Sensei Speaks: The Actual Cost of Storm Damage
Everyone is busy these days. Prioritizing what appears to be a minor leak may not be at the top of a busy homeowner’s to-do list. Besides, one might be led to believe that if it’s not causing a huge inconvenience or if it only leaks occasionally that it’s not causing any real harm. Right?
Well… Sensei says:
Despite not causing a major inconvenience to your daily routine or living space, a small leak, left unrepaired, can end up costing you much more in the long run. Especially, when it is not resolved right away due to the unexpected and hidden issues that it can cause. It is so important to have these leaks inspected and repaired as soon as possible.
Even though a leak may not be visible one hundred percent of the time, it is slowly causing damage to your insulation or drywall. A leak can impact your electrical wiring, which can lead to an expensive repair on top of the leak. Plus, it’s a fire hazard. The leak can cause an electrical short. If you have wiring in your attic or ceiling it would be wise to turn off the electricity in the area where the leak is.
Inflated Energy Bill
In a time when energy costs are rising, damage to your insulation should be on your mind. A leak can saturate and eventually deteriorate your insulation. Your heating or air system will be working overtime from an increased loss of heat or cool air. This translates into a higher bill.
Damage to Exterior Paint
Paint starts to peel when moisture gets trapped under the roof underlayment. The curb appeal of your home becomes affected. Additional cost and time of having your home repainted can be quite frustrating and time-consuming.
Prolonged moisture spawns mold. Mold is a health hazard, especially if it is black mold: it becomes toxic. Mold can spread throughout your home and into your vents and become a major health issue for your family. Not only can mold wreak respiratory havoc but it is also associated with headaches and fatigue. Besides navigating health concerns, mold can be very costly to fix.
Structural damage can result from an unsuspecting prolonged roof leak. Your home’s interior wood frame, along with the rafters and joists can rot. This can become an expensive fix that may require hiring a professional contractor to completely rip out drywall and completely replace the wall.
Do you like your hardwood floors? What if they were to sag and warp? Would you like them then? Water always finds its way down to the lowest elevation. And if it gets into your home, it can eventually make its way down to your hardwood floors.
It’s clear that what appears to be a small or intermittent roof leak can have many hidden costs associated with it, especially if it is left unrepaired. It’s important to resolve it as soon as possible.
When a storm hits your neighborhood it can create undetected damage for days, weeks, or even months. Sensei recommends scheduling a free inspection with a professional ninja restoration expert. Roof Ninja has experienced experts that can find leaks in your roof and prevent further damage.
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