While a squeaking door may certainly be annoying, it’s not exactly a threat to your home. Like this one, there are many household fixes that can be put off — but a leaking roof is not one of them. Aside from the biggest and most obvious problem of water damage, there are many other problems that arise from even the tiniest of roof leaks.
Where there is excess water, there is likely mold. Not only are certain types of mold difficult to treat, but they’re also a danger to your family’s health. If left untreated for long enough, mold spores can begin traveling through your home’s heating and cooling vents and spread far beyond just the room the leak is in.
As time goes on, a leak will only get bigger. As the whole begins to widen and water spreads, it can threaten the structural integrity of your house. When mold and mildew are added to the picture, you could be in danger of having to replace your roof entirely, rather than just needing a patch.
If your roof is letting water into your house, there’s a good chance it’s also letting air out of your house — the air you’ll soon be paying to heat. Additionally, the now wet insulation that you have in your attic won’t be able to do its just, which is to keep your home’s air temperature comfortable.
If you have any electrical wires stored in your attic, a leaking roof could pose a fire hazard. If you suspect any area housing electrical wiring is suffering a leak, turn off power to that area immediately.
The best way to protect your roof from leaks is to have your roof inspected regularly for any weak spots, missing shingles, or open seams. At JM Roofing & Siding, we can not only inspect your roof and make you aware of any of these problems, but we can also fix them in a timely and efficient manner!