The Roof-Mold Connection

Roof-mold connectionSeveral maintenance and engineering managers have started up with the fully comprehension of the potential ramifications of mold for the purpose of maintaining indoor air quality. These ramifications can be the cause for sick building symptoms, degraded AIQ, and damaged building materials and law suits. Most is usually seen in the most organic building materials. It is very usual to see the lichens or molds which use to grow on the exterior surface of the roof on the top. Mold is usually seen on the wet wood nailers, on both type of materials treated and non treated. One common thing about all these surfaces is that they are above the roof deck and thus they have minimum effect on the IAQ.

When growth of mold is developed on interior surfaces, IAQ is highly affected and occupants of the building start asking questions.  Most of the organic building materials are able to support mold growth if the moisture and temperature will be in the specified limits. Here is the way roof mold is identified and prevented.

  • Identifying the culprit

The main cause behind mold growth is assumed to be moisture and temperature. Temperature doesn’t seem to be likely as there are many building with the same kind of interior environment. In these buildings some have mold while on the other hand some don’t have mold. Thus moisture must be the single cause behind the mold growth. Most of the mold growth is related with condensation issue and leak problems in the roof, walls or windows. According to the result of certain research, it is proved that the contribution of the building to the roof leaks is within forty eight hours. Mold is generally observed in the ceiling tiles close to the repeated roof leaks or where there is condensation due to lack of insulation. Mold is prone to spreading to the gypsum board behind the wallpaper of vinyl where window, roof and wall leaks create a moist environment. Vinyl wallpaper is such which prevents the stops the moisture from drying out.

  • Leak Response

The first step of any homeowner to get away from mold is to prevent leaks. This leads to prevention of mold growth. Apart from these we seen above that roof leaks are the major contributor in the mold growth. Thus it will be the best thing to keep the water away from the organic building and stay away from the issues of leakage. Technicians must find out the origin of leaks and its timely prevention.

  • Proactive Step

Leak response is very essential and it is also reactive. It is reactive in the sense that it makes the materials wet before it got caught. The solution for this would be to develop a roof maintenance technique and protect your roof from getting damaged. You should inspect your roof at a specific time intervals to get to know whether your roof is damaged or wet or having mold issues or not. Special inspection after storm and heavy winds is must as it is prone to damage the roof.

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