A leaking roof is a lot more serious an issue than you might expect. It converts into a loss of money, thanks to the heat-loss, but, in addition, the leaking water is the real cause for concern.
Water, when it is in a place it’s not supposed to be, to can cause damage in a number of different ways:
- Standing bodies of water can be a breeding ground for nasty bacteria, which in turn causes ill-health in those around it. Moisture in general can allow a variety of fungal life to grow, which can also be damaging to your health.
- Moisture can cause some materials to rot or erode. If your support beams are made from wood then this is a serious problem which could mean thousands in repair costs. More typically speaking, it means replacing floor boards and insulation after a leak has occurred. While this isn’t as expensive as the worst case scenario, for many it is still an unwanted and want-to-avoid scenario.
- Moisture can cause damage to electrical fittings, which could leave your home without power, with an increase risk of fire, and a costly repair bill.
In conclusion, the main cause for concern with a leaking roof isn’t the cost of repairing the roof, but how the costs are compounded upon by the water leaking into your home. In order to deal with this situation, tackling the problem as early as possible (as early as you’re aware of it) is ideal.
If you’ve discovered that you have a leaking roof, you may need to pay for a roof surveyor. There are a number of tools at their disposal that can quickly find the location of the leak, and allow for a targeted repair job.