What Should I Do If My Commercial Roof Is Leaking?
There may be roof leaks if you discover puddles within your warehouse or stains on ceiling tiles.
Commercial roof leaks need immediate attention since the roof is the first line of defense against water damage and the elements.
No one likes to deal with flooded floors, broken machinery, ruined inventory, or injured employees or customers.
Commercial Roof Leaks and Their Root Causes
- Storms, rooftop activities: Rooftop equipment failure, lack of maintenance, and plain old age are all potential causes of leaks. Some possible signs of a leaky roof are:
- Ceiling and wall stains: Water damage can alter the look of a ceiling or wall. Water infiltration may be the cause of discoloration, stains, bubbles, blisters, or efflorescence on a brick surface. Water damage can cause a structure to have a musty odor or an unusually moist atmosphere. The musty odor might be the result of mold growing in the damp area.
- Puddles or drips of water within the building: The telltale indicator of a roof leak is the presence of water within the building. There may be other factors at play here. A roof leak or humidity are both possible causes of water leaking from an air conditioning duct. Roof leaks are commonly traced to sprinkler systems or other overhead water pipes. Spend some time and a decent flashlight looking for the likely water leak’s origin.
You may wonder, “What is the cause?” if leaks are a problem in your building
The primary factors contributing to commercial roof leaks include the presence of damaged flashing or caulk details, punctures or openings in the roof surface, inadequate maintenance of rooftop air conditioning units, fans, or other equipment, roof displacement at parapet walls or expansion joints, as well as potential vulnerabilities at various rooftop elements.
One positive aspect is that regular maintenance procedures frequently serve as a preventive measure against the occurrence of such issues.
When a Commercial Roof Has a Leak, What Should You Do?
Inspecting the commercial roof once a year is recommended to identify any issues before they worsen.
The lifespan of your roofing system can also be increased by routine maintenance.
The following should be done if a leak occurs:
Make A Note Of The Area
If you can see the leak from the floor or the ceiling, make a note of it.
Our repair personnel will greatly benefit from this since it will allow us to zero in on the exact spot on the roof where the issue is originating.
Do this as soon as possible after you discover the leak so that we can pinpoint the spot where water first began leaking even if the area dries up.
Employees should be informed of the leak, and the area should be cordoned off if required to prevent accidents caused by wet floors.
If moving valuable machinery or supplies out of the way is not an option, they should at least be covered with plastic or a tarp.
Keep Looking For Other Problems
Leaks are often cunning. It’s not always the case that visible water entering the structure indicates that the area’s roof is to blame.
Roof leaks, ductwork leaks, and structural member leaks are all potential pathways for water to move large distances inside a building.
Investigate the area around the leak for any clues as to its source, such as damp sprinkler or conduit pipes, dripping ductwork, or water damage to structural components.
There may be further damage to the roof or maintenance that is required, but hopefully, the cause of the leak is small.
An air conditioner door or other piece of equipment that became dislodged during a storm might have landed on the roof, producing several punctures but perhaps only a single obvious leak.
A thorough roof inspection and comprehensive report on the roof’s condition are options for our services.
As said before, regular upkeep helps stop leaks, protects the structure and its contents, and extends the roof’s useful life.
First and Foremost, Call Gen819 Roofing & Solar!
Our skilled workers will complete all required repairs to ensure the safety of your facility, its contents, and employees from any further water damage.
If it’s necessary, we’ll send a sales rep out to inspect your roof and provide you with data to help you decide how best to extend the life of your current roof system or, if replacement is the best course of action, and how to best meet your needs.
The buildings an entrepreneur owns are typically a huge financial commitment and a vital, long-term asset.
Maintaining your roof professionally on a regular basis will help you see any issues and fix them before they become costly disasters.
With regular upkeep, you won’t even remember that your roof is yours, giving you more time and mental space to focus on running your company.