Ask any reputable Roofing Company in San Antonio and they will tell you that a roofers top task and a homeowner’s nightmare, can be mold.
The reason is that mold is not simply a simple matter of roof repairing, , a roofer must dig in deep and eliminate every possible speck of mold before it becomes a toxic mess. Find out about the best types of shingles in San Antonio TX here.
According to Web MD, mold can cause mild allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing, skin rash, or red eyes. However, people with serious mold allergies can experience severe shortness of breath and asthma attacks.
Both children, infants, the elderly, and people with reduced immune systems are particularly affected.
In 1994 for example, 8 infants developed severe mold symptoms within a number of weeks of each other in Cleveland, Ohio. All of them developed bleeding within the lungs, a condition called idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage. One of the infants died.
Therefore, mold is not a condition to take lightly. In fact, San Antonio Texas Roofing contractors are often called upon by landlords whose tenants claim the home or apartment has become uninhabitable.
Mold and mildew growth, commonly the result of unresolved water leaks and flooding, can make a rental totally uninhabitable and risk losing not only a good tenant but valuable revenue.
How does a roofing repair firm get a handle on mold?
First of all, mold spores are ever-present in the environment. Even the best roofing companies, equipped with the most modern germicides, can’t eliminate mold like it was a pest that can be sprayed out of existence.
However, mold does not grow and spread without moisture. If you have mold in your attic or on your living room or kitchen ceilings, it means you have a roof leak.
So the first thing your roofing contractor needs to do is fix the leak. It could be as simple as a damaged or torn shingle that is letting in water but don’t count on it necessarily being that easy.
You may experience water leaks in your roof from decomposing or cracked flashing underneath the tiles. Another cause is the valleys of your roof where two planes of your roof come together are not sealed properly.
Another common cause of leaks is from your roof venting. Roof ventings are those areas of your roof that look like small smokestacks, and their purpose is actually to vent excess moisture out of your house.
However, the flashing around the roof vent can easily leak, letting in moisture.
Many people, particularly in older homes, develop chimney leaks. The chimney is sealed with mortar, which essentially is just sand, water, and cement. It’s easy to develop leaks in harsh weather.
A common issue in snowy regions is ice dams. Despite it being cold outside, the house is warmer than the outside, and snow melts. Ice dam build-up keeps the water from flowing away from the house properly.
Finally, gutter clogging causes rainwater to back up and the rain will then leak into cracks in the roof.
All of the above are reasons why you need a good roofing firm should be called in to investigate and fix all leaks. You don’t want to be on your roof trying to solve the problem yourself.
It should be noted that once a roofing firm identifies and fixes the leaks that caused the mold problem, usually their portion of the job is finished. But you still need to get rid of the mold.
Most homeowners call in a mold specialist company. They will go into your attic, check for mold in the ceiling behind the insulation, check the ductwork for leaks, and use antibacterial sprays to get rid of mold.
A good mold company will also firmly check your vents. Attics use a passive ventilation system to distribute air through the attic. Outside air comes into the vents at the bottom, of the roof, warms up within the attic, and then, because hot air rises, escapes through ridge vents at the top of the roof.
However, it’s often discovered that the inflowing vents where the air comes into the attic, is completely blocked by insulation. As a result, the passive ventilation system is interrupted and within the attic, warm, air will often coalesce onto wood sheathings, the result being water.
Once these issues are corrected and germicide is applied to all of the mold areas and scrubbed clean, homes generally will remain without mold for many years.
However, professionals need to be called in both for the roof repair, and also for the mold removal.