Some home issues are more difficult to detect than others, and roof leaks are certainly one of them. It can be difficult to identify sources of leaks, and once they are found, they’re quite costly to fix. Therefore, roof leak repair should take the highest priority on your list of home maintenance issues, especially in the few months remaining before the wet season. Like any other problem, it is best to look for the source as soon as possible and get a professional to sort it out, rather than leaving it to worsen and maybe even create the potential for personal injury. Better still is avoiding the problem altogether, which is why we recommend regular roof inspections to ensure that any roof damage is tended to before a leak forms.
Roof leaks can have further, more damaging and long-term effects on your home if you leave them for too long. Here are just a few major issues that can be caused by a leaking roof:
Reasons to check to leaks in your roof
1. Damage to your ceiling or attic
Big leaks can harm your ceiling and cost you a lot of money if the problem does not get fixed quickly. Leaking water could cause ceiling plaster to bubble and expand, as well as affect fans and lights attached to the ceiling and the paint of nearby walls. If you have an attic at home, a leaking roof could wet and damage items stored inside the attic.
2. Deterioration of your structure
With a leaking roof, water could go straight to the attic floor and to the bottom of your roof, and possibly all the way down to the framing. This can cause wet wood to rot and lose its strength, which could eventually cause the structure and foundation of your home to become spongy. Although it may take a few years for these problems to become noticeable, once they are apparent, the repair is likely to be extremely expensive.
3. Shock and fire hazard
Water from roof leaks can contact electrical wiring, which can create an open circuit if there’s any break in the insulation, thus creating the potential danger of a fire. Even without insulation damage, if water seeps around metal junction boxes containing uncovered wires, the spill can still be hazardous. Water seeping around open wiring can easily become electrically-charged, and could also shock anyone who touches it.
4. Ineffective insulation
High utility bills are another side effect of a leaking roof, as water intrusion is detrimental to the insulation in your attic. Water dripping from your roof will cause your cellulose or fiberglass insulation to become saturated, which takes a very long time to dry. Therefore, the chances are good that your cooling and heating system usage will increase and, in the long run, this will be evident in your energy bill.
5. Health concerns from mould
Having a constantly wet or damp roof will ultimately lead to mould in the home. Mould can have serious issues on you and your family’s health, especially for those with high sensitivity, including inflammations and asthma, nasal congestion and rhinitis. Once mould spores are present, they continue to be produced and could lead to allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms, and more serious health problems.
If you have leak concerns about your roof, don’t wait until the winter rain before booking a roof inspection. For a quote or more information, please feel free to get in touch with us. One of our team members will gladly explain more and schedule an inspection or quote.