The Dangers of Ignoring a Roof Leak

Some household repairs can be delayed but a leaking roof is not one of them. Once the roof has begun to leak, it will continue to expand to allow increasingly more and more water through. This constant flow of water will eventually work its way down from the attic to the foundation of your home, causing plenty of costly damage along the way. A leaking roof is much more than an annoyance, it’s a repair that can’t wait!

Attic and Ceiling Damage

The initial dangers of a roof leak are water damage in your atticmaterials and items stored there. The water will then travel into your home’s interior ceilings, damaging the paint and plaster as well as ceiling-mounted lights and fans. If your electrical wiring is present in an attic or ceiling, the leak could also pose a fire hazard from shorted wires.

Compromised Structural Integrity

A chronic roof leak can damage rafters, ceiling joists, wall and roof framing, fascia boards, and exterior trim can become victims of water intrusion. This structural damage is inevitable with long-standing roof leaks, even small ones, and the longer you wait to get repairs, the worse the damage will get.

InteriorMold and Mildew Issues

A long term consequence of a roof leak is the growth of mold and mildew. Mold can quickly spread throughout your homes structureand if it invades your HVAC system it can spread to the rest of your house through the vents. Mold can cause severe health issues, especially in children, older adults, and pregnant women. It can trigger allergic reactions, exacerbate symptoms of asthma, contribute to upper respiratory infections, and cause congestion and coughs.

Wasted Energy and Animal Infestations

Holes in your roof will let cold air out in the summer and hot air out in the winter and chronic water intrusion will deplete your home’sinsulation, resulting in higher utility bills. Insects, rodents, and small animals can enter through the hole in your roof leading to animal infestations.

Call a Professional Today

It is extremely important to be on the lookout for roof leaks and any signs of damages so you can repair them as soon as possible. Don’t ignore a roof leak no matter how small! Call the professional roofing team at Reset Roofing. We will conduct a full inspection to detect the source of your leak, then we will provide you with an itemized quote that details all the damage and the materials needed for your repair. Together we can protect your home, bank account, and the health and safety of your family. Call us or use our online contact form to discuss all your roofing questions and concerns.

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