A leaky roof is one of the most common issues that many property owners often have to deal with. However, since many of the leaks can be considered as ‘minor’ disturbances – something that happens only occasionally and can be temporarily fixed with a bucket – homeowners usually tend to simply ignore them. However, there are certain reasons why this seemingly minute problem deserves immediate roof repairs.
Damage to Wooden Structures
Water can find its way into your homes through holes and cracks in your roof. When it does, it can seep through the beams and roof framings, and even drip down to the attic floor. This then causes the wooden structures therein to soak up the water, and when left unchecked, can lead to wood rot which eventually leads to a weaker structure. This may run unnoticed for some time, until the wood starts to sag or bow, and when you do notice them, the only solution would be very expensive roof repairs –repairs which could be prevented through regular roof maintenance.
Damage to Insulation
Homes have insulation installed to help regulate the temperature in the house. However, constant exposure to water coming through the leaks will cause the insulation to clump, and therefore lose its effectiveness by letting the warm air escape easily (or the cold air as the case may be). This then results to higher utility bills, as you make use of your heaters and air conditioning units more and more frequently.
Mold and mildew thrive in moist and dark places such as the attic, and they can grow and populate the whole place over time. They can thrive on the wet decking and framings, as well as the clumped insulation. This is a rather serious issue, and one that must be taken cared of right away, since some species of mold and mildew are known to cause several health related issues such as triggering asthma attacks. Please avoid attempting to clean these yourselves, especially if you are suffering from any respiratory issues, and instead call a roof cleaning and roof repairs professional to effectively clean it for you.
Fire and Electrocution Hazard
Certain electrical wirings run through the attic, ceilings or walls – sections of the home where water can easily find their way into through the leaks. When these electrical wirings have damaged insulation, the water can easily short circuit the wires and start a fire. In addition, even if the wire’s insulation isn’t damaged, the water will simply continue to run, and over time may find itself in a junction box where there are certainly exposed wires. Again, please refrain from trying to repair this yourself as you run the risk of being electrocuted.
Avoid These Problems by Getting Your Roof Fixed Today
Considering the above, roof leaks aren’t as minor issues as they first appear to be. When left unattended, they can lead to a range of structural damage to your property, and even put your health and safety at risk. These problems can easily be avoided by taking a proactive approach and dealing with roof leaks right away. If you are in need of roof repair services for leaks and other roof problems, or are in need of roof restorations and similar services, please feel free to get in touch with us at 1800 61 00 11 or leave us a message in our contact page.
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