- By Cincinnati Window Design
- In Roof Repair & Installation
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There are many different household problems that can be put off for a bit of time but a roof leak repair needs your highest priority. Roofing leaks can develop for a variety of reasons… improper roof installation, wind or storm damage, or a lack of maintenance. Keep in mind that most roofs are only meant to last 20 to 30 years so it could simply be time to replace your roof. Do not wait to contact a local roofing contractor if you find signs of a leaky roof. Here are four common risk that you face if you put off repairs…
Mold And Mildew
Mold and mildew can lead to serious health issues, especially for those with high sensitivity, including nasal congestion, rhinitis, inflammations and asthma, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mold spores continue to be produced once it’s present and will lead to allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms, and more serious health problems. Even a few days of water leakage from your roof can start mold to grow in warm dark areas of your home. The mold cam even damage your walls, ceiling, and floors.
If your electrical wiring is present in an attic or ceiling, a leaky roof could pose a fire threat from shorted wires. It is highly recommended to turn off electricity to the area that’s affected and have an professional take a look at it. Moisture in your ceiling and walls can come in contact with your electrical wiring and outlets. It could even cause an electrical fire, appliance damage, or personal injury.
When insulation gets wet it does a number on your utility costs. It goes from being an insulator, saving you money, to a conductor, costing you additional money to heat and cool the building. A roof leak can cause water to pool in your attic and walls, which can soak into your insulation. You would need to remove any wet insulation you find, and replace it with the same thickness. Your home will lose a significant amount of energy efficiency if the insulation is soaked with water.
While you may think a small leak is not worth repairing… remember small leaks can turn into major problems. The most obvious consequence of a leaking roof is the damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing, and fascia boards and exterior trim can become victims of water intrusion. A small amount of water can soak the wood of your home. This would also create soft spots in the roof which would cause more leaks, ice dams, and even a collapsed roof. So our advice is never ignore a small roof leak. Call a Roofing Professional to evaluate your roof leak. Water is the silent enemy of roof systems, and it’s no picnic once it gets inside the building, either.
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