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6 Risks of Neglecting Roof Leaks

A small leak may not seem like a big problem. But neglecting it can lead to further damage and costly repairs.


If you find signs of a leaking roof, call a qualified roofing expert right away. As a homeowner, there are six risks associated with neglecting a leaky roof.


1. Mold and Mildew

Like most water problems, roof leaks can create mold and mildew. Mold can spread throughout a home’s structure. Black mold is the most common mold that results from an ongoing water problem. Whether it’s the toxic variety or not, black mold damages wood framing, ceiling tiles, and interior coverings. Mold is unsightly and hard to remove.


2. Health Concerns

Mold and mildew can grow on nearly anything in a home. In addition to damaging your home, this can be a major health concern as well. It’s even worse for homeowners with a sensitivity such as nasal congestion, rhinitis, inflammations and asthma. If left unresolved, mold spores will continue to produce leading to allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms, and other serious health problems.


3. Electrical Damage

A leak can also lead to electrical damage. Depending on the location and severity, electrical damage can be costly. It may trip your breaker, but it could also lead to an electrical fire, damaged appliances, and even bodily injury. Be sure to protect your home's wiring by repairing any water leaks.


4. Higher Utility Bills and Wasted Energy

A leaking roof allows water to pool in your attic. Most insulation, such as commonly used fiberglass insulation, don’t hold up to water. When insulation is exposed to water, it compresses and becomes inefficient. This leads to a loss of energy efficiency if the insulation gets soaked with water.


5. Slip and Fall Hazard

A severely leaking roof lead to a puddle on the floor. In addition to damaging your floor, this can also lead to a slipping hazard. If you have an active family, especially small children, a pool of water on your floor can be dangerous.


6. Further Roofing Damage

Many homeowners mistakenly assume a small leak doesn’t need immediate attention. But the truth is that small leaks quickly become a large problem. The longer the leak is neglected, the more costly the repair.


What starts as a small amount of water turns into a soft spot in your roof. This can then lead to more leaks and eventually a collapsed roof.


Your home is your largest investment. Don’t take the risks of neglecting a leaky roof. Whether it’s large or small, if your roof has a leak, contact JB Roofing & Gutters today for a thorough inspection and a complete repair.


Don’t trust your damaged roof to anyone. We’ll ensure your roof is repaired correctly the first time!

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