Bats can make room under the shingles of your barrel roof without you even knowing about it until you get a new roof put on. If you have this problem, they can not only be a nuisance, but can cause damage to your roof and maybe even your attic.
Barrel Roof Tiles
Barrel roof tiles have many gaps, which makes it the perfect place for bats to enter. They like to live in roof tiles because it is easy for them to swoop out and then swoop back in. They also like the high temperatures the roof provides them with. Over time, the bats will lift the shingles, and can cause a weak roof to sag or even collapse off the roof. Depending on how many bats you have, it can affect the entire roof.
Health Risks and Odors
According to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, bat droppings can present a disease risk if your roof is infested the bats. This risk comes from the accumulation of bat droppings that get into your roof. How serious this risk is depends on how many bats you have on your roof.
Bat urine, also known as guano, can cause histoplasmosis. The spores that come from histoplasmosis are airborne so they can get into your business, and you, your employees, and your customers can breathe it in without knowing about it until they start having lung infections.
One of the main things you will notice if you have a bat problem is an unpleasant strong odor from the bat droppings. If you have an entire colony and the droppings build up, the odor will start to permeate throughout your building.
The bat droppings and urine can cause damage roof building materials. If this continues, your roof could eventually cause a weak roof to sag or even collapse. These bird droppings can also block vents and chimneys, and can also cause fumes and mold to build up inside of them due to the urine.
If the bats get into your attic, they can chew into the insulation, walls, and damage the wiring.
If the roofers installing your new roof finds bats, they may be able to take care of the problem if you do not have many. They will simply fly away when the roof tile is lifted up. If you have an infestation, however, you should contact animal control to come to your business to remove the bats.
Bleach mixed with water makes a good cleaner against this debris. You can make a bleach spray by filling up a spray bottle with half bleach and half water. Once the areas are cleaned with warm soapy water, spray them down with the bleach mixture. Leave this on the areas for 24 hours to give it time to kill any mold spores. After this time, rinse it off with clear water.
Because these bat droppings are a hazard, turn off your heating and cooling system before you start cleaning. Immediately get everything wet with a spray bottle or hose so the spots do not fly through the air while you are cleaning. If you have a large clean up, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaning company.
To learn more, contact a roofing company like American Roofing & Repair Co Division of Combined Roofing Services LLC,
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