Leaky roofs are tricky. Sometimes the source isn’t so obvious, which means it can be difficult if not impossible for the average homeowner to find and correct. One thing’s for sure: Leaky roofs can cause big problems, so be sure to consult with a professional roof repair contractor in Virginia if you suspect you have a leak.
From slip and fire hazards to damaged ceilings and attics, here’s a look at the many problems a leaky roof can cause when not caught and treated early.
Damaged Ceilings and Attics
Because your attic and ceilings are directly underneath the roof, that’s the first place you’ll see damage. You’ll probably notice water marks and stains on your ceilings, not to mention wet and damaged contents in your attic. Water damage restoration costs for your ceiling or attic can range between $350 and $1,250, so it’s important to address that damage before it gets out of control.
It’s important to note that water from a leaky roof rarely runs straight down. It tends to travel along paths such as beams and other structures in a zig zag pattern. So just because you notice water damage in one bedroom on the upper floor, for instance, doesn’t mean the leak originated directly above it. That’s why it’s so critical to have a roof repair specialist inspect the area and pinpoint the cause of the leak.
Mold and Mildew
A leak in your roof can result in a serious mold or mildew problem, which poses health risks to your family. However, mold and mildew doesn’t just stay in one place. Mold spores, for instance, can travel through your HVAC systems, which can exacerbate allergies, asthma, compromised immune systems, and environmental sensitivities in occupants. Removing the mold and mildew is very important, but even more important is to remove the source of those materials: the leak and resulting water damage.
When water leaks into your attic, it gets absorbed by the insulation. When saturated, the insulation clumps together and thus can’t do its job properly, which is to keep you comfortable all year round as well as ensure energy efficiency. Mold can also grow in saturated insulation, which is yet another reason to get any suspected leaks checked out right away. The longer you let wet insulation sit neglected, the more chance there is of mold development and energy inefficiency.
Drywall can’t be exposed to water or it will retain moisture, sag, and peel. However, a leaky roof doesn’t care that drywall is in the way of its path. Your drywall will absorb the moisture and start to buckle, sag, or come apart. Sagging drywall affects the structural integrity of your home, so it’s important not to let the damage get that far.
As mentioned above, water damaged insulation can lead to energy inefficiency. When your insulation can’t do its job, your HVAC system works harder than it should have to, which sucks up energy and increases your energy bills. Not only is this bad for the environment, it will drain your wallet. If you have noticed inconsistent temperatures throughout your home or higher than normal energy bills, water damaged insulation could be to blame.
As you know, water and electricity don’t mix. So if you know you have a leak in your attic and that attic has wiring, this could pose a fire hazard. Hire an electrician to come out and take a look to protect you from shocks, and make sure your home is safeguarded against sparks that may catch and cause a fire. Never touch wires that you think were exposed to water. It’s always best to hire an electrician first.
A slippery floor can lead to injuries, and a leaky roof can almost certainly lead to slippery conditions that compromise your family’s safety – especially if you have kids or elderly family members. Leaks form puddles and moist patches that anyone can slip on. If you notice an obvious dripping leak, place buckets under the source and then make a call to your roof repair contractor as well as your homeowner’s insurance company.
There are many other signs you may have a leaky roof, such as cracked or missing tiles, lifted or curling shingles, shingle degranulation, or weed growth on your roof.
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