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Mold – The Silent Destroyer

kirkeyroofing-roofingcontractor-roofmold-300x300A comment a new client made to Robyn Didelot, our Roofing Specialist, prompted me to write this week’s blog.

After completing a complete tile re-roof, our homeowner told Robyn that she was thrilled with the way her new roof looked, but was surprised that her home actually smelled fresher.

She went on to tell Robyn that when they would return from a trip that their home would smell musty. They attributed this to being closed up for a period of time.

Upon removing the existing roof, there was a large amount of rotten wood that needed to be replaced before the new roofing system was installed. Once the rotten wood was removed and replaced, the home lost the musty smell. Rotten wood, caused by water damage, is actually moldy wood.

In 2005, toxic mold and sick building syndrome were brought to the attention of the American public. Over 6000 articles and news stories focused on the subject that year.
Mold needs moisture to grow, and the moisture caused by roof leaks can result in infectious mold breakouts, which become hard to combat.

In addition to the cost involved in combating mold, many physical illnesses and symptoms have been associated with mold, such as:

Runny nose
Skin rash
Headaches
Dizziness, fatigue and nausea
Asthma
Pneumonia
Burning eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs
Pulmonary hemorrhage in infants
Acute or chronic liver damage
Acute or chronic nervous system damage
Lung and liver cancer

Homeowner’s in the market need to do a thorough check of any roofing contractor they choose to install a new roof. Often rotten wood is covered up by shady contractors trying to save money. The likelihood of them getting caught is slim because it will be covered by the new roof. This results in costly repairs for both one’s home and health…