Addressing Roof Leak Damage
If you don’t know how serious roof leaks are by now, it’s time to get informed. While everyone can agree that leaks are a frustrating mess, too many homeowners still do not realize the structural damage that can result from failing to deal with leaks in a timely manner.
What Damage Can a Leaking Roof Cause?
The following problems can be caused by roof leak damage:
Ceiling Damage, Attic Damage & Other Structural Integrity Issues
Rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing, fascia boards, and exterior trim can all become damaged because of leaks. On top of all this, two larger areas likely to be affected by a roof leak are your attic (if you have one) and your ceiling.
Wood may become warped, the paint may darken, and the plaster may bubble and expand on the ceiling wall. Ceiling-mounted lights and fans are also likely to be damaged. But the problems don’t stop there.
Damage to your attic and ceiling often spreads to other walls, too. If you see that a leak has already begun to break down and chip away at your ceiling and attic, call for roofing service right away, before the damage gets any worse.
Mold & Mildew Growth
While you may not notice them growing right away, mold and mildew are one of the biggest issues that result from leaky roofs over time.
If left unattended, mold can spread all across your home over time, infecting your HVAC system and making its way through your vents and even onto your clothes, furniture, and carpeting. Black mold in particular is extremely important to watch out for.
Arising from water intrusion, toxic black mold is rare, however, non-toxic black mold is also a nasty issue, as it breaks down:
- Wood framing
- Ceiling tiles
- And wall and floor coverings
Yet mold and mildew cause more than aesthetic problems for your home. They also can have serious consequences for individuals with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
Mold spores attack your airways, causing breathing problems and leading to:
- And other severe reactions
Bottom line: mold and mildew are dangerous, and also expensive to get rid of. The sooner you call for leak repair, the greater the chances are you won’t have to deal with them.
If there is electrical wiring in your attic or ceiling, a leak in your roof could short out the wires, posing a serious fire hazard. Make sure to turn off the power in your home if you notice you have a leaky roof and call a professional roofer right away (and potentially an electrician as well.)
Even if it turns out the damage has not affected your electrical system, it’s better to be safe and secure in your house than try to pick up the pieces following a dangerous fire.
A leaky roof may cause water to pool in puddles around your floor. If you have a big family, and particularly if you have young children, you’ll want to take care of roof leaks right away, so no one slips and falls on these puddles.
While this may sound like obvious advice, too often what can be controlled for a limited amount of time with a bucket will spiral out of control and lead to a wet, hazardous mess without professional assistance.
Increased Energy Costs
We already discussed how your attic is likely to suffer structural damage if you have a leaky roof. One way this damage spreads, however, is when a leak reaches your insulation.
When the insulation in your attic becomes moist due to a leak, it can take a long time to dry out. The more damage to your insulation there is, the more hot and cold air you will end up wasting in your home, resulting in higher utility bills for you.
Don’t Let a Leaking Roof Rain on Your Parade! Call Our Professional Roofers Today.
At Divine Roofing, Inc., our team has over 14 years of experience helping families keep a roof over their heads and protect their homes.
When you call Divine Roofing, Inc. for a leak repair, you can expect:
- Emergency service, designed to prevent further damage
- Identification of any design flaws in the initial manufacturing or construction of your roof
- A detailed inspection to uncover the full extent of any damage
- An honest recommendation from our technician, ranging from a simple repair to a full replacement
As a GAF Factory-Certified Master Elite® Roofing Contractor, a Better Business Bureau-approved service provider, and a top-rated Angie’s List company, we have a reputation for going above and beyond for our customers, and will always make sure your roof gets exactly what it needs.