A roof leak can cause major problems for a home. Putting off repairing a leak, no matter how small, could lead to the issues below and other costly repairs. If you discover signs of a leaky roof, do not delay in contacting a local roofing contractor. Here are common risks that you may face if you put off repairs.
1. Increased Roofing Damage
You may not think a small leak is worth repairing; however, small leaks can quickly turn into major headaches. Small amounts of water are capable of soaking the wood of your roof. This creates soft spots that may result in more leaks, ice dams or even a collapsed roof.
2. Reduced Insulation Efficiency
A leaky roof may cause water to pool in your attic and walls, also soaking insulation. Fiberglass insulation, used in most homes, clumps and compresses when exposed to water. This is also true for many other popular types of insulation. If your insulation is soaked in water it can not perform to the best of its ability and your home will lose a significant amount of energy efficiency.
3. Mold and Mildew
A common risk that comes with water damage is mold. Mold and mildew growth can occur on nearly any surface in your home, including insulation, drywall and structural joints. Mold growth is possible even with a few days of water leakage from your roof, especially in places that are warm and dark areas. Not all molds are harmful to your health, however; many can damage the efficiency and look of your walls, ceiling and floors.
4. Electrical Damage
Water and moisture in your ceiling and walls may come in contact with your outlets or electrical wiring. The extent of electrical damage can vary drastically. It may only cause a tripped breaker or as severe as an electrical fire or personal injury. A timely roof repair will limit the amount of water that enters your home and could come into contact with your electrical system.
If you roof has a leak don’t wait! Contact Texan Roofing Pros today at 210-850-0100 in the San Antonio area or 956-450-3160 in the Rio Grande Valley.