Effects of Ignoring a Roof Leak
Updated: Sep 29
Homeowners typically ignore their roof until the signs of a leak can no longer be denied. In most cases, roofing contractors are needed to replace or apply massive repairs to the roof. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your roof. You can’t simply ignore leaks, hoping they’ll go away on their own.
These are examples of issues that can be prevented if you don’t ignore leaks: Damage to the Attic and the Ceiling If you store items in your attic, they can be the first victims of a roof leak. If a leak is ignored long enough, it can damage the attic, including the insulation, which can clump and become useless when exposed to moisture. Your ceiling can fall victim to leaks, too, and you can usually observe the damage when stains start to form or paint begins to crack and peel. Mold and Mildew Mold and mildew thrive in warm, moist and dark environments. If you fail to notice a leak or refuse to fix it, your attic, walls, ceiling and even furniture can become hotspots for mold and mildew growth, which can affect your family’s health and lead to expensive remediation. Fire Hazard If the leak reaches wires, breakers and electronics, this may start a fire. During a roof repair to address a leak, it’s advisable to turn off the electricity running through wires and breakers located in your attic. Higher Energy Bills Leaks can also lead to energy wastage, which can increase your bills. If the leak is large enough, it can become an entryway for drafts, making your home uncomfortable, so your HVAC has to work twice as hard. It can also damage insulation, which will have the same effect.
More Problems The structural integrity of the roofing components exposed to water due to a leak in the roof can be compromised. A leak never leads to anything good, and things can only get worse the longer you ignore it. To address roof problems, get in touch with A1 Quality Roofing, Inc. Get in touch with us today at (951) 877-4406 or through our contact page.