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Roof Leaks and Mold

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Knowing how to care for your roof can protect you against multiple things: water damage, mold, critters and so on. An aged roof may contain worn or broken shingles, which can lead to leaks inside your home. If you don’t check on your roof regularly, leaks can go unnoticed for a significant period and can not only cause water damage, but also mold growth. Intermittently checking up on your roof and attic can help you catch small problems before they turn into big ones.

How long does a roof last?

Obviously replacing your entire roof is a major expense, and because of this, most homeowners want to prolong their roof’s life for as long as possible. If water infiltration starts to become a problem, you may be wondering whether it’s time to replace your shingles. A lot of roofs wear unevenly due to sun damage, exposure to natural elements like wind and improper installation. In these instances, you might need to replace part of your roof before its lifespan is complete. Climate is also a big factor when it comes to lifespan. The average asphalt shingle roofs last approximately 20 years. Replacing your entire roof ranges around $7000-$10,000.

How to care for and maintain your roof

Because of the dangers of working at heights, roof maintenance should only be done by professionals. With that being said, as a homeowner you should keep thorough records of maintenance, warranty information and roof inspection record. If shingles or fallen debris end up in your yard, keep them to show your contractor. Typically, a roof inspection includes: a visual inspection of the roof, a check on seals around areas where water could potentially come through and identifying damaged or worn out shingles. As a homeowner you should: clean out your gutters, trim back or remove any trees that are at risk of hitting your home, and properly seal roof openings such as skylights, chimneys and vents.

Signs of a roof leak

 Often, signs of your roof leaking can appear out of no where. There’s a chance you may notice the first trickle during heavy rain, or a damp spot on the ceiling. A roof leak can also be detected when yellow or brown stains appear on your drywall/ceiling. Leaking through the fireplace is also a good detection of a leak, as well as warped woodwork. If you sense a musty odor, that is an indication that mold may be present – which ultimately was probably caused by a leak.

What to do if your roof leaks

If your roof is leaking, you should first take immediate action to prevent damage to the interior of your home. If water is dripping, place a bucket under the leak to preserve your fabrics and wood. After you do this, speak with SERVPRO® of Ajax to determine where the leak is coming from. All roof inspections and repairs should be done by a professional because of safety concerns. Your consultant at SERVPRO® of Ajax will recommend the best course of action to repair your home and prevent any future water damage or mold invasion. 

If you suspect mold

Dampness leads to mold. That is why it is important to treat a leak as soon as you find it. Mold can cause damage to your home and cause health issues for those living in your home.  In addition to drywall damage, the insulation behind the walls may be wet or moldy. Mold may also damage the wood underneath your roof shingles. Left untreated, indoor dampness and sitting water associated with roof leaks can lead to problems with mold and should be taken care of as soon as possible. If you’re unsure whether you have a mold problem, you can schedule a free home inspection with SERVPRO® of Ajax. If we find mold, we will let you know what’s involved in removing it and give a price quote. We work with insurance companies to leave you feeling at ease.

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