There are many household problems that can be put off until later, but fixing a leaking roof is not one of them. In fact, it should always be prioritized no matter what the season. Here’s why.
1. Moisture Damage
The attic, ceiling and roofing support structure are mostly made of wood, which happens to be vulnerable to damage caused by moisture. While these components are treated for resistance to high humidity levels, they can be damaged by water coming from a leaking roof. This can result in rot that can later compromise the roof’s structure. Further issues like water stains, blistering paint and swollen plaster can also happen if the moisture makes its way towards other parts of the house.
Mold thrives in warm and humid places, away from direct sunlight. A leaking roof meets all three conditions, making it the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold causes more than just its tell-tale odor and hard-to-remove stains. Its spores can trigger like allergies and respiratory problems including rhinitis, asthma and nasal congestion. If it spreads throughout the attic, it may necessitate a premature roof replacement.
3. Electrical Hazard
Water from a roof leak may find its way into electrical wiring, power outlets or appliances, which can lead to shorted wiring. If you notice water dripping into these parts of your home, don’t touch the appliance or try to unplug it. Instead, turn it off from the panel, and call a local electrician as soon as possible.
4. Slipping Hazard
Water from a leaking roof can form puddles on the floor where you least expect it, making it a slipping hazard for anyone in your home. If you have carpeting that isn’t adhered to the floor, water can make its way under the carpets and make them slippery.
5. Damage to Attic Insulation
Most types of attic insulation form clumps when in direct contact with water. When this happens, the insulation layer forms holes that would defeat its purpose. Poor insulation can facilitate thermal transfer and allow heat to easily pass between your indoor and outdoor spaces. This results in higher indoor heating and cooling requirements, meaning higher energy bills.
Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing and Exteriors is one of the leading roofing companies serving communities in Jacksonville. Give us a call at (904) 262-6636. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.