Have you been putting off getting your roofing replaced or repaired for a while? If so, did you realize that the failing roofing could be putting your entire family at risk? When roofing fails, it allows moisture to enter the home. When moisture enters the home, mold can quickly begin to grow. How does this put your family at risk?
Illnesses Related to Mold Exposure
At a minimum, your family may begin to experience allergy symptoms – itchy, watery eyes, stuffy nose, cough and sneezing, but these symptoms could only be the beginning of what your family will experience after prolonged exposure to mold.
Black mold is among the most common mold types caused by leaking roofing. Prolonged exposure to the mold could cause:
Identify Roofing Leaks
It is important that you spend some time inspecting the roofing of your home at least once a year. The earlier you catch the leaks, the easier it will be for you to make the repairs and remove any mold that has formed.
Go into your attic after it rains. Use a flashlight to inspect the roofing foot-by-foot. If you see any areas of the roofing or rafters that are darker than the surrounding wood, use a piece of chalk to mark that spot. This is likely an area that needs repair attention quickly.
If you have found areas that are likely leaking, but you cannot pinpoint where the leak is coming from, wait until a heavy rain, go into the attic and carefully watch where the water is coming from.
Tip: Concentrate on inspecting the areas around the chimney, vents, peak and valleys in the roofing. These areas are highly-prone to leakage.
Repair Roofing Leaks
Once you have found the roofing leaks, it is time to repair them.
Curled Shingles – When the weather is warm, simply wait for the sun to warm and soften the shingle and use roofing cement to adhere it back into position.
Damaged Shingles – Damaged shingles must be replaced. Simple lift the edges of the damaged shingle and remove the nail holding it in place. Scrape away the old roofing cement, place a new shingle in its place, drive roofing nails into the roof and apply a coat of roofing cement underneath. Press it firmly in place and cover the heads of the nails with roofing cement.
Vent and Chimney Seal – Remove the old caulking from the area using a sharp utility knife. Run a new bead of caulk, smooth with your finger and allow it to harden.
If, during the inspection, you have found mold, contact a professional, like those at Holzer & Jesko Quality Exteriors LLC, to have the mold removed. If you are unable to make the roofing repairs yourself, talk with your lock roofing contractor about doing it for you. This is not a problem that you want to allow to persist or your family could suffer more than the structure of your home.
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