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The Dangers of A Leaky Roof



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How a Leaky Roof Can Cause Water and Mold Damage

If you live in an area that doesn’t see a lot of rain, a leaky roof may be low on your list of jobs. Leaky roofs are a hassle that no home owner wants to deal with, especially if the leak is on the smaller side. At least with larger scale leaks the repair seems necessary. Some home owners live with discolored walls (potentially hazardous), but need something of a larger scale before they address the problem. It should be noted, water damage whether large or small needs to be addressed. Water damage caused by a leaky roof can lead to even larger problems down the road. The good news is that preventative maintenance and water damage repair can stop a small problem before it becomes a larger one.

Some of the Affects of Leaky Roof

There are several reasons your roof is leaking water. Some of the most common are missing shingles, poorly repaired/installed roof (i.e. cheap materials or wrong materials all together), improperly installed flashing. Whatever the case may be, the leak is doing damage to your home.
Here are some signs that your roof may be leaking:

  • Discoloration of walls or ceiling
  • Cracked or bubbled plaster
  • Wood rot
  • Musty or mildew smell
  • Mold growth

Areas like Southern California should be aware that while a leaky roof may not seem like the most pressing repair it should be taken care of sooner rather than later. You’ll thank yourself later when you realize how much money you saved by simply taking care of a small problem before it turned into a larger one.

If spots affected by a leak are left untreated over time you may notice that what started as some discoloration on your walls or a patch of soggy drywall may now be showing visible signs of mold growth.

Mold from a leaky roof can wreak havoc on any home. Mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours and in the proper conditions can spread very quickly. It is important that when recognizing problems with mold that you call a certified mold repair service. Mold repair is dangerous work and can be hazardous. Best leave this type of repair to the professionals.

The good news is that in areas like San Diego there is plenty of time where a roof and leak repair are ideal. Summer is an ideal time to repair a roof. As a final reminder, while some areas may not be affected by rain and leaky roofs, if your roof is leaking move that repair nearer to the top of your to-do list.

Flood Solutions is here to handle all of your leaky roof needs and we are certified by the IICRC for mold remediation and this means you can use us not only for your leaky roof, but also for any damage done by mold or mildew. Now is the perfect time to learn more. Give us a call at 760-523-3266!