When your roof sustains water damage, the water slowly flows down from the attic to the foundation of the house. This will risk the structural integrity of your home. This can also pose more safety risks and health menace to the household. Examples of damages from a leaky roof include a grave fire hazard from shorted electrical wiring and the possibility of mold growth.
Leaky Roof Can Lead To Water Damage
Possible problems must be identified as soon as they become apparent, otherwise, minor leaks may not be recognized at once.
Here are some of the less-evident ways a leaky roof can damage your home.
1. Mold and Mildew Build-up
Over a long period of time, one of the most serious consequences of a leaky roof is mold and mildew growth. Mold can spread throughout the home’s structure, to the HVAC system and then to the rest of the house through the vents where it can attack and occupy furniture, carpets, and even clothing. Black mold is the most common type resulting from chronic water intrusion. Black or dark patches that resemble a stain are the first signs of mold or mildew infestation. If you found these stains, it is important to locate their cause. A strong, musty odor coming out from the attic is also a key that there is water inside.
Health Concerns From Mold
Mold can cause harm to the home and health problems of the residents. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, mold and mildew can lead to serious health issues, especially for those with high sensitivity, including nasal congestion, rhinitis, inflammations, and asthma. Mold spores continue to be produced once it’s present and will lead to allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms, and more serious health problems.
2. Attic and Ceiling Damage
The first, existing dangers of a leaky roof are damage to the attic area and items stored there. If there is a huge size of the leak or if there is no attic, it will damage the interior ceiling. Affected ceiling paint will darken and ceiling plaster may bubble and expand. The leaking water also will damage paint and plaster on nearby walls. Damage on ceiling-mounted lights and fans can be expected, too.
3. Increased Utility Bills And Wasted Energy
Another side effect of a leaking roof is high or increased utility bills. Water intrusion is detrimental to the insulation in the attic area. If a roof leak repair is put off for a long time, chronic water intrusion will deplete the insulation significantly and your home will lose hot and cool air, resulting in higher utility bills.
4. Structural Integrity Damage
The most evident consequence of a leaking roof is the damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing, and even fascia boards and exterior trim. They can become victims of water intrusion. Chronic roof leaks lead to deterioration of wood. Weakened, rotten roof framing causes serious problems that require assistance from a professional.
5. Other Hazards From Water Damage
Long-term leaking may eventually cause electrical problems. If there is electrical wiring present in an attic or ceiling, a leaky roof could pose a fire threat from shorted wires. It is important to turn off electricity to the affected area and have an electrician examine it.
Slip and Fall Hazard
A severely leaking roof can cause water to puddle on the floor. This may not seem like a huge risk, but if you have an active family, and especially if you have children who like to run, you need to mop up the water to prevent human slips. Contaminants on the floor, including water, are the leading cause of slips and falls, according to research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Seek Professional Help
Our full team at Superior Restoration will be by your side to help you and ease your burden with water damage problems. Please don’t hesitate to contact our local office, Water Damage Murrieta. We offer 24/7 emergency service. Call us today to know more about our services.