Mention a ceiling leak in your household and you are likely to get impressions of trouble with water entering your house, dirtying the carpet and potentially causing the unlucky person slip. For some, should the hole be large enough, they might mention the risk of minor flooding your house, thus inconveniencing all while damaging furnishings. Yet, these problems do not truly encompass all the dangers that a ceiling leak might do to your home. In this article, we will cover 5 other less mentioned consequences that hurt home owners when a ceiling leak appears in their homes.
Firstly, your ceiling structure may be compromised. Water enters your home by penetrating porous surfaces and thereafter travelling to spots of accumulation, commonly in the pocket of space above your ceiling. When sufficient water accumulates there, moisture and humidity coupled with darkness creates a good breeding ground for mould. Mould in turn weakens the structural integrity of your ceiling, even possibly causing decay. At some point, the structure’s strength would have weaken below that of what is required to hold your ceiling up, at this point a collapse becomes inevitable.
Secondly, a risk of fire actually increases when water leakages reach the walls of your home. While probably highly counter-intuitive, water leakages increase the potential for fires in your home as it can cause short circuits and potentially electrical fires. Behind your walls is a network of hidden cables that connect your various pocket sockets in a central network grid. When exposed to water, these circuits lose resistance and allow greater current to flow through them. As such, it increases the risk of overheating and thus an outbreak of fire.
Thirdly, as mentioned before accumulation of water in spaces can cause mould growth in the structures of your home. In addition to the weakening of structures, mould can also cause health problems for the occupants of the space. Common problems include throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, coughing, skin irritation and eye irritation. Should an occupant suffer from allergies, more severe forms of these reactions should be expected.
To avoid the listed consequences above, it is recommended that home owners hire professional waterproofing companies to conduct routine inspections. Should you be in need of a ceiling leak repair or pipe leak repair, it would be wise to first consult ceiling leak repair Singapore Company before picking one that is capable, reliable and transparent in their practices.