It’s a rainy day and you’re scrambling to get out of the house in time for work when you see a puddle starting to form in the kitchen. You look up just to find a small leak in your ceiling. Now, when you’re in a rush, your initial reaction may just be to put a bucket under the leak until it stops raining.
Problem solved, right? Wrong!
While this is a great temporary solution to avoid water damage on your floors, it’s not really fixing the underlying problem. Here are five reasons why it is essential to call the experts at CK Roofing to assess and correct the problem as soon as possible.
1. No Such Thing as a Small Leak
When you first notice a leak in your home there may only be a couple of drops of water trickling down every few seconds. The problem is that you’re not seeing the full picture. If you’re seeing a problem, that means there’s damage beneath the surface. It’s common to find water on the attic floor, but it may also be running along your roof deck’s underside. It can also go through your walls and framing. Over time the wet wood starts to rot and slowly weaken your walls, including ones that might be crucial for maintaining structural integrity.
After the leak stops dribbling water, the moisture gets trapped in the walls and ceilings. When this happens, your walls can become a breeding ground for mold. It can spread throughout your home’s structure and reproduce spores that you don’t see. This mold may pose a threat to your general health and respiratory system.
3. Long Term Damage
You should have any leaks repaired as soon as you discover them. This will help keep your expenses to a minimum. The longer a leak is present, the more time it has to spread throughout your home, and the higher your repair costs will be. Wood absorbs moisture at a slow but steady rate, and significant damage can sneak up on you before you know it.
4. Premature Roof Failure
A small leak will only get worse with time, and it’s typically just a symptom of a larger problem. Small leaks need to be repaired right away, or you may need to replace your entire roof before its usual service lifespan. A wood structure is designed to support your roof covering throughout the years when your new roof is installed. A rogue leak can damage and weaken the structure, leaving you with a sagging roof. At this point, repairs may not be enough. You may need to spring for a brand new roof, which can be a costly unexpected expense.
5. Fire Hazard
Believe it or not, a leaky roof can be a potential fire hazard. Leaks in your home can cause short circuits and damage the electrical wiring in your home. If a live wire comes into contact with water, it can cause a spark and ignite the materials that surround it.
The roofing professionals at CK Roofing possess comprehensive knowledge about roofing and can take care of any roofing problems that arise. We specialize in roof inspections, installations, and repairs. So, if you start noticing stains, leaks, or bubbles on your ceiling make sure to call us as soon as possible. The experienced roofers at CK Roofing will assess the problem, quickly prepare an estimate, and repair the problem.