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The Potential Dangers of a Leaky Roof

According to much research, a leaking roof can have many adverse effects on a residential property in Oxnard, California. Fortunately, a professional inspection every year may ensure that potential water concerns that are caused by a roof are identified and fixed promptly. Afterwards the important process, a homeowner may then decide to protect a deck with deck coating or waterproofing.

Interior Mold and Mildew 
One of the most serious and likely consequences of a leaky roof is the potential growth of mold and mildew. When not treated promptly, mold can spread throughout a home’s structure including the insulation in the attic and the HVAC system. Once the mildew and mold invades the carpet, vents, and furniture, the residents can be at risk for severe health issues such as nasal congestion, inflammation, allergies, rhinitis, and asthma. Allowing mildew and mold to remain trapped in the attic’s insulation or the HVAC system could also drastically compromise the indoor air quality of the home.

Electrical Damages and Fire Hazard
If electrical wiring is present in an attic or ceiling, a leaky roof could result in the infiltration of water into a dangerous area. When water and electricity are together, the pair could pose a fire threat from shorted wires. Although rubber boots can prevent water from contacting electrical components, sometimes these protective barriers may deteriorate and crack. Special consideration should be taken to ensure that water drips from the roof are not near light switches/fixtures and electric sockets.

Other Water Hazards 
While water is most known for damaging electrical components, a less common water hazard is the potential for slips and falls. A leaking roof can create an unnoticeable puddle on a smooth outdoor surface, which can ultimately result in an unforeseen accident. Slipping on water is especially a huge risk for children and the elderly. Another potential concern of a leaking roof is the deterioration of the deck. When a deck is exposure to water, there will most likely be damages to the plywood, joist, and beams. In order to prevent unexpected injuries, this water-weakened-wood should be repaired immediately.

 

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