While there are some home issues where you can safely afford to delay repair, a leaky roof is not one of them. Leaky roofs pose six major dangers if not addressed immediately by a professional roofer. Here’s what will happen if you take the “wait and see” approach with your leaky roof.
1. Fire hazard
If water comes into contact with electrical wiring in your attic, the wires can short. This creates a fire hazard. If you have wiring in the attic, bring out an electrician. They can turn off electricity to the area, reducing your risk, and examine the wiring for safety.
2. Attic and ceiling damage
Once a roof starts leaking, your attic — and everything stored there — is damaged by water. A really large leak can damage your interior ceiling, as can a roof leak when there’s no attic. Leaks affect the ceiling by discoloring the paint, causing the plastic to bubble, and harming lights and ceiling fans.
3. Deteriorating home structure
Leaks compromise your home’s structural integrity by enabling water damage to roof components. When water gets inside the framing or ceiling joists, the wood can rot. Repairing your home structure will require a professional contractor and significant expense.
4. Mold and mildew
Mold and mildew will grow as water saturates the attic. Once it develops, mold can spread through your HVAC system, affecting your clothing, furniture, rugs, and other possessions. It’s difficult and expensive to get rid of mold.
5. Mold-related health issues
Exposure to mold causes respiratory ailments, allergies, asthmatic episodes, and other health problems, especially for individuals who are highly sensitive to mold. Once mold develops, you’ll feel sick until you remove all the mold and mildew, a lengthy and expensive process.
6. Higher utility costs
Roof leaks saturate your attic insulation with water. Wet insulation won’t perform very well. As a result, your home heating or cooling costs will increase until the leaks are fixed.
Get a Quote for Leaky Roof Repair in Cincinnati
At Brandstetter’s KangaRoof, we provide emergency roof repairs throughout the Cincinnati area. We’ll send an experienced technician to check things out. You’ll receive an estimate developed with our StraightForward Pricing, and any work we complete is covered by our 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed. Get your estimate today, and protect your home and your health, by contacting us at 513.713.0418.