For many homeowners, roof leaks are usually beyond notice. When they’re small, they’re relatively harmless and as a result, most people just leave them unattended, unaware of the consequences.
Emergency leaking roof repair is usually the answer to such issues. In case you’re trying to put one off, however, we explain how dangerous small leaks can become when ignored.
Attic and Ceiling Damage
A small leak can become much worse in a span of weeks, even days, which means it will start damaging what’s under your roof, such as the attic or the ceiling. The leaking water doesn’t just damage the paint and plaster; it can even affect the effectiveness of your attic’s insulation.
In the long run, a leak can affect more than just the physical aspects of the attic and ceiling. High humidity causes mold and mildew growth, which is particularly bothersome to the health of the household. Whatever the case, a roof insurance claim won’t usually cover the damage incurred by mold infestation.
Leaks can short out electrical components in your attic or ceiling. This is especially deadly as it can start a fire. If you suspect the leak in your attic has shorted out an electrical component or wire, we recommend turning off power before attempting to assess the extent of the damage.
Damage to the Roof Structure
Eventually, the leak itself will grow so large that the water damage will compromise the roof structure itself, damaging its structural integrity and putting the rest of your home at risk. The biggest blow is how expensive the damage is to repair, especially if there’s water damage to your home’s wood framing already.
At Timberline Roofing and Construction, we offer professional roof repair services. We can even help you with your roof insurance claim! We’ll help address your home’s leaks before they become larger and more expensive concerns.
We offer our services throughout Rochester, Mankato and Minneapolis, MN, as well as other parts of Minnesota. Get in touch with us today at (612) 263-9700 or (507) 200-8880.