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Signs You’re Living in a Haunted House in Need of Roofing Repairs

Is your house haunted with neglected roofing repairs? We’re not talking ghosts or goblins, rather those pesky problems that WON’T go away. You know what they are. (Or do you?)

BOO!

Here are 5 home conditions that become downright scary the longer you ignore them.

(They’ll be back…)

Dry Rot

A common bacterial problem caused by moisture, dry rot causes wood to break down and weaken. These nasty little fungi reproduce five million spores PER MINUTE and thrive whenever moisture is present. In fact, it can lie dormant for years and come back whenever moisture returns.

Any areas that have a water source on your roofing system should be periodically checked for dry rot. This includes gutters, wood window panes and sills, downpipes, and any other edges of your home that collect water. Signs of dry rot may include split wood, discolorations, and cracking. An easy test to confirm dry rot is to use a screwdriver and press on the wood. If the wood flakes or can easily be penetrated that means dry rot is active and ready to spread further.

Dry rot multiples quickly. You’ll need to get a home inspection to determine the source of moisture and make any repairs including on the roof. Regular maintenance and inspections will prevent dry rot from occurring in the first place.

Leaking Roofs

Roof leaks can wreak havoc on your home and safety. Not only do you risk belongings being damaged, but the interior paint, ceiling plaster, lights, and fans can also be affected.

When you suspect a roof leak, check ceilings for telltale signs. If you notice water stains, it’s vital you get the problem checked out. Leaking roofs can cause mold to spread and also impose a fire hazard from a shorted wire. Leaks are serious business and can’t be fixed by placing a bucket under the problem. A professional roofer can help you determine the next course of action that prevents further structural damage.

Mold

Mold is one of the costliest home repair problems that continue to grow when it’s left alone. Mold is unlike algae which are actually a healthy, natural flora. Mold is dangerous to your health and has a rancid rotten smell as well. Its slimy appearance is proof that your roof is suffering from moisture deposits.

Footsteps in the Attic

Do you hear creepy crawling noises above your ceiling? There are many different types of animals that can set up residence in homes and buildings. Scampering noises, thumping and animal cries are telltale signs that something up there is alive. Squirrels, raccoons, rats, mice and more can all enter your home through the roof, vents, soffits, and more.

Wild animals do much more damage than just leaving behind their droppings and mess. The can chew through wires, damage ductwork, and ruin pipes. That’s why it’s so important to get rid of any animals living in your attic. A wildlife removal specialist is an expert at trapping and removing wild animals safely.

Black Spots

Common in rainy areas, blackish-green spots on the roof are caused by algae. When algae isn’t stopped it will continue to spread and will eventually contribute to roof rot as well as leaks. Humidity and dampness are the two main triggers of algae growth. If you have green or black spots on your shingles or in your gutters, it’s time for a professional roof inspection to prevent further unsightly damage.

Contact Heritage Construction

Whether it’s a leaky roof or an issue with mold, roof damages affect the value of your home. Contact Heritage today and we’ll take the scary sights away. (Except for the animals.) Book a free inspection now.

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