5 Signs Your House Has Roof Mold

Published September 9th, 2020 by Devteam

The roof over your head keeps out a lot of harmful particles. Bacteria, mold, and even pollen can turn your happy weekend into a trip to the doctor. 

Scientists identified over 500 forms of mold that make people sick. Health concerns from mold exposure range from asthma attacks to skin rashes. You want to do everything possible to keep your home mold-free.

Start your mold removal mission by checking for roof mold. Once mold gets a foothold on your roof, it spreads. Next thing you know, it's in every room.

How do you know what signs of mold to look for? Step outside and use this guide to help spot the roof mold. 

1. The Roof's Shingles Don't Look Right

From the ground, give your room a good once-over. Use binoculars if you have them. Pay close attention to areas that stay in the shade most of the day.

Mold growth comes in colors like:

  • White
  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Green

When you're looking at asphalt shingles, you should see the granules. Any change in color or something coating the granules could mean there's mold.

Bring in an expert to climb on the roof and confirm it's mold. You don't want any accidents during your mold removal mission. 

2. Part of the Roof Sunk

Roofs have layers like onions. The base layer is the roof deck. It's made from sheets of plywood nailed across the trusses.

Mold thrives on porous materials like plywood. It latches on and takes nutrients from the wood. After a while, the wood disintegrates.

Any hole in your roof deck leads to a major leak problem. Water from the leak will encourage mold to grow inside your home.

3. Your Family Suffers From Allergic Reactions

The health concerns of mold exposure are still under investigation. Scientists do know that sensitive people and those with asthma are most at risk.

Signs of mold exposure to look out for:

  • Frequent coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Increased asthma attacks
  • Respiratory infections
  • Runny nose
  • Skin rash

Most symptoms are mild but linger so long as the mold remains. Consider mold remediation to keep them comfortable and healthy.

4. The Ceiling Changes Color

Roof leaks aren't always big enough to notice right away. Over time the slow leak feeds mold and it spreads in the attic. 

When the mold needs more food, it moves down into the ceiling. Mold discoloration looks like a water stain, but darker. If left alone, it will eat into the walls.

5. A Lingering Musty Odor

Ever walk into a basement that flooded once and hit a wall of foul odor? That smell comes from mold spores.

If roof mold takes over your home, your attic will smell like dirt or rotten wood. To know for sure if there is mold, have an expert inspect the attic. They know which areas to check for mold infestations.

Get Help Before Roof Mold Ruins Your Home

Stop roof mold in its tracks the moment you spot any of these signs. It takes less than 48 hours for mold spores to spread to a new area.

American Emergency Restoration & Reconstruction Services is ready to help. Let our experts put their years of experience to good use.

Are you one of our neighbors in Riverside County? Contact us to schedule a mold inspection appointment today.

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