You think your roof might have a slight leak, but you’re not sure. While it may be tempting to delay contacting a professional to check it out, your hesitation could end up costing a lot when it comes to money, health or even a safe place to call home. Locating a repairing even a small leak helps to prevent major roof issues from developing in the future. Keep in mind that even a small leak can eventually turn into a bigger problem when it’s ignored.
Mold and Mildew Damage
When leaks of any size are ignored (especially over longer periods of time), your home is at risk for developing mold and mildew. In some cases, toxic black mold could begin to grow and spread inside your roof and your home’s interior. Mold can then travel through your air vents, which can put you at risk for developing respiratory problems and other serious health issues. Mold and mildew can also damage the wood framing and walls in your home. This type of damage is usually costly to fix, especially when you combine it with mold remediation.
A leaky roof doesn’t affect just one part of your home. The water from those leaks can drip down into the walls and wood frame of the house. Over time, this can cause the wood to rot and become weaker, which puts your home in danger of incurring serious structural damage. With a small leak, this might take a few years to happen; however, it’s still important to repair even minor roof leaks as soon as possible instead of taking that chance. In a much shorter amount of time, more severe leaks can lead to wood rot which could make your home unsafe.
Fire and Shock Hazards
Roof leaks can cause problems that have nothing to do with water damage, but these problems are just as dangerous. If water seeps into your walls, it can come into contact with wires that have damaged insulation. This creates a fire hazard that could cause significant damage to your home. If water from roof leaks touches bare wires near metal junction boxes, it creates a shock hazard for anyone who accidentally touches the water. In some cases, this can lead to potentially deadly shocks. If you think you have a leak, you should shut the electrical power off to that part of your home and have it inspected for electrical problems in addition to having the leak fixed.
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2 thoughts on “Dangers of a Leaky Roof”
We were just talking about getting our roof checked for damage. We have had a few bad storms with high winds this year. It is so important to keep an eye on your roof.
Had a new roof put on after a period of time we noticed our ceiling jiprock starting to bubble. Called the roofing company he came up and discovered one of the roof vents had moved he didn’t seem to have an answer to why or when but I suspect a lot of water got in there. The damage has gone about 10 ft across the ceiling and can see streaks that has run down the one wall. I an concerned mold might get started. He said he would just fix ceiling by grooving out the bubble and filling but I think it is a lot more involved then that. What say you?