Leaking Roofs Causes Water and Mold Damage to Hartford County Homes
A leaking roof can cause not only damage the structural integrity of your Southbury home but can be a health and fire hazard as well. Leaks can be caused by a variety of reasons such as a roof that was incorrectly installed or damage from a storm or high winds. Here are some of the ways a roof leak can affect your home and family.
A leaking roof can cause damaged rafters, ceiling joists and wall studs, as well as rotting to the interior and exterior trim. The water causes the wood to warp, weaken and deteriorate. Repairs to the infrastructure of your home can be costly.
Attic and ceiling damage
The initial dangers of a roof leak are damage to the attic area and the items stored there. If there is no attic, or the size of the leak is really big, it will damage the interior ceiling. You will notice water spots and perhaps bubbling or peeling on the affected ceiling and walls The dripping water can also damage ceiling fans and light fixtures.
Fire hazard from water damage
If electrical wiring is present in an attic or ceiling, a leaky roof could pose a fire threat from shorted wires. It is highly recommended to turn off electricity to the area that’s affected and have an electrician examine it.
One of the more serious issues that occur from a roof leak is mold growth. The consequences of letting the water settle without repairing the leak immediately can be harmful to your health. Mold damage can spread throughout the home’s structure, HVAC system and into personal belongings. Black mold is the most common type resulting from chronic water intrusion. SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington can remediate mold found in your Harwinton home.
High utility bills/wasted energy
Water leaking through the roof causes damage to the insulation in the attic, which becomes saturated and takes a long time to dry out. If a roof leak repair is put off, your home will lose hot and cool air, resulting in higher utility bills.
If you discover that a roof leak has caused water or mold damage in your home, call us at (203) 267-6262.