Why You Need To Deal With A Leaky Roof As Soon As Possible…

leaky roof damageA leaky roof never gets better by itself. In fact, once water penetrates the roof membrane, things get steadily worse with every rainfall. First, leakage damages roof decking, seams, and fasteners, compromising the structure of the roof. At this point, unless you are regularly inspecting the outside or underside of the roof, you may have no idea that a leak is occurring. Soon, however, the signs will become much harder to miss.

Reasons to keep an eye on your roof for leaks

Here are some reasons why a leaky roof must be addressed ASAP:

  • Once water-saturated wooden structure inside the attic begins to rot, there will be no remedy other than removal and replacement of these constituents, which means substantial and expensive construction work.
  • Mold growth inside a chronically wet attic is not merely probable, it is presumptive. Airborne mold spores will contaminate living spaces below through the HVAC ducts or vents, spreading mold throughout the house.
  • Electrical wiring, junction boxes, recessed ceiling lights, and other powered components in the attic are often ruined by water exposure. They may also short circuit when wet, causing potential fire and shock hazard danger.
  • Water degrades two common types of attic insulation. Water-saturated cellulose insulation will not dry and must be removed and discarded. While fiberglass insulation doesn’t absorb water and will eventually dry (thermal performance of the material will be substantially reduced during this period), moisture may still trigger mold growth inside the insulation. Moldy insulation must be removed and replaced.
  • After insulation, the downward migration of water from a leaky roof has one more place to go: your ceiling. Ceilings affected by roof leakage first exhibit water stains. As drywall that composes the ceiling becomes increasingly saturated, it may sag and eventually collapse.
  • Homeowner’s insurance typically pays for water damage due to a leaky roof only if leakage is recognized and dealt with in a timely manner. If a homeowner ignores stains on the ceiling or other conspicuous indications of water in the attic and delays repair, coverage may be denied.

 

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