Michigan isn’t necessarily what you’d consider a humid state – it’s nothing like Florida or “deep south” states. But we still do get our fair share of humidity, and that can lead to mold growth both inside and outside our homes… even on the roof.
Mold on the roof may not be a horrible issue, but if it makes its way inside your attic, then you’re facing some serious problems. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your roof from mold growth.
Can You Protect Your Roof From Mold?
You can take a few steps to protect your roof from mold and keep moisture from getting inside your attic. However, if you already have mold on your roof or in your attic, the best thing you can do is call a mold remediation expert for help.
If you don’t already have mold, here’s what you can do:
- Watch for puddles on your roof.
- Check the drainage system and keep it clear.
- Have your roof inspected by a professional each year.
Here’s a closer look at each.
Roof Mold Prevention Tip #1: Watch for puddles on your roof
Puddles on your roof indicate that some of your roofing materials are failing, and that’s something you have to address with a professional roofer. If you don’t, that pooling water can create a breeding ground for mold beneath your shingles or other roofing materials – and it can let moisture enter your attic, which is a great place for mold to grow.
Roof Mold Prevention Tip #2: Check the drainage system and keep it clear
Your home’s gutters and downspouts are there to protect your roof from water incursion – but if your gutters are full of debris, water can’t drain properly. Soggy leaves and other debris can rest against your roof’s fascia, which will cause moisture to seep into your attic.
Another potential problem: When water can’t follow its proper path through your downspouts, it can gush down toward your foundation. Large amounts of water draining near your foundation can lead to a leaky – and mold-prone – basement.
Roof Mold Prevention Tip #3: Have your roof inspected by a professional each year
You should take advantage of local roofing companies’ offers for free roof inspections each year. The only way to know for sure whether your roof is leaking is to have a professional check it out. Some small leaks can exist for years without the homeowner ever knowing about them, and all the while, they’re creating a damp environment where mold can thrive.
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