Those sneaky little Cleveland roof leaks!
Maintaining your Cleveland roof against those sneaky little leaks that can occur is an important part of protecting your home investment. Your roof will need to be replaced from time to time but doing maintenance like gutter cleaning, cleaning off the algae, and just a good old roof cleaning from time to time. If you don’t maintain your roof, here are some things that can result from that non-effort.
Fire Hazard– That sounds weird, water can cause fires? Most of your electrical wires are in the attic or the walls of your home and that where the water collects. It may make contact with a shorted wire and can cause a fire that will take the whole house down. Anytime that a leak has been recognized, have a handyman check out your wiring to make sure there are no potential issues.
Mold and Mildew– This is my worst enemy because I have extreme allergies to mold. If you have moisture, like a leak, or just high humidity, mold can be a problem. Mold can grow into the ventilation system and spread all through the house. This may cause respiratory issues like it does in me. Black mold is exceptionally dangerous and if you find it, you may want to have a professional clean that up for you.
Structural Damage– Just because you found the leak and patched it, doesn’t mean that the pesky rascal didn’t leave its damage behind. A leak generally doesn’t do its most damage where it originated. It follows a path let by the least resistance to find its way into your home. The moisture will soak into the framing of your home as well as the trusses, the joists and the attic rafters. If gone unchecked the water will rot the wood and cause the home to lose structural integrity. This will lead to some major safety and financial issues. The moisture can also attract termites which is another problem altogether.
Animals in your house– If water has formed a soft spot in your roof or even a small hole, animals can work their way into your home. Bats, raccoons, squirrels, mice, birds, and others can make your roof their home. They generally make the hole larger and allow an even larger hole for a bigger leak. If you suspect animals in your attic, have them removed before you patch the leak or they will find a way out that might be worse than the way in.
If you spot a leak in your house, track it right away. If it happened once, it will happen again and may have happened before and you just didn’t notice it. Call a professional roofer that has plenty of experience in tracking leaks.
Henry Scudder owns and operates BestClevelandRoofing.com and can be reached at 1-866-596-1620.
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