Unknown Dangers of a Roof Leak

Developing a leaky roof is something that everyone dreads. Repairs can be expensive and may not be covered by insurance policies, depending on the cause of the leak. What people don’t understand is that by the time a leak is detected, it’s typically been occurring for a significant amount of time and there are a variety of unknown dangers associated with a roof leak.

Mold and Mildew

It requires very little time for mold and mildew to begin to multiply. All it needs is moisture and warm conditions which are plentiful in South Florida. There are about a dozen naturally occurring molds that ordinarily affect structures and some can begin growing in as little as 24 hours. Mold and mildew can affect the health of people, pets, and is especially dangerous for those with asthma, allergies, and respiratory conditions.

Structural Damage

Moisture entering through a leaky roof soaks into the wood of roof supports and causes rotting that impairs structural integrity. The moisture also runs down roof supports to collect at the ceiling level. Over time, moisture will seep into spaces behind walls to damage wallboard. Water collecting at the ceiling or floor level can result in collapsed flooring.

Fire Hazard

Water seeping through the roof and behind walls will eventually come into contact with electrical wiring. It can result in shorts that can ignite a fire.

Increased Utility Bills

Water doesn’t stay in just one place. It will run and drip to saturate insulation, thereby reducing it’s insulative properties. The effectiveness of insulation can actually be depleted with a long-term leak and result in higher heating and cooling expenses.


The best way to prevent leaks is to have the roof inspected once a year. It can be particularly advantageous after a damaging storm has rolled through. Roofing naturally deteriorates over time and wind can loosen roofing materials. It’s always a good idea to schedule an inspection if large branches have fallen on the roof. The inspection will identify areas that could potentially cause a problem in the future.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

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Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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