At first, you may credit it to condensation or a faulty pipe, but a leaking commercial roof can be the first sign of much larger problems with your building. This is an issue that needs to be addressed as early as possible, as delaying even slightly can lead to more critical damage. To help you know what to look for when checking for or evaluating a leak, McDonald & Wetle has collected some common indicators that will let you know when it’s time to call in our repair services.
This will be the most obvious sign that there are issues with the roof. If you notice water dripping from the ceiling, that means there are structural problems allowing water to enter the building. Not only does this indicate damage to the roof, but it could also harm any equipment that is stored inside your building, which is why it’s so important to act immediately.
Formation of Puddles
Likewise, puddles forming in strange areas inside your building can also point to the presence of structural issues with your roof. Aside from damaging your equipment and office supplies, these puddles can create a safety hazard for your employees or guests. If someone was to get injured because of one of these puddles, your business could be held legally liable, draining your precious time and finances.
Stained Ceiling and Walls
Certain types of ceiling materials, such as tile, will react to continued exposure to moisture in the form of stained or discolored areas. Monitor your ceiling and the top of your walls regularly to check for any of these discolorations. If you notice that the stains have spread to the walls, it means that water is running down and could be causing interior damage to your wiring, insulation, and more.
Mold thrives in wet environments, and a leaking roof is no exception. While you may not be able to see the mold, there are a couple of signs that could reveal that it is growing. The growth of mold is often accompanied by a noticeable odor that will be out of the ordinary. Mold can also cause negative health effects like coughing and scratchy throats, so be on alert if any of your workers report feeling ill.
While leaking water can cause noticeable damage inside your building, it may cause damage to the exterior as well. If your roof does not drain properly, standing puddles of water can collect, causing unnecessary wear. This water can also seep into membranes, creating cracks or bubbles that can turn into full holes and open seams if not addressed quickly enough.
Stop Damage Early
Being vigilant about leaking commercial roofs will help you avoid more serious headaches down the road. If you do spot one or more of these signs, do not hesitate to get the issue fixed as soon as possible. The experts at McDonald & Wetle can swiftly identify the root causes of your leaking and make any necessary repairs. And if you’re in the market for a new roof, our roofing installation process is leak-free so you can have peace of mind that your business is protected. Contact us in the Portland or Seattle metro areas for more information.