There are all kinds of household issues – they’re a part of owning a home. You can have a minor plumbing leak, a toilet that clogs frequently, chipping paint, faulty electrical wiring, a kitchen sink that’s prone to clogging due to grease, and you can have a leaky roof.
Some household issues can be put off, while others should take the highest priority. A roof leak for example, should be at the top of your list. Why? Because, a roof leak can lead to water damage, which is serious business. It can ruin a home and it can make it unsafe.
Roof leaks develop for a variety of reasons, such as a lack of maintenance, faulty installation, or wind or storm damage. However, the average roof is designed to last between 20 and 30 years so yours may have reached its lifespan and simply need to be replaced because it’s time.
So, why is even a small roof leak a big deal? If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you may not think you have a structural problem, but a leaky roof can actually place your safety and health at risk. It can cause a structural problem. When you have a lot of water intrusion, it can work its way down the attic to the foundation, wreaking havoc along the way.
Here are some ways that a minor roof leak can damage a home:
- It can damage the attic and the items stored there.
- If the leak is big, it can damage the interior ceiling.
- It can cause the ceiling paint to darken, bubble and expand.
- The water can damage the plaster and paint on walls.
- The water can damage lights and fans mounted to the ceiling.
- The water can lead to mold and mildew growth, which is hazardous to your health. Mold is especially dangerous for small children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
- If there is electrical wiring in your attic or ceiling, a leaky roof can cause a fire threat because the water can short the wires.
- A severely leaky roof can lead to puddles on the floor, which is a slip and fall hazard.
- Leaky roofs affect attic insulation and can therefore lead to increased heating and cooling bills.
- A leaky roof can lead to damaged ceiling joists, rafters, and framing due to the water intrusion. A chronic leak can cause wood to weaken and deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs.
Do you have a leaky roof? If so, don’t delay. Contact Green Home Solutions, LLC at (216) 220-4527 to schedule a service call.