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The Dangers of Water Damage Caused by Roof Leaks


When you have a roof leak, you may think that is nothing more than an inconvenience. However, a leaky roof can be hazardous to your health, as well as to your home. It is important to note, that if you have a roof leak, you want to get this repaired as soon as possible. Left untreated, the roof leak can cause severe damage to your home as well as serious health implications, for both you and your family.


Mold


Where there is a roof leak, there is mold. Mold is a fungus that can pose a health risk once it is inside the home. While removing mold from your home is very expensive, it is essential to do so. When mold spores are touched or breathed in, they can irritate the skin, nose, eyes, and throat. For some people who have asthma, mold can trigger an asthma attack. In some states, the law requires homeowners who are selling their home to release whether or not there has been mold in the house. When there is a roof leak, mold can build quickly, and it is imperative to stop the roof leak as soon as possible.


Wet Electrical Wiring


In your home, you will have hundreds of feet of electrical wiring that is in your attic. When there is a leaky roof, that can expose wiring to water can cause a severe fire hazard.


Structural Damage to Your Home


Water will cause wood to rot, so if your roof is leaking you could experience damage to your joists, walls, and rafters. The longer the roof leak goes on, the worse the damage will be. You could end up spending thousands of dollars to repair the damage. Call a roofing contractor the minute you have any indication that there is a roof leak.


Energy Wasting


When the insulation in your attic becomes saturated with water, your home will not hold in the heat and cold air. The insulation when wet does not keep the air from leaving your home. You will get higher electrical bills, and you will not be able to keep your house as warm or cool as you would want.


If you have a leaky roof, you will want a roof repair completed as soon as possible. Take a look at your home for signs of a roof leak. These signs will include discoloration on the ceiling, bulging ceiling, and dripping water. If you see any indication of water damage, you will want to call a roofing expert immediately.