For many homeowners, purchasing a home is a big investment. However, the costs don’t end there. It can seem tempting to neglect small repairs, but they can quickly add up. In fact, one of the most overlooked damages happens to be ceiling leaks. Yes, the slow pitter patter as water leaks from a ceiling can be a nuisance, but did you know that it can result in significant costs?
What Are the Dangers of Ceiling Leaks?
When a ceiling begins leaking water, the first casualty happens to be the attic. Not only is this where possessions are stored, but chances are that this area is primarily composed of wood. When water mixes with wood over an extended period, rotting begins to occur. This compromises the structural integrity of those wooden supports. Such compromise can even result in the attic collapsing under its own weight. It can also lay the foundation for mold and mildew development. These are hazards to not only your home but to anyone within your home. The frustrating part about structural damage is that it is only noticeable when it is too late, so addressing this problem early is crucial.
Another unfortunate casualty of leaking roofs can be the insulation materials embedded in the roofing. Insulation materials can often save you up to 30% in home heating costs, so when water mixes with those materials, you will notice rotting, clumping, and rapid deterioration. Therefore, this will negatively impact its effectiveness.
Leaking roofs are not only dangerous to your home but are also dangerous to you! Leaking roofs cause water to penetrate the home and often ends with puddles of water littered throughout the floor. These puddles can end up in hidden areas which may not be known. Consequently, this can lead to slips, falls, and other injuries, which can lead to unwanted medical expenses.
What Should You Do?
Now that we have explored just how dangerous ceiling leaks are, we come to the question of what you should do. Once you notice the signs of ceiling leaks and their associating dangers, it is important to contact a professional contractor. A professional contractor can professionally assess the damage, determine the extent of repairs, and provide an estimate of the necessary repairs. Although it may seem tempting to neglect the inspection, remember that the cost of repair won’t even come close as the damage accumulates. However, fixing the problem early on can save you a fortune.
Understandably, many people aren’t sure about who performs roof inspections, so we’ve made a separate article discussing this a bit more. Feel free to check it out by clicking here!
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