Many of us have a habit of neglecting home repair. Roof leaks are one of the most common repair problems homeowners face. But putting a bucket under a leak in your roof and moving on with your life may not be a smart idea. If you don’t call in the roof repair specialists to fix the problem, it can lead to many other issues and quickly get out of hand. Read on to learn about the consequences of not fixing a leaky roof.
Water can cause your home's frame to rot, bow, and splinter, which is incredibly unsafe. When neglected, continuous water leaks from the roof can damage the entire structure and interior of your home, which can be extremely expensive to fix.
With moisture comes mould and mildew. If mould and mildew develop from a leak in your roof, your home's entire structure could be affected. Mould can multiply rapidly in your home and invade the vents. Eventually, mould and mildew may be present on your rugs, furniture, and personal belongings. Getting rid of mould and mildew isn't easy and can be very expensive.
A hole in your roof provides the perfect entry point for some unwelcome visitors, such as spiders, cockroaches, or rodents. Pests can cause a lot of damage to your home, and once they're in, it can be a huge hassle to get rid of them. No one wants to share their home with bugs and rodents, so it's best to get that leak fixed ASAP!
As well as causing damage to your home, leaks can have a detrimental effect on your health. Mould spores, a cold space, dampness, and pests are likely to compromise your immune system, which leads to sickness. Toxic mould can cause health hazards like lasting nasal congestion and asthma. Contact a roofing expert at the first sign of mould or mildew, so your air quality isn't compromised.
Creates a Fire Hazard
If you have lights or fans on your ceiling, they may develop issues with time because of the leaking water. Serious leaks can also short out electrical wiring in ceilings and walls, which becomes a fire hazard. If you detect a leak in your roof near the ceiling or wall wiring, turn off the electricity in these areas until an electrician can examine the affected wires.
More Expensive Power Bills
Insulation fills the open spaces in the walls and ceiling to prevent heat from transferring out or in. If you leave a leak in your ceiling, the water that comes through will permeate the insulation in these spaces. Energy will escape from your house, making it difficult to maintain the temperature indoors. To keep it warm, you will have to use more energy, which will increase your bills significantly.
Got a leak?
If you think you may have a leak, Ascent Roofing can get it fixed ASAP. Ascent Roofing is a leading roofing company in Auckland, providing cost-effective solutions for a wide range of roofing needs. One small drip can symbolise a larger, potentially latent roofing issue, and we all know that roofing issues mean an investment of time and money. Get in touch with us today for all your repair and roof maintenance in Auckland.