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Tips from Your Denver Roofer: Dangers of Mold and the Role Your Roof Plays

April 26, 2017

Mold is often a silent danger that over time can become a hazard in your home to anyone that is exposed to it. Standing water is one of the leading causes of mold and your roof plays an important role in keeping this from happening. Once a leak occurs, it can lead to mold growth in your home. Learn what mold is, how a leak in your roof can turn into mold and warning signs to watch out for from your Denver roofer.

What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus and can be a variety of colors such as black, green or purple. In homes, an environment that houses some type of moisture can lead to mold, which releases spores into the air - and this of course can be dangerous to humans. Mold can begin to grow in certain environments in dark environments that are exposed to water and are humid. This is the perfect environment for mold to thrive. From there, mold spores can spread throughout your home. Anyone exposed to the spores has the potential to breathe them in, which can lead to serious issues in the lungs and worse.

How Roof Leaks Can Lead to Mold

When you get a leak in your roof, there is always the potential that it will lead to the growth of mold. This can happen from cracked or missing shingles, a hole in your roof, a crack in flashings, or any other situation that would lead to water coming inside your home. Water can drip onto the next barrier that separates you from your roof and sometimes saturate it. In many cases, this water sits and pools. Given that it is in the perfect environment for mold growth (dark, moist, and ideal temperature), that sitting water will inevitably begin to grow mold. Mold can continue to grow and the mold spores can begin to spread throughout your home, and the same way it would with any situation, mold can affect your health in major ways when you are exposed to it for prolonged lengths of time.

Warning Signs and Next Steps

One warning sign that informs you that you have a leak in your roof is a water spot. These can grow in a circular pattern, usually not perfect, and typically will be first spotted on your ceiling. In some cases, water spots can saturate and grow down a wall, which makes the leak appear to be fairly severe. In other cases, you may even have a bubble of water begin to fill based on how much water is coming in. In other cases, you might be able to see the mold, especially if you see small spots of purple, green, or black growing on your walls. You also may notice the people in your home are coughing and sneezing more than usual, or have an overall feeling of stuffiness. While these symptoms can be confused with allergies, it is important to be aware of them and make sure to address any concerns you might have. Learn more about the dangers in Web MD’s article: Moisture and Mold Problems: Preventing and Solving Them in Your Home.

It is important to fix any leaks in your home and prevent growth and spreading of mold. To have your roof and home inspected, you can trust the experts at K1 Roofing and Restoration. We have a variety of roofing and restoration services in Denver to help keep you and everyone in your home safe. Call us today at 303-953-8275 today to see how we can help you