Moisture is a homeowner’s worst enemy

Preventing moisture issues and toxic mold in your Colorado home

Cladosporium, Fusarium, and Penicillium mold families have been connected to illnesses such as asthma, and infections of the lungs, liver, and kidneys. Photo: Penicillium Fungi, by Carlos de Paz

The damage that untreated moisture issues can cause to your home or business is costly and dangerous. If ignored too long, the whole building envelope can become compromised, rendering your home or business hazardous to it’s inhabitants. Another common problem that comes with moisture issues is the threat of mold.

A weak or damaged roof can allow moisture to penetrate your home, and if you ignore it – or just don’t spot it – for a long time, that moisture will trickle all the way down from your roof to your basement causing significant Damage to your roofing system, exterior cladding, and foundation. And, while all this moisture is weakening your building, another enemy is growing stronger by the minute: toxic mold.

Wet, dark, warm spaces are the perfect breeding ground for mold, and it will continue to spread exponentially with every minute you fail to notice the problem. Sometimes, people living or working in mold infested buildings will feel symptoms of the mold before realizing they have a moisture issue.

Preventing moisture issues and toxic mold in your Colorado home

Aspergillus is the least serious of the toxic mold groups
Photo by: Ninjatacoshell

Look out for signs of mold in your Colorado home

Some are more sensitive to mold than others. Some people who are prone to allergies may not even think about mold, chalking up their symptoms to their usual reaction to pollens and other allergy inducing substances. Even in the winter, indoor dust and pet dander can cause allergies to flare up, but be alert, and take a minute to see if your allergy like symptoms isn’t brought on by mold in your home.

Mold symptoms include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Irritable and stingy eyes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin rashes
  • Wheezing
Preventing moisture issues and toxic mold in your Colorado home

Stachybotrys Chartarum is the most deadly, linked to diseases from minor hay fever, to more serious problems like liver damage, pulmonary edema, and even brain or nerve damage.
Photo by Brendon Rawlings

More serious symptoms caused by long term mold exposure could result in:

  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Respiratory problems
  • Asthma

Moisture issues are costly and dangerous, both to your health and to your home or business. If you spot signs of moisture damage or experience any symptoms described above, take a minute to hire a professional roofer or contractor to get to the root of the problem. In the Colorado winter, roofing issues can lead to ice dams and moisture issues. Keep an eye on your home and business and make sure your roofing system is working for you, not against you.

Call a quality roofer to help you assess the situation and help you come up with the best solution to fixing the problem, as well as preventing the problem from reoccurring in the future.