Drip. Drip. Drip.
The incessant dripping of a leak in your home can be enough to drive you up a wall. Aside from the headache that comes from the constant drips and drops, a leaking roof can also lead to headaches that come from serious water damage. Now that a month or two of snow and ice are likely coming our way, it’s as good a time as ever to ensure that your roof is well-maintained and there won’t be any melting winter weather causing you as much grief inside as it does out.
Common Causes of a Leaking Roof
If your roof is leaking, it’s likely stemming from one of these problems:
- shingle damage
- old or broken skylights
- cracked or clogged chimneys
- broken roof pipes or vents
- roof flashing that needs repair or replacement
At the first sign of a leak, have a roofing specialist come take a look as soon as possible.
Potential Water Damage from a Leaking Roof
- Attic: When water is entering your home from above, logic dictates that the first damage will occur at the uppermost point of your home. Any belongings stored in your attic will be the first hit. That means that any precious photographs or keepsakes that may be up there are the first line of defense against a leaking roof.
- Insulation: Next down from the attic is your insulation. Water damage to insulation can lead to mold or mildew, which can then spread to other parts of your house via your HVAC system. Wet or damp insulation also loses efficiency, meaning higher energy bills to heat your home this winter.
- Electricity: Water and electricity don’t mix. But they might if your roof is leaking through your home’s internal wiring. This is a serious fire hazard, and if you notice water damage to your wiring you should shut off the circuits to avoid a short circuit. Have an electrician inspect the wiring to ensure that it’s safe to turn back on.
- Structural Integrity: Roofs, ceilings, walls, and rafters are all susceptible to water damage from a leaking roof. If any of these were to become weak from absorption… well, you might have more to worry about than just an annoying dripping noise.
Any and all of these issues are legitimate potential dangers of a leaking roof. While the severity of the damage will correspond to the severity of the leak, it’s clearly better to try to avoid the whole scenario and ensure that any leaks are taken care of swiftly and properly.
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “Water Damage Dangers of a Leaking Roof,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.