Any type of moisture on or in your roof will eventually encourage the growth of mould. It can happen due to a leaking roof, damp insulation in the ceiling, and growth of moss or algae on your roof tiles. It’s especially an issue in the winter months, and it has a habit of creeping up on you. Any professional roofing services in London will attest to the fact that if you don’t mitigate the risks of roof mould quickly, you’ll end up with a much bigger problem on your hands.
What is Mould?
Mould is a naturally-occurring fungus. It serves an important environmental purpose: to decompose dead organic materials. Mould is nature’s recycler.
Mould exists everywhere except in the Arctic and Antarctic, under water, and in clean man-made structures. Yet it can be very hazardous to living plants, animals, and humans, as its spores are microscopic and they travel in the air we breathe.
Mould thrives in a moist, damp, humid environment as it requires moisture to grow. It looks like a black stain or smudge on your bathroom, kitchen or laundry surfaces (though it can be white or other hues) and it will grow on ceilings and rooftops if ventilation is poor or insulation gets wet. It can also be caused by steam, leaking gutters, trapped air pockets in wall and ceiling cavities, and areas where plant life like moss grows.
Mould is toxic and needs to be eliminated from your home quickly, as it can contribute to conditions like asthma, allergies, nausea, headache, irritation and inflammation, and a weakened immune system.
Tips for Removing and Preventing Roof Mould
- Eliminate moss from your rooftop. Roofing experts can do this for you. It involves brushing and washing off the moss, using a high pressure cleaning system, or applying agents to kill and clean the moss from the roof.
- Repair any leaks on your roof and maintain excellent ventilation in your ceilings.
- When the weather is good, open up the house – doors and windows – to circulate fresh air and remove moisture from the inside environment.
- Use ventilation fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries, and make sure these operate properly.
- If you have algae growing on your roof, you potentially have mould as well. Choose algae-resistant shingles if you live in a humid area.
- Be aware that trees overhanging your roof may drop leaves, flowers, and berries – these will rot and may introduce mould to your rooftop.
Call in professional roofing services in London, Ontario or locally to you. These roofing experts can safely clean and treat your roof to maintain its health and mould-free status, as well as provide you with site-specific tips and hints to avoid problems with mould in the future.
Contact us today if you need help battling mould and mildew on your rooftop.