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5 Surprising Risks of Having Roof Leaks

Updated on April 12, 2017
Attic roof.
Attic roof.


A minor roof leak can be a serious problem in the long run. So as a homeowner, always be on the lookout for roof leakages before they pose risks to you and your family’s safety, and thereby, ruining your precious home.

There are numerous household problems that may be procrastinated, but a roof leak repair must be your main priority when it comes to your list of home maintenance problems. Roofing leaks may develop because of many reasons and these include wind or storm damage, improper roof installation, and absence of regular maintenance. Remember that majority of the roofs are only meant to last twenty to thirty years, so it might be time for a roof replacement.

But, what is the reason why small roof leaks are very critical to the entire household? Well, majority of homeowners thought a leaky roof is only a structural issue, yet it can basically pose a lot of safety and health risks as well. You have to take note that constant water intrusion will work down from your house’s attic area to its foundation, causing lots of costly damage in the long run. Below are some of the surprising risks of roof leaks:

Ceiling and Attic Damage

The initial risks of roof leaks are damage to your attic and the items you placed here. If there’s no attic or the leak’s size is big, it will damage the interior ceiling. Ceiling plaster may expand and bubble, and the ceiling paint will darken with molds and dirt. The water from the leaking roof will also the damage the plaster and the paint on the nearby walls and surfaces. Your ceiling mounted fans and light will be affected as well. Ultimately, the leak will destroy your attic as well as the fixtures, furniture and appliances in there. So don’t wait for that to happen.

Fall and Slip Hazard

A big roof leak may cause water to puddle on the floor. It might not seem a big risk, yet if you have a family that’s active, particularly if you have kids who run around always, you have to get that water mopped up for you to avoid human spills. In other words, leakages can result to accidents and injuries if neglected. So the leaks do not just destroy the structure but also leads to bodily harm.

Interior Mildew and Mold Issues

In the long run, one of the most serious risks of roof leaks is the buildup of mildew and mold. Mold may spread throughout the structure of the home to the HVAC system and to your entire house through the vents where this could invade furniture, clothing, and carpets. Also, there are molds that are dangerous to one’s health, especially those who are struggling with allergies and asthma.

Wasted Energy and Higher Utility Bills

Another risk of roof leaks is high utility bills because water intrusion is basically detrimental to the attic area’s insulation. If roof leak repair is neglected, it can lead to chronic water intrusion that will deplete the insulation and your home will lose cool and hot air, which results to high utility bills. So once you see a leak, fix it immediately. That way you can save energy and lower or maintain your utility bill at home.

Compromised Integrity of the Structure of Your Home

The most obvious risk of roof leak is damaged rafters, wall framing, ceiling joists, and exterior trim or fascia boards, which may become victims of water intrusion. Roof leak may lead to wood weakened and deterioration and the rotten roof framing will cause serious issues that might require you to reach out to expert roofers like the best roofing contractors in Ann Arbor.


Never ever neglect a roof leak issue. It is as important as the other parts of your house. If you don’t want to end up costly repair in the end, always have your roof checked regularly for any roof leaks or damage. Regular maintenance is the key.


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