If your roof develops a leak, no matter how minor it may appear, it is crucial to have it repaired immediately. Even the smallest leaks can lead to bigger problems over time. Sometimes, what appears to be a small leak on the surface, may be causing severe problems that are not yet visible. When you put off repairing a leak of any kind, you are setting your home up for the following problems.
Mold and Mildew
When moisture does not dry out of a home properly and continues to form, mold and mildew become especially likely. If your or family members have allergies or respiratory illnesses, this could lead to severe symptoms.
Electricity can be lethal and water is its most dangerous conductor. If the water comes into contact with bad wiring, anyone who later comes into contact with that combination may suffer electrocution. This may range from a minor shock to a potentially fatal incident.
If leaks remain unrepaired for too long, you risk structural damage. In fact, by the time you recognize you have a leak, structural damage may have already started. Water from a leak can cause the foundational pieces of your home to rot and rust, which can lead to a structurally unsound home.
Depending on the type of floors you have, water may present a slip risk in the home. Tile and hardwood floors may be especially likely to cause someone to slide when wet. If you have children or seniors in the home, the risk of serious injury from a fall may be higher than normal.
The attic insulation may not recover from the moisture if left for too long. In fact, the water may cause the insulation to clump. This will lead to reduced performance, which can cause your heating and cooling bills to skyrocket. Wet insulation may also become a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
The longer your roof goes unrepaired, the worse the problem becomes and the more damage it causes. The worse the issue, the more expensive the repair. Your insurance company may also refuse to foot the bill if it is discovered that you allowed the problem to persist.
Your home is one of the most important investments you will ever make. Secure that investment by ensuring you keep a leak-free roof over your head. Contact Badger Contracting for a quote today.