Be Careful! Leaky Roofs Can Cause More Damage Than You Think

March 25, 2020 5:43 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It might seem like a leak in your roof is a relatively small problem, but without being able to see the full extent of the damage, there’s a possibility there’s much more hidden damage than you might expect. For this reason, any time you notice a leak in your roof, it is crucial that you take quick action to get the issue resolved, whether that be in the form of repairing or replacing the roof.

Here are just a few of the ways roof leaks can cause some significant water damage to your home in Salt Lake City, UT:

  • Mold and mildew: When leaks are not fixed quickly after being discovered, they can cause some long-term mold and mildew issues. Mold can easily spread throughout the structure of the home and into the HVAC system. This can cause a variety of problems, including respiratory distress due to mold exposure, as well as weakened structural integrity of all affected materials, including wood, drywall, plaster, carpeting, furniture and more. Mold is difficult and expensive to get rid of in large quantities, so it’s important to take immediate action when you see mold to avoid these problems.
  • Attic and ceiling damage: Because the attic is right below your roof, this is the first spot that’s most likely to see damage. Any items stored there could be damaged when the roof starts to leak. If you do not have an attic or if there is a sizable leak, you’ll start to see interior ceiling damage. The paint will begin to darken, and the plaster or drywall in the ceiling could start to bubble. Ceiling-mounted fans and lights could also sustain damage if they’re located in the path of the leak.
  • Slip and fall dangers: A roof with severe leaking can cause puddles on the floor, which can quickly become a slip and fall hazard, especially if you have children running around the house. You should always place a bucket under an active leak until you’re able to get someone out to repair the damage.
  • Wasted energy: Water intrusion can damage your home’s insulation, which means it will not be able to shield your home as efficiently against the exterior air. As that insulation becomes saturated, it will take a long time to dry out, and chronic water intrusion will damage its ability to keep treated air in your home and outdoor air out. This will lead to substantially higher monthly energy bills over time.
  • Fire hazards: Water damage can affect electrical wiring in some cases, which means a leaking roof could actually become a fire threat if the water from the leak shorts the wires. You should consider turning off electricity to any affected area, and have an electrician come and examine any potentially affected wiring before resuming normal use once the roof has been repaired.

For more information about how roof damage in Salt Lake City, UT can become extremely problematic for homeowners, we encourage you to contact the team at Stubbs Roofing, Inc. today.

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