It is best to move temporarily to another room if a leak occurs in a place where you spend a lot of time. In this case, a fresh leak may not be as hazardous as if it had been neglected for a long time. However, the risks remain.
Dry rot can cause serious damage to your roof if water seeps through. The phenomenon is caused when a piece of wood repeatedly absorbs water from a leak. Dry rot weakens the structural integrity of a home and can, in some cases, lead to its collapse. Dry rot can be a serious problem in a room that you sleep in. If you have a leak in the ceiling, it could cause your plaster or drywall to collapse. Small pieces can cause injuries, while large pieces can be inhaled or ingested.
It may not be so bad to sleep in a room that has a small dark spot on the roof caused by repeated water damage. This mark is usually only visible after the ceiling has been damaged to a greater extent. If you live in a humid climate, the water collected from a leaky roof can be a breeding ground for mildew and algae. Mold is usually easy to remove, but it can remain hidden for a long time if you don’t deal with the leak quickly. Mold can be harmful to pets, and it is also dangerous for people with allergies or asthma.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in Saint Petersburg, FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.