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Raleigh Roofing: Article About Leaky Roof Is A Fire Hazard

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A leaky roof can result in numerous issues for a homeowner. Mold, structural damage, decreases to the lifespan of shingles and other roofing materials, and interior damage can all result from a roof without repairs. Another risk often not considered by homeowners is a very real danger for the structure and its occupants: fire.

Moisture that is allowed into the home as the result of missing shingles, improperly installed flashing, the shifting of roofing materials or other opportunities for water seepage can create the danger of fire. Electrical fires and shorts in the wiring can occur if electrical components make contact with moisture. Wiring in the attic of a home or wiring that runs between ceiling joists can be easily penetrated by water that is allowed to leak through the roof and onto supporting materials.

Metal junction boxes, wiring not fully insulated, and circuitry in areas exposed to water damage can all be prime locations for a fire to begin. These areas are also much more likely to create dangerous electrical shock zones.

If a homeowner feels that there is the potential for leaks in the roof, they should immediately contact a licensed and insured Raleigh roofing contractor. The contractor will enlist the services of an electrician, and they will work together to inspect the roof after turning off the electricity to any danger areas.

The roofing experts at Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh NC can assist you with any questions regarding metal roofing or shingle roofing.

Inspecting a roof to look for leaks is not a project the homeowner should do on their own. In addition to the fire danger, roof leaks can result in an unstable roof surface as well as increase the risk to slip and fall when wet.

During the inspection, the roofing contractor will look for signs of water damage and water leakage through the roofing membrane. Some signs include wood rot, dark spots in the ceiling of upper floors in the home, the detection of mold or mildew, damage to attic insulation, and damage to the roofing framework. If any of these signs are discovered, the contractor and electrician will develop a resolution plan and present it to the homeowner.

Immediate repair of roof leaks is important due to the health and safety risks discussed. Repairs made as early as possible will result in fewer expenses than problems that continue unaddressed. By following through with the contractor's recommendations, homeowners will save money, breathe healthier air inside their home and decrease the risk of a dangerous fire that could be avoided.

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