Dangers of Unchecked Water Intrusion
Water can be just as destructive as it is life-giving. If your home has a leak, whether coming from your roof, siding, or windows, it has to be fixed ASAP. Doing the opposite will only spell trouble for your home and your family’s health.
Since water intrusion only gets worse with procrastination, here are the dangers of putting off storm damage restoration:
Leakage can accelerate the deterioration of your home when left unchecked. It saps the strength out of wood, speeds up metal corrosion, ruins paint and wallpaper and causes the foundations to crack. Before you know it, you’ll be living in a fixer-upper.
In addition to decreasing your home’s value, chronic water intrusion renders your property unsafe for habitation. After all, a home with weak roof frames, worn-out siding panels, broken windows and sagging foundations creates an unlivable environment.
Any storm damage roof repair specialist will attest that moisture is the number one threat to insulation. A high level of dampness causes it to clump and becomes ineffective in reducing heat transfer. Until it dries out, it won’t make a reliable thermal barrier.
Mold loves wet organic materials, which are abundant in attics below leaky roofs. Under optimum conditions, it can grow in colonies rapidly. Mold infestation can begin in one area but quickly spread in different parts of the house through the ductwork. Those sensitive to mold may experience allergic attacks and respiratory problems.
Without tackling routine roof maintenance and immediate storm damage siding repair jobs, a leak can start a fire. Water can penetrate through insulation and seep into junction boxes that protect electrical wires. Upon meeting with live wiring, it can spark and make nearby combustible materials to burst into flames. To make things worse, electrical fires are usually difficult to put out. But even the leakage doesn’t burn your place down, it can pose a shock hazard when it becomes electrically charged.
Any leak is an emergency and should be treated as such. Turn to KAT Construction to avert the costly consequences of unaddressed water intrusion. Call us today at (612) 326-1122 to schedule your free inspection in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or any neighboring MN area.