If you’re noticing water spots on your ceiling accompanied by a musty odor, there’s a good chance that you’ve got a mold problem stemming from a roof leak. Mold is extremely common in places with a lot of moisture — pretty much all of Florida. We’ve discussed how damaging a roof leak can be in previous articles, but we’ve yet to touch on the damaging and potentially harmful effects mold can have on a property and its occupants. If you’ve noticed mold growth on your ceiling or in your attic, it may be time to call a professional for roof leak repair in Tampa.
Is Mold Dangerous?
Mold spores are everywhere. They’re in the air we breathe and on many of the surfaces we touch. Mold spores aren’t usually an issue unless they land in an area with excessive moisture, such as a leaky roof. When mold takes hold in a building, the health effects on occupants will vary. Some people report no symptoms, while others experience red and itchy eyes, coughing, wheezing, and a stuffy nose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “[s]ome people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions.” People who are immunocompromised or have lung diseases should be extra careful around mold growth because they are at an increased risk for fungal infections.
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Unfortunately, there’s no telling how dangerous the mold in your building may be, which is why it’s so important to consult a roofing company for commercial roof leak repair.
What About Black Mold?
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re concerned about the dreaded “black mold.” Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) mold color is not a reliable indicator of how dangerous mold is. A mold that produces toxins presents the same health hazards as a mold that doesn’t. This is why it’s so important to have the underlying problem mitigated. By fixing your roof leak, you can prevent moisture from entering your building and contributing to mold growth and potentially dangerous health hazards.
Aderhold Roofing is a licensed, insured, and vendor certified roofing contractor operating in the state of Florida. We can perform roof leak repair in Tampa on both commercial and multifamily properties. Whether you’re looking after your customers or concerned for the wellbeing of your tenants, you can only benefit from working with a roofing contractor that can inspect the damage, make timely repairs, and perform regular maintenance to ensure that this problem never happens again. If you’re noticing mold growth as the result of a roof leak, don’t waste time debating whether or not it’s safe. Call Aderhold Roofing to repair leaks before they lead to structural damage, health hazards, or both.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counsel.