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How to Find a Roof Leak Before It Turns into a Costly Repair



How to Find a Roof Leak in 4 Steps

A roof leak can damage more than just your building’s integrity. Any water damage or flooding can result in a delay or standstill of business operations, resulting in a loss of profits. Not to mention the health risks that can form due to mold if left unchecked. 

Here’s how to find a roof leak in your commercial building and what to do about it. 

Step #1: Watch Out for Telltale Roof Leak Signs

While the most apparent sign of a roof leak is seeing or hearing dripping water, several other warnings should be cause for suspicion. These red flags include:

  • Ceiling or wall stains—Discoloration on any ceiling and wall material indicates extended exposure to water. Depending on where the leak is, water may run down into a wall, causing damage. 
  • Visible roof damage—It is crucial for your building to undergo frequent roof inspections. By being vigilant, you can spot any damage that may be an opening for water to get inside before it happens. While it’s best to schedule inspections with a professional, look for any standing or pooled water, cracks or bubbles, open seams, and tears or holes.
  • Odor and mold—A foul smell can signal unwanted water is present. If there is pooled water or a perpetual leak combined with a warm, humid environment, mold can begin to grow.
  • Higher energy bills—If your building is suffering from a roof leak, you can expect some high energy bills. As water seeps into the insulation, it will no longer be able to retain warm or cold air, making your air conditioner or heating system work harder.

Step #2: Prevent Interior Damage

Once you have identified one or more signs of a roof leak, you must take precautions to prevent interior damage. Your building may contain valuable products or equipment that cannot risk getting wet. Be sure to clear the contaminated area of all people, equipment, and supplies to prevent costly contamination. Then, lay down a tarp and bucket to collect any dripping water.

Step #3: Identify All Water Entry Locations

After your building is secure, clearly mark every spot where water is escaping from or has targeted. As it may take time for your contractor to visit your space, don’t risk an area drying up and being overlooked. By identifying these key spots, you will also speed up the process once the contractor does arrive.

Step #4: Contact a Roof Repair Professional

It’s vital to get ahead of a rook leak before it causes significant issues. Contact a roof repair professional immediately after spotting a warning sign. A trained eye will better identify the source of the water and present the best solution. To avoid future leaks, be sure to schedule consistent inspections for your building’s roof. If you’re experiencing a frequency of leaks or other roof issues, consider a coating or replacement.

How PB Roofing Can Help Your Commercial Building

PB Roofing is experienced in roof repairs, maintenance, inspections, and more. We’re trained and equipped to handle any size roof leak. Our professionalism ensures your building is taken care of in the best way possible with minimum damage. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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