Why You Need a Mold Inspection After a Storm
A major storm can unfortunately cause serious property damage, including damage to your roof and gutter system. By scheduling a mold inspection with your Glendale team after a recent storm, you are taking steps to prevent the detrimental fungi from invading your home. Learn what makes a mold inspection something you can’t skip following severe weather events.
High winds and torrential rains beat on your roofing system, ripping off and dislodging shingles. Missing shingles on your roofing system provides open pathways for rainwater that gets into the underlayment and decking. It takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to form in the right environment, such as a dark, damp roofing system damaged by a storm. Mold can take over the underside of your roof quickly, consuming the cellulose in wood that causes structural instability. Without timely mold testing services in your Orange County home, you could face a partial roof collapse that damages house contents and can cause serious injuries.
Mold in your roof can also spread to the attic or highest ceiling in your house, increasing the risk of allergic reactions among family members. Anyone in your home with asthma is especially susceptible to mold allergy symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and sneezing. Left unchecked, mold can cause further health problems such as headaches, nosebleeds, and respiratory illnesses.
Serious storms can inflict gutter as well as roofing damage, leaving one of your most important drainage systems in disrepair. Gutter sections can pull away from the roof due to storm damage, or end up in pieces scattered around your yard. Without quality gutters, rainwater pools around the foundation of your home and enters the foundation and basement, causing water damage and mold growth.
If the gutters were full at the time of the storm, rainwater backs up under roofing shingles to increase the chances of mold development. Keeping gutters clog-free and repairing them as needed prevents unnecessary water and mold damage.
Don’t wait to schedule a mold inspection after a storm, as it could make the difference between a minor and major infestation.