A leaky roof should always be a top priority “fix-it” item on every homeowner’s checklist.
We look for them and fix them as soon as possible. Otherwise they become huge issues and even dangerous down the road.
More than structural integrity damage, leaky and damaged roofs can pose safety and health risks. Simple roof damage can devolve into water damage throughout your home and into your foundation, causing it to crack.
As you can imagine, all of these things can really add up to huge expenses. Which is why roof inspections, both annually and after big storms, can save you a ton of money and headache down the road.
Things That Cause A Leaky Roof
- Improper installation
- Hail damage
- Wind/Storm damage
- Poor maintenance
- Going too long without roof inspection
- Not cleaning out your gutters
- Old age/time to replace
Issues That Are Caused By A Leaky Roof
- Mold/Mildew: Mold can quickly spread throughout your home’s structure. It can creep through your HVAC system, which then blows out into your home into your furniture, carpets, and lungs. Not good.
Black mold is an extremely common mold that happens from water leaks. Even if you don’t have the toxic kind of black mold, it can ruin your framing, ceiling, floors, and walls. And if it’s the toxic form of black mold, you have some serious health risks on your hands.
Mold and mildew can hurt your health, including aggravating inflammation, asthma, congestion, amd rhinitis. Prolonged exposure can cause, worsen, and create new health problems.
Mold and mildew are almost always tough and costly to get rid of. Stop it in its tracks by keeping your roof maintained and checking for sneaky leaks.
- Compromised Structure: Sometime this is the most obvious leaky roof damage. Water damage can cause rotting wood in your rafters, framing, and joists. It also causes outer damage as well. A leaky roof will damage your attic and then your ceiling, as it bubbles and cracks.
As the wood rots, paint peels, ceilings crack, water damage can make it’s way to corrupt your home’s foundation.
It can eventually cause your roof to cave in. Best case scenario, it’s hole in your roof and you have to fix it. Worst case, you were under it. Either way, not good. Chronic roof leaks means super expensive and big repairs in your future. So take care of it right away while it’s still a minor repair.
- Personal Safety Hazard: Health issues from mold and mildew are most often talked about when it comes to your leaky roof. But water damage can also we a fire hazard. Wherever electrical wiring is (which is most likely your roof and walls), a leaky roof can cause shorted wires, which can then start a fire.
If you have extensive water damage, you should shut off the electricity in that area and hire an electrician to help you fix the problem.
Another issue could arise from pooling water. Kids and those at risk of falling could hurt themselves in the water puddles.
- Expensive Bills: Water damage hurts the insulation in your attic, which then costs you a lot more money to heat and cool your home.
These are the sometimes hidden dangers and expenses of a leaky roof. So take precautions, get those annual and post-storm checks done, and you should save yourself a lot of grief in the future.
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