When you consider rain damage to your home, you might picture a devastating flood of water pouring in after a tree limb comes crashing down and punctures your roof. While this kind of catastrophic event is a real threat during a wind and rain storm, experienced Atlanta roofers will tell you there are other ways that rain damage can wreak havoc on your home, such as:
Electrical System Harm
When water gets into the attic, whether it’s a significant amount at one time or a slow infiltration from minor roof leaks, it can permeate electrical wiring, light fixtures, receptacles, junction boxes or components of installed HVAC equipment. At a minimum, exposing electrical components to water can cause a short that trips a breaker repeatedly, but in a worst-case scenario, it can cause arcing that creates a spark and starts a fire.
Damaging Mold Growth
Mold spores are present almost everywhere, and all they need is moisture and warmth to thrive. So, when rain infiltrates the attic and makes its way into the exterior walls and/or ceilings of your home, mold can flourish in multiple hidden locations. While it’s well-known that mold can degrade air quality and cause health issues like headaches, fatigue, congestion, respiratory problems and allergy symptoms, it can also damage the house itself. Because it feeds on organic material, over time mold can literally devour structural components like wood studs, drywall and ceiling tiles, and even wallpaper, flooring and carpet.
Loss of Energy Efficiency
Most homes in the Atlanta area have ample insulation in place to keep heat from radiating down through the attic floor into the ceilings of the finished rooms below. If your attic has blown-in cellulose and rain gets in and saturates the insulation, it can lose its R-value, or the ability to prevent heat flow. Since cellulose insulation tends to clump up, even if it dries out, it won’t regain its lost R-value, so the ruined insulation will have to be removed and replaced. If the water intrusions into the attic aren’t noticed and the wet insulation stays in place, your HVAC equipment is going to have to work harder and consume more energy to maintain comfort in your home, so your cooling costs will increase.
If you’re concerned about rain damage and you’re looking for skilled and trustworthy Atlanta roofers to repair or replace your roof, contact us today at Pro Roofing & Siding.