Leaks on the roof are the cause of many headaches for the person in charge of the building maintenance or the home owner himself. A defective joint, a blocked drain, a caulking failure, or other deteriorations could be the cause of an annoying and dangerous leak in your roof.
Leaky roofs may cause structural damage to a set of different components of the building, such as walls, beams, framework, covers and even insulators, which leads to mold problems and falling risk for your clients, employees, family and friends along with a steady degradation of the building infrastructure. Furthermore, leaky roofs my also affect your computers, machinery, electrical systems, inventory, materials and other equipment, inducing electric and fire hazard.
Most homeowners think that a leaky roof is just a structural problem, however, it might present a growing safety and health risk if not repaired soon enough. The constant intrusion of water will end up going from the attic to the bases of the building itself, causing several expensive damages along the way.
Moreover, it is important to note that roofs are not designed to last as much as the rest of the building structure. This does not mean a roof must be replaced, but its leaks musk be repaired as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the covering system in your building remains under heat, cold, water, pollution and ultraviolet rays on daily basis, forcing the roof to expands and contract constantly, making the cover system weaker over time.
Any inconvenience caused by leaky roofs may be easily and quickly solved with the help of American Loss Consultant. American Loss Consultant will guide you and kindly assist you in every step you take to repair any damage caused by a leaky roof, turning a troublesome and irritating task into a quick and valuable experience.
A leaking roof may occur for several reasons: an inadequate installation of the roof, damages caused by strong winds or storms or even something as simple as lack of maintenance. Bear in mind that most roofs are destined to last from twenty to thirty years at most, so it might just be time for you to check your roof.
There are many different problems at home that might be delayed. However, the repairment of a leaky roof should take the highest priority in your home maintenance list.
Here are some ways a leak in your roof may damage the structure of your house.
- Damage in attic and roof
The damage a leaky roof will deal to your attic is the first risk you will find when dealing with this kind of event. If the building has no attic or the leak has grown to become a fissure or hole, the damage will go directly into the inner ceiling. The paint and plaster of the wall will get ruined and expanded. Nearby walls, paintings, ceiling fans, lamps and switchers might also be damaged.
- Mold hazards
The growth of mold is one of the most serious consequences a leaky roof might bring. Ince mold is a fungus which grows in moist and warm conditions, it will spread all around the structure of your home or building, air-conditioning system and the rest of the structure through the ventilation system, where it might invade carpets, mobiliary, and clothes.
The most common kind of mold produced by water intrusion is black mold. Black mold will attack wood frames, tiles, and wall, floor coverings and any component of your house if given the chance. Mold is always hard and expensive to remove, so you should prevent it at any cost.
- Health concerns
Mold can bring some serious health issues, especially for people with breathing problems of any kind of respiratory condition related to sensibility, such as nasal congestion, rhinitis, inflammations and asthma. Mold spores will keep on multiplying, causing serious allergic reactions and threats to your health if not addressed properly.
- Fire and electrical hazard
If your electrical wiring goes through your attic or ceiling, a leaky roof could cause your wires to short and fuse the electric system of your house, it could even represent a fire threat if not attended in time. It is heavily recommended to cut the electricity of the affected area and ask an electrician to examine it as soon as possible.
- Slip and risk hazard
A leaking roof will drip water into the floor, causing a puddle. While this might not sound like a huge risk, consider the possibility of a family member slipping and falling on their back, or landing on a solid object. Furthermore, a simple slip in your building could cost you a client, an employee or even a lawsuit.
- Waste of energy and high bills
A leaky roof could cause an electric device to malfunction and consume more energy than required due to direct and constant contact with water. The insulation system of your house might get saturated as well and get too long to dry, causing the building to require more energy to keep its temperature, resulting in higher bills to pay.
- Structural integrity hazard
Every component of the building might become victim of water intrusion, your, beams, ceiling joists, window sills, door frames, rafters, struts, still plate, floor joist, braces, end joist, bridging, girders, ledgers, studs, headers, gable studs, dashboards and exterior frames. The wood structure may suffer weakening and putrefaction due to deterioration caused by constant contact with water, the structure of your house might break, producing a severe threat which will require the assistance of a professional contractor. The cost of the repair could skyrocket if the main structure of the building gets damaged by water.
A leaky roof, if ignored long enough, will ruin not only walls, ceilings and covers, but also the painting of your house and floor. The structural damage cannot be avoided if the roof leaking has been overlooked for too long. Every roof has a point of no return, if the roof happens to be too deteriorated, it might just give in and fall, presenting a constant risk not only for your property and possessions but for your whole family members, pets and friends too.
Damage caused by water is a serious matter. While some fixes might be home-handled, you should get an expert to guide and supervise the repairment work. Pay attention to the leaks on your roofs before they ruin your house, your safety and the safety of your family members.
Tips from American Loss Consultant to prevent leaky roofs
- Check and repair every little crack you might find outside the house.
- Look for porosities and weaken material and replace if necessary.
- Apply filler on cracks and small holes to prevent water from passing through them.
- If you find a fissure or fracture, a layer of cement should be applied.
- Keep your roof clean and free of objects, this will allow proper drainage of rainwater, good ventilation, and prevent the formation of fungus and mold.
Do not hesitate to ask for professional help, in case you find a leak in the roof of your home, company or building, American Loss Consultant will take care of your needs.