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Unexpected Hazards of a Leaky Roof

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, you are may be guilty of putting off household problems such as cleaning your appliances and changing your furnace filter. However, a leaky roof is a household problem that should never be put off. Whether your roof is leaking due to storm damage or improper installation, it must be taken care of right away.

Many homeowners think a leaky roof is due to structural problems, but it can pose safety and health risk to everyone in the household. Consistent water intrusion will work its way down from the attic to the foundation of the house, causing extensive and costly damage.

Here are some unexpected ways a leaky roof can damage your home:

Mold Issues - Mold just needs two things to grow: water and humidity. It can infest a home in as little as 48 hours and even the tiniest of unchecked leaks can produce an infestation. With a household mold infestation can come allergens and irritants, making it an uncomfortable living.

Attic and Ceiling Damage – A leaky roof can damage ceiling paint, causing the ceiling plaster to bubble and expand. The water can also damage paint and plaster to surrounding walls. You can expect damage on ceiling-mounted lights and fans as well.

Fire Hazards – If your electrical wiring is present in your attic or ceiling, a leaky rood can pose a fire risk from shorted wires. It is highly advised to turn off electricity to the area that is affected immediately and have an electrician examine it.

Slip and Fall Hazard – A leaky roof can cause water to puddle on the floor. This doesn’t seem like a huge risk, but anyone in your household could slip and fall, potentially hurting themselves.

Higher Utility Bills – Water intrusion can be damaging to the insulation in your attic area, potentially causing your home to lose hot and cool air in your home. This issue will result in higher utility bills and no homeowner wants that.

Compromised Structure - Prolonged roof leaks lead to wood deterioration and weakened. Rotted roof framing causes serious problems that require help from a professional contractor. Homeowners can also face expensive wood framing repairs if water seeps down into ceiling joists and walls.

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