sign of a roof leak, get a local, dependable roofer to come out to your home and fix the leak. The faster you stop water from entering your home, the better your odds of avoiding mold and mildew issues. With mold and mildew, of course, comes the unpleasant odor, the increased humidity, and the general discomfort your whole family feels from poor indoor air quality.

A roofer can track down and stop the roof leak. The same roofer can help you determine if attic insulation has been ruined from the water infiltration. You may need a local mold remediation service to deal with any possible spore growth. 

Do It Yourself?

For very small mold outbreaks, you may be able to clean surfaces yourself, using the recommended method from the Centers for Disease Control: water and detergent. After cleaning all visible surfaces, you should consider a weak bleach solution of 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water to kill mold spores and disinfect the area. Do this step with plenty of ventilation. 

Roof leaks are never a do-it-yourself job, however! Always turn to your nearby, reliable roofer to put a stop to roof leaks and other roof problems. 

Avoid mold. Avoid headaches! Contact us today at O’LYN Roofing in Norwood, Massachusetts, and we will end your roof leaks promptly. We have more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of roofing for our Norwood-area neighbors.