There’s no denying that roof leaks can render your home structurally unsound and potentially cause slipping accidents, but they’re more hazardous than you realize. Here are the lesser-known dangers of a leaky roof:
If your energy bill unnaturally increased following a storm, water leakage could be the culprit. Your attic insulation must remain dry to do its job. Its effectiveness diminishes when it becomes damp. Fiberglass or cellulose insulation takes a while to dry out, allowing unwanted heat loss in the meantime. Chronic water infiltration could deplete your insulation considerably, which is why checking the attic is a must during roof maintenance.
If you have electrical wiring in the attic or ceiling, shorted wires could cause a fire when it becomes wet. Any electrician would recommend shutting off the power to the area where there’s water leakage to prevent fires.
Any experienced residential roofing professional is aware that a leak can cause shock. Anyone touching the water seeping around open wiring runs the risk of getting electrocuted.
Did you know that little drops of water could become a force strong enough to bring down your entire ceiling? Undetected leaks can pool behind the drywall. Its weight would continue to increase and cause your ceiling to sag and eventually cave in.
Indoor Mold Growth
Mold only needs a warm and damp environment to grow. This is why it thrives indoors when there’s a roof leak. Clumped insulation is food for mold spores, too, providing enough nutrients to keep them alive and allow them to multiply. If you suddenly find your family living with mold, you might need to schedule a roof repair.
Identify roof leaks before they cause you bigger problems. Whether you suspect the presence of water leakage coming or just want to set up a meticulous inspection to uncover hidden roof problems, you can rely on Crown Roofing. Call us now at (604) 210-6655 for your free roof evaluation in Surrey or Vancouver.