There are many areas of your home that need regular maintenance. Unfortunately, the roof is one of the most neglected aspects of home maintenance. It is easy to forget to maintain your roof, or even to ignore it without trying to. However, this is something you do not want to forget about. Poor roof maintenance can negatively impact both your health and that of your family.

Mold

Leaky roofs can cause water damage in your home, which leads to mold growth. Mold and mildew can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions. When mold and mildew enter your HVAC systems, they can circulate throughout your house and put you and your family at risk of contracting chronic upper respiratory infections.

In order to avoid these negative consequences, you should regularly check your roof for leaks. There are several signs you should watch for to recognize a leaky roof. These include water spots on your ceiling or walls, missing or damaged shingles, algae, mold, and roof rot.

Pests

In addition to causing harmful water damage, roof damage can also allow pests to enter your home. Homeowners should be aware of common signs of a rodent infestation in their home. If you suspect a rodent infestation, make sure to watch out for actual rodents—dead or alive. Although this one seems obvious, it’s a clear sign of a possible infestation problem. Other signs include droppings, gnaw marks, damaged goods, nests, greasy rub marks, and noises in the walls.

Fire Hazards

A damaged and leaky roof can create fire and electrical hazards. Potential sparks from the wiring in your attic or basement can ignite the insulation and cause a fire. Unfortunately, fires due to electrical problems like this are very common. Additionally, a leaky roof can allow water to pool near exposed wires. Anyone who touches these pools can get electrocuted and be seriously injured. A leaky roof can compromise the structural integrity of your home over time, which can result in expensive wood framing repairs and assistance from a professional contractor.

Do not underestimate the danger of an old, leaky, or unsound roof. Take action and fix it rather than risking your own health and the health of your family. By regularly maintaining your roof you help prevent mold and mildew from growing, pests from invading, and prevent fires from starting.