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Hazards of Roof Leaks
Having a leak in your roof can sound more like an expensive inconvenience than anything else, but it’s important to note that a leaky roof can be hazardous to you and your family. there are several very serious hazards to having roof leaks. Having rain consistently penetrate your home’s most important physical barrier can do tremendous damage, and not just to your pocketbook.
Where there’s a leaky roof, there’s water; where there’s water, there’s mold. Mold is a type of fungus, and it doesn’t become a problem unless it’s indoors. Removing mold from your home is very expensive, and not having it removed can be a dangerous health risk for you and your family. When breathed or touched, mold spores can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, nose and throat. It can trigger severe attacks in people who suffer from asthma. In fact, it can be so dangerous that home sellers must disclose if the house has previously experienced any mold-related issues.
Wet Electrical Wiring
Hundreds of feet of electrical wiring are dispersed throughout your home via the attic, and a leaky roof directly exposes that wiring to water. If there’s a short anywhere in your wiring, water exposure can easily create a serious fire hazard.
Damage to Structure
One of the hazards of a leaky roof concerns the damage water can do to the structure of your home. Water exposure weakens and rots wood, which means your rafters, joists, and wall frames will deteriorate quickly. While it’s easy to consider the amount of money fixing this problem will cost, it’s more important to keep in mind how dangerous a loss of structural integrity can be to you and your family.
Saturated insulation in your attic greatly reduces your home’s ability to efficiently heat and cool. When insulation is wet, its ability to provide a temperature barrier is reduced. So a leaky roof can go hand in hand with higher electrical bills.
The hazards of a leaky roof aren’t just financial; not fixing them can pose some serious health risks to you and your family. If your roof has not been evaluated in a while, it’s time to have it inspected. Call Rebuild Texas for a free, no-obligation roof inspection today.