NICS of Charlotte, an expert construction, roofing, and remodeling company in Charlotte, NC, was recently called in to do a repair job on a home that had interior water damage. The source of the damage was found to be a leak in the roof that had been going on for some time.
The homeowners were understandably upset about the damage the leak had caused. Not only was their home flooded and water damage done to the ceilings and walls, but the structural damage to the home itself was also quite extensive. NICS of Charlotte was able to repair the roof and fix the water damage. We used top-of-the-line materials and techniques that ensured the repair was done right the first time.
When it rains, water can easily seep into your home through the roof and become a big problem. A leak in your roof can saturate everything from the top of your house to the foundation, which then might lead to rot, decay, and serious structural damage.
Though it's admittedly inevitable that your roof will spring a leak at some point - whether due to age, weather, a faulty roof, or other causes it's crucial that you take care of small leaks right away. By either fixing them yourself or hiring a local roof repair company, you can prevent further damage. Here are the dangers posed by letting a leaky roof go unrepaired:
If your roof is leaking, the first place water will go is into the ceiling. If you have an attic, water will leak into it as well. An unaddressed roof leak can damage your belongings in the attic and discolor, stain, or damage the ceiling itself.
If you're not paying attention, water leaking into your home through the roof can cause some significant damage to any insulation in your attic. The water ends up clumping the insulation together, which then does a terrible job of regulating temperatures inside your home - no matter what season it is. Inspecting your roof often helps prevent damage from getting worse.
Rainwater entering your home may also run just behind or on top of the drywall used in your walls. The wall will grow a dull gray over time due to chemical discoloration. The problem here is exactly the same as with ceilings except it’s the walls this time.
Mold, mild, and other microorganisms love wet environments - like those created by water entering your home through the roof. Mold spores from water-damaged homes aren't just present in the house-- they can also travel through the HVAC system and cause major health problems for people with allergies, asthma, environmental sensitivities, and weakened immune systems.
Water and electricity do not mix for obvious reasons. So, if you have a leak in your home and there's wiring in your attic, please contact a professional electrician to assess the damage as soon as possible. Not only will this safeguard you from shocks, but it'll also help prevent any potential fires that could be started by sparks flying through the water.
Carpeting, hardwood floors, and other flooring types can be seriously damaged when a roof leak isn't repaired in a timely manner. Floors that are routinely soaked with rainwater may become warped or saggy. Furthermore, slippery floors can quickly become a slip and fall hazard.
Even the most well-built homes are not safe from water damage and the rot that comes with it. Just a small leak in your roof can turn into major structural problems if left unchecked. Water will leak down to your foundation levels and start to cause rot, making it unstable. Put a stop to leaks before they have a chance to become bigger problems.
If you have found a leak in your residential roof, it is vital that you contact a roofing professional as soon as possible to avoid any further damage. What may seem like a small problem on the surface could be indicative of a larger issue. NICS of Charlotte is an experienced roof repair company that specializes in leak detection and repair. Contact us today for a free inspection and to discuss your options!