Water Damage From a Leaky Roof By Water Damage Advisor Posted on August 29, 2015April 1, 2020 Many different types of problems can occur when one is faced with a leaky roof. It not only ruins the structure, but also diminishes the safety of your home. A leaky roof can be caused by a number of things. Improper installation Lack of maintenance Wind or storm damage No matter the size of the leak, it can lead to other types of damage in the long run. Interior damage can be seen when the affected areas start to darken and the ceiling plaster may bubble or expand. Interior mold and mildew One of the most serious issues with a leaky roof is mold and mildew growth. Mold can spread through the home’s structure and can invade carpets, furniture and even clothing. Black mold is the most common type of mold resulting from water intrusion. Toxic black mold attacks wood framing, ceiling tiles, and wall and floor coverings. Health issues resulting from mold Mold can lead to many serious health issues, especially those who are highly sensitive to allergens. Nasal congestion, inflammation and asthma can also be present with too much exposure to mold. Mold spores continue to produce unless completely taken care of. Mold is very difficult to get rid of and should be handled by trained professionals to make sure it’s thoroughly eradicated.