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Why a Leaky Roof Is a Dangerous Roof

During the rainy season, we schedule many indoor activities to ensure our time remains occupied throughout the season. Surprisingly, we neglect our roofs and only realize their condition when a leak occurs during heavy rain.

The true extent of the damage caused by a leaking roof often eludes our grasp until we encounter it firsthand. This article aims to give you a full understanding of a leaky roof and its associated risks.

Fire Hazard

Many homeowners feel safe with wires running through their ceilings, attics, and walls. In case of water leakage, it can cause fire risks when it comes into contact with a shorted wire. To prevent such occurrences, you should promptly disconnect the electricity if you suspect water leakage in your home. Secondly, contact a professional roofer to fix the problem as soon as possible. 

Rotting Frames

Continuous water leakage for a prolonged period can damage the framing, causing it to rot. The rotting will compromise the frame’s integrity, hence affecting the stability of your house. Many times, wood used indoors is not treated enough to handle water leakage. 

If you see water dripping from your ceiling, it’s an indication that the water has advanced to the framing. Rotten frames can cause several structural issues, e.g. deteriorated support beams and posts or even roof collapse. 

Mold and Mildew 

Mold and mildew grow very fast where there is moisture or dampness. Due to roof leaks, our home becomes damp, leading to the growth of biological contaminants. Apart from foul odor, mold and mildew cause serious respiratory health problems. Some mold types produce mycotoxins, which can cause severe neurological damage to pets or humans exposed to them. 

Attic and Ceiling Damage

Leak roofs allow water to seep into your attic and ceiling, destroying anything stored there. The walls can also encourage mold growth due to water accumulation. As water flows through the gaps and cracks, it can get to your ceiling, causing several types of damage. These include bubbling, darkening and staining. 

Wooden ceilings can absorb water and rot or swell. This compromises its quality and can cause it to fall, resulting in physical injuries or damaged household items. 

Even small leaks can lead to severe problems if left unattended. Taking care of a leak during its initial stages prevents further damage and costly repairs. For professional roof inspection and repairs, don’t hesitate to contact Forever Roofing.