Mold can be a nasty surprise to find on your roof. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also lead to health problems.
In this quick guide, we will show you how to identify mold on your roof, and provide some tips on how to remove it safely and effectively. Keep in mind that there may be times when professional help is needed!
How to identify mold on your roof
The first step is to identify whether you actually have mold on your roof. Mold can often be mistaken for dirt or mildew, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for.
Mold typically appears as black, green, or white patches on surfaces – although it can also appear as orange or brown stains. If you’re not sure whether what you’re seeing is mold, try swabbing the area with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. If the substance transfers to the cotton ball, it’s likely mold.
Why you should treat a moldy roof
Once you’ve confirmed that you have mold on your roof, it’s time to take action. Left untreated, mold can cause serious damage to your roof and home – not to mention, it can be a health hazard. Inhaling mold spores can cause respiratory problems, so it’s important to remove mold as soon as possible.
Quick tips to remove mold
If you have a small amount of mold on your roof, you might be able to take care of it yourself with some elbow grease and the right cleaners. For bigger jobs, however, you’ll likely need to call in professional help.
Start by sweeping the area to remove any dirt or debris – this will make it easier to see (and clean) the mold itself. Next, mix up a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water and apply it to the affected areas with a brush or spray bottle. Let the solution sit for about fifteen minutes before rinsing it off with a hose.
If the mold is still visible after you’ve tried this method, you can repeat the process or try using a stronger bleach solution (one part bleach to four parts water). Just be sure to use gloves and other protective gear when handling bleach!
When to call in the professionals
As we mentioned, there are some cases where it’s best to leave mold removal to the experts. If you have a large amount of mold, if the mold is located in a hard-to-reach area, or if you have respiratory problems that could be aggravated by exposure to mold spores, it’s best to call in professional help.
Many professional roofers, we will be able to assess the situation and determine the best course of action. We also have the necessary equipment and experience to remove the mold safely and effectively – so you can rest assured that your roof (and your health) is in good hands.
Mold removal can be a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and approach, it doesn’t have to be. Remember to stay safe and give us a call for professional help when needed. Good luck!