Suspect a Leaky Roof? Avoid More Than Just Water Damage and Get it Fixed

leaky roofA leaky roof often gives no warning and few signs. Water leakage into an attic can proceed silently, unnoticed by homeowners until significant damage is done. Water stains on the ceiling—or worse, collapsing ceiling segments—are literally the last sign of a leaky roof.  By then, layers of attic insulation are water-soaked and permanently ruined and any possessions stored in the attic are damaged. Here’s why a leaky roof must be repaired sooner, not later:

Electrical hazards. Plenty of electrical wires and junction boxes are installed in the attic. These components are not designed to be exposed to water or a continuously wet environment. Short circuits resulting from water intrusion can cause fires, if not in the attic itself, then elsewhere in the affected circuit. They can also present a shock hazard to anyone entering the attic to make repairs. If a roof leak is detected, turn off electricity to attic circuits at the main breaker panel. Always have an attic that has sustained continuous roof leakage inspected by an electrician.

Toxic environment. Dormant mold spores in the dark, enclosed attic only need moisture from roof leaks to convert to active growing mold. A mold colony disperses millions of airborne reproductive spores—linked to allergic responses, respiratory illnesses and other symptoms in susceptible individuals—establishing a continuous source of toxic air that infiltrates your entire home.

Structural issues. Wooden building materials including subroofing and studs exposed to continuous water leakage will rot and the attic may require substantial renovation to restore structural integrity. In addition, once mold has grown into the surface of wooden building materials in the attic, the affected portions may need to be cut out and replaced with new material to ensure complete decontamination.

For more of the unseen hazards of a leaky roof, contact the experts at Rytech.

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