A leaking roof is more than a big mess. It can also cause serious problems for the people who live there. To prevent the following 5 issues from happening, schedule an appointment with a roofing professional if your roof has sprung leakage.
- Damage to the ceiling and attic
If a roof leaks, the attic space beneath it is the first to be affected. This could lead to significant water damage if items are stored there or used as an additional room. If there is no attic, or a large leak, the interior ceiling may begin to fall.
- Damage to insulation
Water can cause insulation to clump and become less efficient at keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter. Mold can also be caused by water damage to insulation. This could lead to serious health problems. Regular inspections of your roof are a good way to spot any water leakage and prevent damage to your insulation.
- Mold and mildew
As we have already mentioned, mold and mildew can rapidly grow from water leaking into roofs. If left untreated it can spread throughout your home, through your structure, and even your HVAC system. The mold and mildew spores can be spread by the vents. This will make your home look unattractive and cause headaches, dry skin, coughing, and sneezing.
Leaks should be addressed immediately to protect your home and your health.
A serious roof leak can cause water to pool on your floor. This can damage your ceilings, carpets, and furniture, as well as lead to slip-and-fall accidents.
- Fire and shock
Water and electricity don’t mix. If your roof leaks near any wiring in the attic it could cause a short and create a fire hazard. Open wiring with water around it can become electrically charged. If you, or anyone else in your house, touches the wiring, you could be subject to a serious shock.
If your roof is leaking, immediately turn off the electricity and call a professional roofing contractor to assess the situation and make repairs as quickly as possible.
A roof leak that isn’t addressed quickly can become a costly catastrophe and pose a real danger to your home and the people living there. If you have any concerns about your roof, contact an expert to repair it. Also, make sure that it is checked after a storm.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in St Petersburg FL. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.