We typically think about leaky roofs as a big impact on our wallet. However, they can also make a big impact on our health. This is especially a concern for commercial building owners, who might impact the health of dozens or hundreds of people by letting a leaky roof go unhandled. Here are some of the health hazards to be on the lookout for when you have a leaky roof.
1. Mold and Fungus
When water gets inside of your building from a leaking roof, it allows mold and fungus to grow. Mold can have a serious impact on our respiratory health. You may just feel that your throat and sinuses are irritated and develop a cough or sore throat. This might indicate you have an allergy to indoor mold. Other people are more sensitive to mold and can have severe reactions.
Also, some types of mold produce mycotoxins. These rare toxic molds can cause neurological damage to anyone, or any animal, exposed to them. If your roof leak has caused mold growth, it is wise to have it removed when the roof is fixed, in case it is causing any health issues.
Also, higher humidity may make those with asthma and other respiratory issues more uncomfortable, even if it doesn’t cause mold or fungus growth.
2. Slips and Falls
Of course, water dripping from the ceiling onto the floor can be a tripping hazard, especially for the person who first discovers it. In a commercial building or large residential buildings, it can be frustrating to keep a handle on the water created by roof leaks to avoid injuries. You or a staff member may have to post a sign, change out the bucket you’re using to collect the water, and mop up.
It’s also important to note that water damage that goes unchecked can create uneven surfaces on the floor below, which can also be a long-term tripping hazard. Sometimes it is necessary to replace the flooring.
3. Electrical Hazards
Water intrusion in any building can also lead to electrical hazards. Water from a roofing leak that falls onto wiring or other electrical components can easily electrocute someone. Electrocution can cause minor burns and discomfort, but at its extreme, it could even kill someone. While those circumstances are rare, it is important to have a professional immediately address any water near electrical equipment, and not try to resolve the problem yourself.
Dealing with a roof leak and organizing for a repair is very stressful for most people. Plus, we often underestimate how much of an impact stress has on our health. Even over the short term, stress can contribute to many other health problems you may have, from heart disease to diabetes.
On its own, stress can cause headaches, fatigue, an upset stomach, sleep problems, and more. To cope with even temporary intense stress, people often turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as overeating or social withdrawal. If you already have some stress in your life, having a major roof leak to deal with will contribute.
Get a stress-free roofing repair experience, and avoid the other potential health hazards caused by contacting Campbell Roofing.