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Mold Problems And Other Hidden Dangers From A Roof Leak

by Howard Barnett

If there was a roofing leak and you have water damage throughout the ceiling and along a wall in the home, there are a few dangers that could cause health concerns. If the water has been there for a long period of time, you could have a mold problem in the home.

The water could have also triggered other problems you were unaware of, like lead or asbestos exposure. Here are a few things you have to consider.

Mold Removal

It may be hard to tell how long the water has been leaking into the home, and how far the mold has spread. You need a mold removal company to come to your house to extract the moisture from the affected areas, to kill the living mold in the house, and to clean the surrounding areas. They will make sure the mold hasn't spread, and treat all affected areas in the home. Mold can cause breathing problems and illness, and it will start to deteriorate the home.

Asbestos Removal

If the house you live in was built before the 1980's, you could have asbestos in the insulation, roofing shingles, siding and other materials. The water will cause the asbestos to become airborne, and inhaling it can be very dangerous. It can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis and more. You will want to have the affected areas removed of asbestos by professionals, and you should consider having it removed from the home entirely.

Lead Removal and Encapsulation

If your home is older you also need to be concerned about lead poisoning. Lead could have been in the paint or drywall that got wet from the leak, and it can cause serious immediate health problems. It can cause infertility for men and women, organ failure, anemia, development problems for children and more.

You will want to have all lead materials that get wet removed from the house, and you should talk with the lead removal company about having the rest of the house sealed. Lead encapsulation will prevent further exposure to the lead.

If you can see water stains, along with the signs of mold, you want to call an expert cleaning company to have all of the mold removed from the home, and you need to beware of other hidden toxins that can be deteriorate your health. Don't wait to make the call, and get the problem fixed right away. Talk to experts like American Environmental Construction LLC for more information.