A leaky roof is more than a mess. Danger lurks beneath the soggy surface. Here are some of the problems caused by a leaky roof.
1. Attic and Ceiling Damage
Attic damage and any items stored in its path is the first casualty of a roof leak.
If you don’t have an attic or have a large leak, it will damage the interior ceiling. You’ll notice darkened ceiling paint, and ceiling plaster may bubble and expand if this happens.
2. Insulation Damage
Insulation damage is another common roof leak problem. Damaged insulation clumps and loses its effectiveness to keep your home cool in the summer and heated in the winter.
Clumped insulation is also a breeding ground for mold, which grows even in dry weather.
Regular roof maintenance can help detect leaks and other issues that may lead to more significant problems.
3. Mold and Mildew Invasion
One of the biggest problems caused by a leaky roof is mold and mildew growth. If left untreated, the mold can spread throughout your home’s structure and infiltrate your home’s HVAC system. From there, it can invade the rest of your home through the vents spreading in walls, carpets, and even furniture.
Black mold is the most common. It’s not only unsightly, but it can also make you very sick. Exposure symptoms include coughing, sneezing, eye irritation, nasal congestion, dry or scaly skin, chronic fatigue, rashes, headaches, and more.
Repair leaks as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew.
4. Slip and Fall Accidents
A heavily leaking roof can cause water to pool on the floor, potentially becoming a slip and fall hazard. Pooling water is a serious risk for homeowners and commercial businesses.
You can face expensive medical bills and possible legal action.
5. Fire and Shock Hazards
Water and electricity do not mix. If the roof leak is near any attic wiring, it can cause a short in the wires, becoming a fire hazard.
Water seeping around open wiring can become electrically charged. Anyone touching the wiring could be shocked.
If you notice a leak, turn off electricity to the area and get it checked by a roofing contractor immediately.
How to Avoid Problems Caused by a Leaky Roof
A roof leak is one of those household maintenance issues you might be tempted to put on the backburner.
Avoid problems caused by a leaky roof with routine maintenance and inspections by a trusted local roofing company.
Don’t brush off your roof’s minor problems. Stop damage before it escalates with regular roof inspections and roof tune-ups. Contact Perry Roofing Company today for a FREE estimate. 479.306.4327