Neglecting roof damage can put your family in danger. Your home is supposed to be the haven that you retreat to. It should offer you a refuge from the outside world. When your roof is damaged it puts you in danger of allowing all of that outside nonsense into your home. Here are a few things to consider when you are deciding whether to put off that roof replacement or not.
Your roof is the barrier that protects everything you love inside your home. If you have wind, hail, or mechanical damage on your roof it is only a matter of time before it begins to leak. When it does start to leak it can go one of two ways. You can either experience water pouring through your ceiling or it could be occurring without you knowing it is happening. Both circumstances put the integrity of your home at risk. When you can see the water damage that means it has moved through all barriers above it. This can cause damage to your electrical system, your HVAC system, and all of your personal belongings. When you can’t see the damage it poses the same risks as above but it also can become a breeding ground for mold and pests.
One of the biggest problems in the United States. Here is a statistic most of you wouldn’t ever expect. 7 million deaths per year are linked to indoor and outdoor air pollution. (World Health Organization, 2014). This is a staggering amount of deaths that are rarely mentioned. Any kind of water damage can facilitate the growth of a mold in as little as 24-48 hours.
Mold grows quickly in wet environments so it is important to clean up standing water and prevent it from growing or spreading ASAP. It is also imperative to stop the flow of water to the interior of your home. If it is coming from a roof leak it is something that needs to be inspected by a professional and taken care of immediately. Putting on the repair of your leaking roof will only exacerbate the mold issue you are experiencing. Neglecting roof damage like this puts your family at serious risk of respiratory illness.
In 2021 residents of 14 Million Housing Units Reported Seeing Roaches and 14.8 Million Saw Rodents in the Last 12 Months. Most of these pests are coming in through small creases that are on the exterior of your home. This includes your roofing system. A typical home includes many species of insects, but cockroaches are especially well adapted to living with humans.
According to the EPA, they can trigger asthma and other health concerns. Roaches filter in from the outdoors through cracks and crevices and are attracted to food. The CDC reports that rats and mice may spread diseases to humans directly through feces, urine, or saliva, and indirectly through ticks, mites, or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.
Rodents are attracted to trash outside of homes and dark, moist places in which they can burrow, such as lumber or firewood stored outside of homes. Structural problems such as cracked walls, broken windows, and roof leaks are also frequent problems and often create conditions that lead to pests. The likelihood of sighting a roach was higher in homes with structural problems and in renter-occupied units. For example, homes with a sagging roof were about 3.9 times more likely than homes without a sagging roof to have roach sightings.
If you experience any of the issues above it is likely that conducting routine maintenance to your property could have prevented it. Choosing to replace that roof or siding can make all of the difference in the world. In the event of one of these catastrophes happen you will probably have to vacate your home which will create a load of headaches in your life. It creates stress, tension, and financial burden. All of these can stem from neglecting roof damage and can put your family’s health and well-being at risk!