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The Consequences of a Leaky Roof

Over time, even a seemingly minor roof leak can cause severe damage. Here are some of the potential consequences of not addressing the problem right away.

Cosmetic Damage

The first visible signs of a leak will appear on the ceiling, creating a brownish ring. Beyond being unattractive, the moisture is damaging the plaster, causing it to bubble and expand. Eventually, wall coverings will buckle and peel. Also, water can short out electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, and ceiling fans.

Mold and Mildew

A leaky roof can foster mold and mildew. Black mold is especially dangerous to your family’s health. Some of the symptoms of black mold exposure include…

  • Fatigue
  • Breathing issues
  • Chronic headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Asthma

Although the growth of mole spores may start at the roof, it can gradually spread to other areas of the home.

Higher Energy Bills

Rainwater seeping into the attic saturates insulation, making it difficult to maintain a consistent temperature. Ultimately, this places a greater demand on your heating and cooling system. This extra effort will be reflected in your energy bill.

Structural Damage

Promptly repairing roof leaks helps prevent costly structural damage. This is especially true for the framework. The rafters, ceiling joists, and fascia boards are all prone to rot.

Electrical Hazard

Moisture and electrical wires are a bad combination. As the water drips down from the roof, there’s a higher chance for a short circuit to occur.

Bottom line: Left untreated, water damage will result in the eventual structural failure of the home. Don’t postpone repairing a leak at first sight. Contact the pros at Charleston Roofs + Windows at (843) 258-4861.

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