leaky roofA leaky roof is more than just a mess. Here are the dangers hidden beneath the soggy surface.

It rains. If your roof starts to leak, you have a serious problem. Leakage in your roof can reach the foundation of your home, where it can cause serious structural damage, rot, and decay.

Leaks in roofs can be caused by weather conditions, age, or other factors. It’s crucial to either hire a local roofing company or fix small roof leaks as soon as possible. Here’s what you need to know about the potential dangers that a leaky roof can pose.

Dangers of A Leaky Roof

1. Attics and Ceilings Damaged

When your roof leaks, water will first go straight to the ceiling and then to your attic if you have one. Untreated roof leaks can cause water damage to your ceiling, attic, and other areas.

2. Insulation Damage

Water can damage insulation in your roof. Water causes the insulation to clump and can make it nearly ineffective at keeping cool or warm air in your home. Make sure you inspect your roof regularly to prevent further damage.

3. Mold and Mildew

Leakage in your roof could lead to serious mold and mildew problems. Mold and mildew are not only signs of where water has gone. Mold spores from water-damaged houses can pass through HVAC systems and cause serious illness for those with allergies, asthma, environmental sensitivities, compromised immune systems, or people suffering from severe symptoms like asthma, allergic reactions, or other respiratory problems.

4. Sagging Drywall

Drywall is used during construction to divide rooms. Drywall should not be exposed to water. However, if your roof is leaky, this can happen. Too much water can cause the drywall to sag or buckle.

Get a professional roof inspection done if you notice cracked or missing tiles, lifted/curling shingles, or weeds/plants on the roof.

5. Fire Hazards

Water and electricity don’t mix. If you suspect that there is a leak in your house and you are aware that there may be wiring in the attic, contact an electrician to inspect the damage. This prevents you from being electrocuted or causing a house fire.

6. Slip Hazards

A slippery floor can be a nightmare for parents, and a leaky roofing system is almost a guarantee you will have one.

7. Energy inefficiency

While we have already discussed the impact water damage can have on insulation, a leaky roof or damaged installation can lead to energy inefficiency. Your insulation won’t be doing its job and you will end up using more energy and losing more. This is not good for the environment, but it can also be bad for your wallet.

8. Compromised Structure

Water damage can cause rot in even the most sturdy homes. A small leak on your roof could lead to a foundation failure. All that water can seep into your foundation and cause rot that can render your home unstable. Get rid of leaks before they grow into bigger problems. You should call a professional roofing contractor in Myrtle Beach to help you out.

Water leaking can also cause:

  • Plaster and paint on walls
  • Ceiling-mounted fans and lights
  • Insulation
  • Ceiling joists and rafters
  • Wall framing
  • Fascia boards
  • Trimming the exterior
  • Floors
  • Furniture and personal possessions

Do not hesitate to call a professional roofing company if you notice a leak on your roof. It could be a sign of a larger problem.

Call Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration now if you need roof repairs.

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Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration
4201 Carolina Exchange Drive Suite 202
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

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