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Perrysburg Roofing: Article About Roofing Leaks and Black Mold Dangers

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One of the largest and most worrisome problems that can occur with a leaking roof is mold and mildew growth. When roofing starts to go bad, it develops leaks. The water passes through the shingle to the underlayment. Over time, the underlayment starts to deteriorate. Eventually, the water starts to leak through to the sheathing, which causes rot and allows the water to pass through to the attic, where it lands on the roofing trusses, electrical wiring and insulation. The process happens slowly over a period of months and even years. Homeowners do not often realize they have a leak in their roofing until the water starts to appear on ceilings and walls. The best way to stop this scenario is to have the roof inspected by a Perrysburg roofing professional at least once a year. Failure to inspect residential roofs and perform regular maintenance can lead to a home full of mold and mildew.

Water that drips through a roof stagnates, creating black mold and mildew. There are two types of black mold, including toxic and nontoxic. Toxic black mold causes severe respiratory problems even in healthy individuals, and it can cause death. Nontoxic black mold causes upper respiratory problems in healthy individuals and in people with chronic conditions, including asthma, chronic sinusitis and nasal congestion.

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Both types of mold are incredibly hard to eradicate. Once the spores are on the wood, flooring, drywall and other structural components of the house, it grows on, in and through the materials. The spores can even spread through the duct work and vents, which makes every surface in the house vulnerable to infiltration.

Cleaning mold off the surfaces of wood, paint, paneling and drywall does remove it from the surface for a short time, but since the mold spores infiltrate the material, it quickly returns. The only way to successfully get rid of it is to completely remove the contaminated materials and replace them.

While mold is black or green, mildew appears grey and white. Mildew is much easier to clean from surfaces. It grows flat and is typically powdery. It doesn't infiltrate the structure, so bleaching or thoroughly cleaning the surface can get rid of it if the area stays completely dry after the cleaning. The best way to prevent mold and mildew growth from a leaking roof is to have the roof regularly inspected for damage and repairing that damage in a timely manner.

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