Wet spots on the outside stucco/brick/wood may be an indication of a roof leak. Left unfixed, this leak can cause mold, wood rot, wood fungus, break down of insulation, rotting of drywall, etc- both on the inside and outside of a home.
A leaky roof can cause damage to the roof itself, but also to other parts of the home inside and out. It can cause water to drip into your house and the water can get on wood surfaces in the attic and cause rotting and mold. Leaks in the roof can end up staining the interior walls and ceilings inside the home. It can cause bowing to occur and if not fixed it can cave-in on you. It can affect electrical wiring and light fixtures as well.
When talking about water damage, most people know that heavy rain can cause all sorts of problems inside a home if your roof leaks. It can flood flooring, rot wooden furnishings, and set off mold growth in the dark areas of the house. On top of that, water from heavy rain can also bring in all sorts of infectious waterborne diseases and pose a serious health threat to the inhabitants of the home.
What about the outside of your home? Wet spots on the outside stucco/brick/wood may be an indication of a roof leak. Left unfixed, this leak can cause a host of expensive problems to fix. Mold, wood rot and wood fungus break down insulation then rotting of drywall from the outside inward begins.
Mold can be toxic to breathe and many people exposed to it for a long period of time can develop upper respiratory problems that it hard to even reside in the home anymore.
Since mold isn’t always easy to find you may not even know why you’re sick or what you have been exposed to. The main problem with mold is it doesn’t always conveniently grow where you can see it. Often times mold is hidden away where it can go undetected, fed by a leaky roof supplying it with a water source. And once mold is established it can aid in the development of dry rot forming.
If you suspect you have mold check the attic for signs of dry rot, water damage and of course mold itself. You will need to have a contractor look at the damage and replace insulation and even damaged or infected wood and other building materials. Generally the mold gets its start from a leaky roof so you will need to have a contractor inspect your roof for damage and leaks.
Since roofs are constantly exposed to the elements, most roof damage results from weather and pollutants in the atmosphere. To save yourself big repair costs or even having to replace your roof before its time, you should perform a general inspection on your roof at least twice a year, checking for mildew, mold, rust, trapped water, and possible damage, and make minor repairs if necessary. That is the best preventive maintenance you can do.
If you find and problems of areas of concern then please give us a call. We’ll come over, have a look then give you our professional opinion on the level of damage and what should be done next in order to insure the overall safety of your home and family.