Mold: A Hidden Roof Problem

Roof leaks can be a major contributor to mold growth inside of structures.  Mold growth from the roof is due to moisture penetrating the waterproof barrier that protects the inside of your home from the outside environment.  Typically, your Bryan roofing contractor will have approximately 48 hours to resolve the leak and to completely dry out the roofing materials.

Moldy Conditions

Mold is a living organism and as such requires an energy source, water, oxygen, and a safe temperature to grow.  Most people have seen mold grow on organic materials like wood, but mold can also derive nutrients from man-made materials like paints and certain adhesives.  Mold favors humid environments or conditions, usually 70% humidity or higher.    Most mold will grow between 40° and 100°F.  Outside of these temperatures mold may become dormant.  Usually, mold and spores cannot withstand temperatures above 100°F.

Mold Invasion Tactics

Mold invades buildings the same way it reproduces itself.  Mold creates mold spores which are the building blocks for mold to reproduce.  Because mold decomposes dead organic material, mold spores are often found in leaves, mulch, or compost.  Spores will cling or attach themselves to people, animals, and objects and travel with them.  Mold spores will also travel through the air, past modern ventilation systems.  The mold that grows from leaks arises from spores that entered the building long before true growth is seen.

Mold Detection Tips

The two biggest and easiest ways for you to determine if you have a mold problem is to look and smell for mold.  Mold can be described visually as have a black to green, fuzzy appearance.  You will see this pattern in areas that have been exposed to moisture.  Many times you will need a flashlight because mold is often found in dark and damp places.  Mold can be detected with your sense of smell as well.  Usually mold will present an odorous, musty smell.

If you are unsure on the proper identification of mold, consult a Bryan roofing contractor.  If you have positively determined you have mold, there is no need for additional testing.

Determine Scope of Mold Problem

Once you have positively identified a mold issue, you must determine how bad or to what extent mold has invaded your home.  Carefully and dutifully visually inspect all areas of concern.  Any area that has any sign of mold must be replaced.  It is important to make sure that infected materials be taken out of the home as soon as possible.  This will help prevent mold from being spread to other building materials, and save on replacement materials cost.

Resolving the Mold Issue

Not all materials need to be replaced.  Non-porous materials like metal and some semi-porous materials like wood can be cleaned.  An appropriate detergent cleaner, designed to kill mold, must be used.

Your Bryan roofing contractor should be able to positively identify the areas of the mold infestation, the extent of materials to be removed from your home, and the proper repair procedures.  Mold can be prevented by:

  • normal roof maintenance
  • expedited leak repair
  • overall moisture reduction

If you have a roof leak and want it resolved within 48 hours, contact Schulte Roofing.