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Roof Leaks and Mold Growth

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling Mold growth on the ceiling due to roof leak in a Baytown, TX building.

Although a roof leak at your Baytown, TX, business is annoying in itself, any associated mold growth can mean even bigger trouble. Black mold may be the most infamous variety, but all mold species can cause serious damage, so it is important to address the problem as soon as possible.

Causes of Roof Leaks

There are many possible causes of a roof leak. The following are some of the most common:

  • Improper roof installation
  • Storm damage

Normal wear and tear
Roofs that were not installed correctly may leak even when they are brand new. They may also be more prone to storm damage and wear out quickly. However, even correctly installed high-quality roofs are susceptible to damage and eventually deteriorate.

What To Do If You Have a Leak
Black mold and other varieties of fungal growth can result from water left standing for more than 24 hours. Therefore, the two main goals in preventing damage are drying up the water and repairing the ceiling leak as quickly as possible. Fortunately, most roof leaks do not result in huge amounts of water inundating a building. Dry up any water that has already made its way into the structure. Then situate a bucket so that it can catch the rest of the water as it comes in. Place a towel under the bucket to absorb any water that splashes out. If you have extensive water damage from the leak, you may need to hire a professional to dry out the affected area. After the rain has stopped, you can either call a roofing contractor or go up on the roof yourself to repair the leak.
If your business has black mold, water damage, or other issues resulting from a roof leak, a professional restoration service can help restore the building. They have the experience and equipment to address the problem in a timely and safe manner.

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