Unexpected Dangers from a Leaky Roof


Water damage is a serious problem. Be on the lookout for roofing leaks before they ruin your home and endanger your safety. One of the most unrecognized problems that can affect your roof is a roof leak. If you leave a small leak unattended, you can end up with costly water damage. So why is even the smallest leak so critical? It can cause safety and even health risks.

Here are some less than obvious ways a roof leak can damage your home:

Compromised Roof Structure – A roof leak can damage your ceiling beams, rafters, exterior trim, fascia boards, and wall framing. A long-term leak can cause your wood roof framing to weaken, rot, and deteriorate. This is a serious and costly roof problem.

Ceiling and Attic Damage – These are often the most noticeable areas to display damage from a roof leak. The initial dangers of a roof leak are damage to the attic and items stored there. If the leak is large, it will damage the interior ceiling. Affected ceiling paint will darken and plaster may bubble and expand. The leaking water can potentially damage paint and plaster on nearby walls. You can also expect damage on ceiling-mounted lights and fans.

Increased Energy Bills – Water intrusion from a leaky roof is harmful to the insulation in your attic. Saturated insulation is not effective. This can lead to energy escaping your home, making it harder to maintain a desired temperature. Your home will consume more energy and increase your energy bills.

Mold and Mildew Growth – An unattended roof leak can cause serious mold and mildew issues. If you leave a leak unattended, mold can spread throughout your home’s structure, to the HVAC system and then to the rest of the house through the vents. Mold can attack your floor and wall coverings, ceiling tiles, and wood framing. Black mold is the most common type of mold resulting from long-term water intrusion. Mold is very difficult to get rid of and is extremely costly to treat.

 Risk of Fire – If a leak allows water to breach your home’s electrical wiring; it could short circuit and cause a fire. We highly recommend you turn off the electricity to the affected area and have an electrician inspect the potential problem.

As a specialist in residential and commercial roofing in the Tri-County area, Williams Roofing can help prevent these dangers. When you contact us for a free roof evaluation we will locate the roof leak, analyze the condition of your roof, and recommend the best solution for your home.