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Clogged Rain Gutters may Cause Attic Mold

When rain gutters and downspouts become blocked, water will simply take the path of least resistance. If water gets into your attic, it can create a mold problem.

Mold spores are everywhere, both indoors and out. While occasional exposure to mold is not usually harmful, continuous exposure can cause a myriad of health problems to develop. Since mold must have moisture to grow and thrive, homes that have sustained water damage provide the perfect breeding ground for mold spores.

There are many different types of mold, but all can cause adverse health effects if exposure is frequent. Alternaria is a common household mold that can also be found outdoors. This type of mold only needs a small amount of moisture to grow and thrive. Attics may have penicillium growing on insulation. This mold spreads quickly and is the most commonly seen household molds. Cladosporium grows on wood and fabrics and can enter the home easily through windows and doors. The last type of mold is perhaps the most well-known, stachybotrys chartarum also known as black mold. This mold is characterized by its black, slimy appearance and is associated with the most severe symptoms caused by mold exposure.

While anyone can have adverse health effects from mold exposure, people who are sensitive to mold will have the most drastic reactions. The Institute of Medicine found enough evidence to link mold exposure to serious health conditions in 2004. Upper respiratory symptoms, itching eyes, runny nose, cough and sneezing can all be linked to mold exposure. People who are allergic to mold can suffer from asthma attacks, sinus infections, chronic fatigue and depression.

If you have mold growth resulting from a damp attic you may notice a musty smell. However, many people never notice any unusual smells and have no knowledge of mold growth until members of the household become ill. It is not enough simply to remove the mold, you must stop the moisture coming inside the attic to prevent it from recurring. If your home floods, be sure to clean up the water and dry out your home within 48 hours of the incident.

A mold remediation specialist is trained to look for mold and determine the best way to remove it. They can identify the type of mold growing and can also locate hidden mold. A specialist will explain the safest and most efficient way to remove mold and prevent its regrowth.

Having a gutter guard system installed in your home can help protect it from water damage by keeping your gutters and downspouts clean, and keeping water flowing away from your structure

Please visit our gutter guards page or contact us today to find out more about how you can protect your home with Gutterglove gutter protection products.

 

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