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Even the smallest leak in your roof can quickly become a huge issue. A leaky roof should be made a top priority as water damage can be incredibly destructive and expensive. The Oregon Roof Guys are here to share with you some ways a leak in your roof can damage your home.
Compromised Structural Integrity
The most obvious result of a leaky roof is damage to the wood structure of your home. Beams, studs, joists, rafters, trim, and wall framing begin to rot after exposure to water. In rainy Oregon, this damage can occur quickly, and your ceiling can even fall in if the damage is left unattended for too long.
Attic and Ceiling Damage
The first damage you will have from a leaky roof is to your attic area. If you don’t have an attic, or the leak has spread past it, your interior ceiling will begin to darken with a water stain and plaster will expand and bubble. The water can also damage the drywall and paint on nearby walls and light fixtures on the ceiling.
Higher Energy Bill
A leaky roof usually means an increase in your energy bill. A leak will cause the insulation in your attic area to become saturated and over time will deplete it significantly. If a leaky roof isn’t repaired for too long of a time, your home will lose hot and cool air, resulting in an increase to your utility bill.
Mold and Mildew
If water gets trapped in confined spaces, mold and mildew may begin to grow. Mold can spread throughout your home’s structure using the air system and can invade walls, floors, carpets, furniture, and clothing.
Black mold is the most common type of mold that results from water intrusion. Although the toxic type of black mold is rare, even non-toxic mold can be very difficult and costly to eradicate.
Mold and mildew can cause very serious respiratory health issues. Infants, children, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and those with chronic lung disease are particularly vulnerable.
If water from a leaky roof reaches the electrical wiring in your attic or ceiling, there is a risk of an electrical fire starting. It is recommended that you turn the electricity off in the area that is affected by water damage.
If you have a leaky roof, be sure to call a professional roofing contractor in Eugene to take care of it as soon as possible. Whether you’re in need of roof repair or a full roof replacement, the Oregon Roof Guys will work with you to make sure your roof is ready to stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws its way.