Your roofing system plays a critical role protecting your home from the elements. However, it can also turn into a source of mold growth. To help your roof and subsequently your home remain mold-free, review what your Orange County mold inspectors want you to know about how your roofing system can cause fungal problems.
Gutters allow rainwater to drain off of your roof and away from your home. If they become clogged with organic debris, such as leaves, twigs, animal nests, moss, and algae, rainwater backs up under shingles instead of draining efficiently. Water gets into the roofing system as a result, causing wood rot and mold growth on the rafters and other structural components. Both issues compromise the roof’s structural stability, as rot makes wood spongy and weak, while mold breaks the organic material down.
Clean your gutters twice a year if not more often, depending on the number of trees on your property. Debris-free gutters prevent mold issues in your roof and attract fewer pests. It also helps to keep nearby trees trimmed back to limit debris deposits, and to use gutter guards. These perforated metal guards prevent large debris pieces from entering the gutters, which avoids major blockages and related damages.
High winds have the power to rip shingles off of your roof, leaving the system vulnerable to water intrusion, wood rot, and mold growth. Old, loose shingles are particularly susceptible to high winds, as are new shingles that were improperly installed.
To help protect your roof from wind, schedule an annual inspection. Roofers repair and replace loose and missing shingles, respectively. It also helps to inspect your roof from the ground with binoculars after every major storm, since timely repairs prevent water damage. If you suspect a fungal problem, schedule mold testing for your Orange County home as well.
Metal flashing surrounds roof protrusions, such as chimneys and vents, to keep rainwater out. If the flashing lifts because of storm damage or rusts due to old age, the gaps surrounding the protrusions are exposed. Rainwater has the opportunity to enter your roofing system and create conditions for mold when flashing is compromised for any reason.
While quality metal flashing that was installed correctly lasts years, it is still a good idea to inspect your roof with binoculars and schedule annual roofing inspections. Staying ahead of damage keeps your roof dry and free of damaging mold.