Roofing leaks are obviously destructive, as water that is allowed to seep into the interior of your house freely can wreak all sorts of havoc depending on what materials that it comes into contact with. Understanding what some of the most common dangers associated with roofing leaks can help you know what to watch out for if you do experience a roofing leak, and encourage you to take steps to proactively prevent leaks from happening in the future through regular roofing maintenance.
1. Mold Growth
While regular water damage can be destructive enough on its own, causing staining, peeling paint, and structural damage within your home, simply drying off the area isn't going to eliminate all sources of damage. Mold can grow in areas that have experienced water damage in the recent past, and can quickly accumulate and spread in areas that are dark enough and have access to an adequate amount of ambient humidity and moisture. Mold growth can also be hard to identify at first, since it will take on a dark green or black appearance at times and simply look like dirt or even blend into the walls and ceiling.
2. Fire Risk
While it may seem like a contradiction, water that is able to enter your home through your roof can represent a fairly significant risk of starting a fire. This is because any water that manages to come into contact with your electrical wiring or outlets can cause sparks to fly, which could ignite insulation, drywall, and other flammable materials within your attic and the rest of your home. If you notice burn marks anywhere in an area that has experienced water damage in the past, you should contact a professional electrician immediately and refrain from using your light switches and electronics until they have had the chance of inspecting and repairing your system.
3. Structural and Insulation Damage
When most people think of water damage, they think of staining and flooding. However, you should remember that water damage can severely weaken the building materials within your home and make the risk of sagging or collapse much higher. This is especially true for wooden objects, like drywall, which can sag and collapse if exposed to enough water. Further, water damage can also completely destroy insulation by causing it to clump up and fall apart, which can lead to increased energy bills due to greater amounts of heat exchange between the interior and exterior of your home.