Unexpected Damages, caused by a Leaking Roof
There are many different household problems that can be procrastinated. However, a roof leak repair should take the highest priority on your list of home maintenance issues. Roofing leaks can develop for a variety of reasons: improper roof installation, wind or storm damage, and lack of maintenance. Keep in mind that most asphalt roofs are only meant to last 15 to 20 years so it could simply be time to replace your roof. It is recommended that a roof be inspected every three years. If this is not done, long-term damage from a leaky roof might go unnoticed, leading to further property deterioration.
The most minimal damage over the long term is discoloration of the roofing underlayment, the rafters, beams and possibly the
ceiling and the walls. As the water seeps past the damaged roofing area, it carries tannins and other chemical residue. These deposits discolor the wood a darker shade and might look like reddish rust or cola-colored stains on white drywall ceilings or walls. If the leak starts small it can slowly spread, and go undetected for years.
Mold and Mildew
In places where leaking water becomes trapped in a confined space, for example, under floors or between covered wall studs, the humidity won’t dissipate and mold or mildew growth may occur. Mold and mildew may cause respiratory distress and it also has the potential to weaken the framework in the area of the leak. Black or dark patches that resemble a stain are the first signs of mold or mildew infestation, and anytime these stains are found, the cause must be located
Fire hazard from water damage
If your electrical wiring is present in an attic or ceiling, a leaky roof could pose a fire threat from shorted wires. This can be a deadly effect of a leaking roof, and could lead to the loss of the entire home, by cause of fire.
Rotting of Structural Framework
The most obvious consequence of a leaking roof is the damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing and even fascia boards and exterior trim can become victims of water intrusion. Chronic roof leaks lead to wood deterioration and weakened, rotten roof framing causes serious problems that require assistance from a qualified professional. You can also face expensive wood framing repairs if water leaks down into ceiling joists and walls.
All of these issues can be avoided by timely inspections. If you have any reason to believe that you might have a problem with your roof, do yourself a favor and have it checked out by a professional.