Have a Leak in Your Commercial Roof? Here’s What to Do First

Kathleen Maxwell | March 25, 2022

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A leak is a worst-case scenario for a commercial or industrial building owner. Everyone knows leak repairs are expensive, and it can be tempting to try to cope with the leak and avoid fixing it. But like many other roofing problems, leaks can cause more damage the longer they are left alone. The key to saving money on an industrial roof leak repair is to take action as soon as you discover a leak. Here are the steps to take when you have a leak in your commercial roof:

Be able to recognize leaks.

Not every roof leak leads to a dramatic waterfall in the building. Most leaks are much less obvious. Discoloration or mildew on the ceiling or walls of a building are usually signs of a leak. Dampness or even a musty smell can indicate a leak as well.

Find the source of the leak. 

Once you’ve found signs of a leak, the first step is to find out where the leak is coming from. Leaks aren’t always caused by roofing problems. Plumbing or other equipment can also cause water damage. If there is no other possible source of damage, determine what part of the roof may be leaking. Penetrations, rooftop equipment, flashing, and gutters are all common sources of leaks to check.

Protect the building’s interior.

One of the biggest risks a leaking roof presents is damage to the interior of the building. Leaks can damage ceilings, drywall, floors, and even expensive equipment. As best you can, figure out where the leak damage extends to and then take measures to protect those rooms. Remove equipment and put down waterproof covers to protect as much of the interior as possible.

Call a trusted roofing partner.

The sooner a roofer can get to the scene of a leak, the sooner it can get fixed and stop damaging other parts of the building. In the case of a roof leak, time is money. The longer a leak festers, the more likely it is to cause some kind of costly damage. Get in touch with an emergency roofing technician as soon as possible for a commercial roof leak repair. 

If you need help with your roof leak, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal today. Our team is ready for your call and eager to help.

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