Think a leaky roof isn’t that big of a deal? You may want to rethink the situation and follow up by taking immediate action when discovering a leak in your roof. The National Association of Home Builders recommends roof inspections for your property at least every three years. It may catch early signs of roof damage and save you time and money. Unfortunately, if you skip this part of roof maintenance, unnoticed damage may lead to sudden deterioration of the property. Here are five dangers to know about leaky roofs and how they may lead to structural damage.
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1. Damage to ceilings and attics
Ceilings of rooms located on upper floors such as an attic or bedroom are prone to damage from leaks. Risk of additional cost is likely to belongings occupying space in the room if the ceiling collapses. Structural damage that may occur from trapped moisture includes damage to walls, plaster, and paint. Discoloration of walls may occur along with bubbles forming and expanding within the plaster.
2. Trapped moisture creating mold and mildew
Moisture trapped in wood beams and other structured areas of the roof may lead to mold growth within ceiling tiles, wood frames, and parts of the flooring when mildew growth spreads. During situations of significant widespread mold growth, not only is the structure of the property is at risk, but the HVAC system presents health risks because the system may spread mold spores throughout the interior structure to furniture, carpeting, and clothes.
3. Integrity of the property structure is questionable
The roof is essential to any structure, but there are additional elements that put the whole structure of the property into question when a leaky roof isn’t tended to right away. Things such as ceiling joists, rafters, and exterior trim may lead to weakness or deterioration of the material. Get great information from a qualified contractor if you suspect serious damages in need of inspection.
4. Electrical fire hazard risks
Shorted wires may spark a fire to the structure if they get in contact with moisture from a leaky roof. Depending on where your electrical system is stored within the structure, if it is near where leaking has occurred, it is recommended to have it checked out by a professional electrician. In the meantime, turn off the electricity where moisture has set in.
5. Drywall damage concerns
When sections of ceiling drywall come in contact with moisture, it may collapse instead of crumble. The material within drywall leads to absorption of moisture. The problem gets worse from here because the drywall may deteriorate as a result of the moisture expansion. Drywall used for walls may lead to weak walls crumbling into dust pieces.
A well-constructed roof may last for years, but it depends on what was used to make it. If you see damage to shingles, skylights, roof tiles, or clogged gutters, your roof may need attention ASAP! A long-standing leak may lead to tremendous structural damage. Only time will tell when part of the ceiling decides to collapse on personal belongings creating an unfortunate disruption.