If Your Roof Has Been Leaking, Watch Out For Mold

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If your roof is leaking, you may be worried about water damage in your attic or ceiling, electrical issues from water getting into wiring, or even drywall crumbling. Those are all good reasons why leaky roofs should be fixed as quickly as possible.

But mold is another serious problem that can result from a leaky roof. And the problem is, even if you get your roof fixed, that mold can continue to grow once it has a foothold somewhere in your home. That's why, whether your roof is leaking now or was in the past, you should know the signs of household mold growth.

Musty Odors

Sometimes, the first noticeable sign of mold is the smell. The odor is usually described as musty or dank. If you notice this sort of unpleasant smell, don't write it off as an ordinary basement or attic odor or try to cover it up with air fresheners. The smell means that you are breathing in mold compounds, which can cause headaches and respiratory symptoms.

Cold/Allergy Symptoms

Even if you don't smell mold, if you are having unexplained symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, eye irritation or nasal congestion, you may be reacting to mold. To differentiate it from seasonal allergies or the cold virus, note whether your symptoms improve when you leave the house and spend time outdoors.

Visible Mold Growth

If you actually see mold, of course, that's a pretty obvious sign that you have a mold problem. But the positioning of the mold is also important. It's common for some mold or mildew to form in the grout between shower tiles, for instance; bathrooms are warm and humid. But this sort of mold is very easily dealt with—on a nonporous surface like tile, it can simply be washed away with bleach and water.

Mold caused by water leaks, on the other hand, will begin to grow in hidden spots such as within attic insulation or underneath the floor, where dripping water may have gotten the subfloor wet. If you see visible signs, they are likely to start on walls or ceilings. However, removing these outward signs of mold won't be enough—as long as there is still mold hidden within the home, the moldy spots will continue to reappear.

For any kind of hidden or recurring mold, it's best to call a mold removal professional (such as Allied 24/7 Restoration) to find the source of your problems.

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