5 Dangers of Avoiding Fixing a Leaking Roof
There are certain home maintenance items that one may easily get away with putting off. Unfortunately, a leaking roof isn’t one of them. No matter how the leak got there in the first place, it can create serious damage to your home and its foundation. So whether it was caused by improper installation, damage from a wind or rain storm or a lack of regular maintenance, fixing that leak is imperative!
At El Paso Roofing, we fix residential roof leaks in a timely manner so that the following damages don’t occur to your property:
1. Mold and Mildew
One of the most common and serious consequences of a leaking roof is mold and mildew throughout your home’s structure. From your HVAC system to the furniture, carpets, and even clothing, mold and mildew can speak rapidly following a leaking roof. The worst part—the initial damage isn’t noticeable. Mold and mildew can be a serious health concern to you and your family. Some common symptoms include nasal congestion, asthma, inflammations, and rhinitis, which is inflammation of the mucous membrane that results in itchy eyes, runny nose, headaches, and severe coughing. Mold is difficult to get rid of and once you add up all of the costs of fixing these issues, it can be rather costly. For these reasons, it’s best to have to your leaking roof repaired ASAP.
2. Ceiling and Attic Damage
When a leak first appears, it causes initial damage to the attic. If you store items in the attic, you can expect damage to these goods. Once the leak travels further, you’ll begin to notice damage to the interior ceiling. Ever noticed dark-colored spots in the corners of ceilings? Those are likely from a leak. The ceiling paint will darken and you may notice those areas bubbling and expanding. Eventually, if the leak isn’t repaired, it will travel down your walls.
3. Higher Energy Bills
The longer you wait to have your leaking roof repaired, the higher you can expect the cost of repair to be. One example of this is your monthly energy bills. The insulation in your home will become saturated with chronic water. Since it will take a long to dry out, you’ll begin to notice that it takes more energy to cool and warm up your home. Thus, you’ll be running the AC or heater much longer.
4. Damage to Your Floors
Although sometimes a leaking roof will travel down the interior of walls, it’s also common for the leak to hit your floors. Whether you have carpet or hardwood floors, you’ll begin to notice the affected areas bubbling up and creating creases. Not only does this creates an uneven surface but it will also lead to mold and mildew. Even if you mop, vacuum and scrub, it will be extremely difficult to get rid of the mold and mildew without ripping it out to target the damage hidden beneath the surface.
5. Structural Damage
Your home’s structure is everything. It’s essentially what keeps it leveled. So when you have something that damages the structure, you know should know there’s trouble. A leaking roof can damage the ceiling joists, damage the rafters, hinder the wall framing including the fascia boards and any destruct other areas where water travels. In a worst-case scenario, the ceiling will begin to collapse.
Don’t Delay Fixing That Leak! Contact El Paso Roofing Today
These damages may seem far-fetched but the reality is, a leaking roof can be that treacherous and harmful, not only to your home but everyone inside it. With a reliable roofer only a phone call way, why take the risk? El Paso Roofing has decades of experience servicing roof leaks so there’s no doubt we can repair your roof before you these damages occur. Keep in mind: roof leaks can take time to appear. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have your roof inspected following a heavy storm. Connect with us today to learn more.