Are you heating your home, but it still feels too chilly regardless of your efforts? It’s possible your home is losing heat. Whether it’s due to damage, low-quality materials, or faulty manufacturing, you’re going to need to address this problem as soon as possible or waste a lot of energy for nothing.
A lot of times, heat can escape your home through a damaged roof, so this is the first thing you should check. But there are also various other problems a damaged roof can lead to:
Mold is detrimental to your health, and by not getting rid of it quickly enough, it can spread to other parts of your home. By leaving it as is, you risk developing several ailments, including rhinitis, nasal congestion, asthma, and inflammations. It’s quite challenging to get rid of it, and the process is not exactly the most affordable either, which is another reason not to wait around too long to fix it.
- Fire hazard
In case there are wires in your roof, a shortened wire may lead to a fire situation. If you suspect this to be the case, it’s recommended to turn off the electricity for the time being and have an electrician examine it.
- Higher utility bills
While higher utility bills aren’t really alarming straight off the bat, they will certainly become a financial burden in the long term if you decide to keep letting the heat escaping your home. In any case, it’s best to avoid delaying the repair, since your insulation may become saturated, and if this happens, it’s going to need a lot of time to dry out.
- Damaging your furniture and equipment
If water leaks through a damaged roof, your interior items might get damaged, such as furniture, lights, and other equipment. Even if none of it is there, the paint and plaster on nearby walls will invariably get damaged.
- Slip and fall hazard
Water that’s leaking through a damaged roof can create a slippery puddle, stepping into which can cause you to fall and injure yourself. Even if you know the puddle is there and avoid the area, it may be hard to find in the dark. Also, your guests may step in it as well, which would be quite unpleasant.
How to fix a damaged roof
A temporary fix is to roll up a towel and stick it into the hole to prevent wind blowing into the house and stop the immediate water leakage. Permanently fixing the problem, however, would require sealing the cracks or replacing the broken tiles. Since most people are rather uncomfortable doing it themselves, hiring a roofing company is a great way to tackle this. If nothing else, it’s definitely way cheaper than remaining passive and living under a cracked roof.
Damage to your roof can lead to much more severe problems than merely letting the heat escaping out of the house, some urgent, and some that become apparent in the long term. But one thing is certain: if you don’t get it fixed as soon as possible, the repairs will get even more costly in the long run in almost all of the situations.
Author: Sophia Williams