Dangers of a Leaking Roof

Leaking Roof St. PetersburgIt should go without saying that a leaking roof is best repaired sooner rather than later. However, sometimes homeowners put off essential repairs like this for various reasons, usually financial. But a leaking roof should not be put on the back burner but should instead be handled with urgency, as the consequences of ignoring the leak can be devastating.

Mold and Mildew

 Numerous health issues can be traced back to mold and mildew lurking inside people’s homes, such as allergic reactions, asthma, eye irritation, and sinus congestion, to name a few. A leaking roof is a perfect catalyst for moisture to get inside your home’s attic, walls, and insulation, becoming a breeding ground for mold spores. Any type of mold is costly to fix, but black mold can run you into the thousands to remediate.

Structural Damage

A roof leak that is not handled quickly will eventually rot out rafters and joists, causing costly structural damage to your home. Leave the leak long enough, and your own roof could literally collapse in on you and your family, making the cost of what began as a leaking roof immeasurable.

Fire Hazard

If you have electricity run into your attic, or the leak is left long enough to get into your walls, you’re putting yourself and your family in serious danger of falling victim to fire. It’s no secret that water and electricity don’t mix, and this is especially true in older homes that were built before modern fire safety regulations were in place. If you notice a roof leak, it’s recommended to turn off all the electricity to your home immediately before calling a professional roofer and possibly an electrician, depending on the damage already done.

Increased Utility Bills

Higher utility bills aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they sure are frustrating! Florida’s hot, humid climate requires as much insulation as possible to protect your home. When your roof leaks, there’s a possibility it could penetrate and compromise the insulation, making it useless against rising temperatures. This equals a warmer home interior and higher AC bill.

Don’t let a small leak turn into a big nightmare. If you are in the St. Petersburg area and notice a leak in your home’s roof, immediately turn off the electricity and call (727) 440-5942 for the experts at Shon Boswell Roofing. We will quickly and safely assess the damage and provide you with a free estimate for repair.