5 Unexpected Dangers of an Attic/Roof Leak
Published on July 06, 2021
Because it is often out of sight and not used on a daily basis, damage inside an attic or roof isn’t typically visible to the average homeowner. As such, it's not always apparent that roof leak repair or attic leak repair may be required. In springtime, when seasonal rainfall engulfs the Greater Toronto Area, roof leaks and attic leaks start to show up.
The truth is, even a small leak can become a big leak and quickly penetrate the attic space, thus causing all kinds of damage. At EcoComfort, our attic and roof specialists provide the necessary repairs to get things back on track. Whatever the issue, it should be immediately addressed.
The Dangers of a Leaky Roof
A leaky roof can be a real pain, and finding a remedy can be frustrating. Beyond the inherent mess and potential damage to insulation, there could also be structural damage. So, the best approach is actually the preventive approach – and that may involve regular attic inspections.
Structural Damage in the Attic
A serious roof leak can easily damage the rafters and joints inside the attic cavity. But there’s more – water damage can affect ceilings and even walls. As well, ceiling-mounted light fixtures can be damaged along with ceiling fans. These signs point to the need for immediate repairs.
Mold Growth Through the Attic
Mold growth is one of the biggest problems resulting from a leaky roof. While mold tends to grow slowly and steadily, it can spread quickly, causing damage throughout the attic and roof cavity. One way or another, it has to be removed, and it must be remediated by a professional.
Fire Hazard with Water Damage
The attic typically has electrical wiring running from end to end. A leaking roof can easily short out the wiring, consequently posing a potential fire hazard. With severe water intrusion into the attic, it would be wise to shut down the main electrical in the home to avoid any calamity.
Possible Water Pooling Hazards
A leaky roof can cause water pooling in various parts of the home. While repairs are underway, it's a good idea to take preventive measures to avoid slips and falls (especially for young kids and the elderly). It sounds like obvious advice, but severe leaking causes high volumes of water.
Damage to Insulation Materials
Roof leaks will often cause existing insulation material to become waterlogged. Wet insulation is practically impossible to effectively dry out. In these types of situations, there’s no alternative but to undertake expert attic leak repair and roof leak repair followed by insulation replacement.
For Professional Attic and Roof Repairs It’s EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting
Roof and attic problems should be attended to immediately. Professional attention will prevent the potential for more damage and more costly repairs. At EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting, our in-house attic and roof professionals provide guaranteed results.
We diagnose the issue, recommend a remedy, and do the work from end to end – from structural repairs to shingles replacement to complete roof replacement.