4 Dangers of Leaving Your Roof Leak Unaddressed
Updated: Jul 25
Don't Ignore Your Leaking Roof!
As a homeowner, one of the worst things you can do is ignore a leak in your roof. A leak will not disappear overnight and will only get worse. A roof leak can cause all sorts of different problems in your home and here are just a few...
Compromised Structural Integrity
Roof leaks can deteriorate and weaken wood leading to costly structural replacements and repairs. Water can damage your ceiling joints, fascia board, exterior trim, roof rafters and much more. If you see or suspect any signs of a roof leak then you need to call a roofing contractor ASAP. They will help track down the source of the leak, repair or replace your roof and prevent water damage.
Higher Utility Costs
High utility bills are another side effect of a leaking roof, water intrusion is detrimental to insulation in an attic. It can take an extremely long time for the cellulose or fiberglass insulation to dry out. If a roof leak repair is put off for a long time, chronic water will deplete the insulation and your home will lose hot and cool air, resulting in higher utility bills.
Mold & Mildew Growth
Roof leaks can increase your home’s humidity and given enough time result in mold and mildew. Mold can spread throughout your home’s structure by traveling through the vents and HVAC system. It can also compromise carpet, furniture and even clothes. Getting rid of mold is expensive so preventing mold growth from happening is extremely important. Regular roof inspections and maintenance can prevent this issue.
We rarely think about the electrical components in a building or home, but there is wiring everywhere! If water touches exposed wiring, this can create an electrical spark that could potentially create a fire. This creates a real danger to anyone inside or around the home. So a roof leak is not something that should be ignored.