A leak is never a good thing, especially when you learn that your business has a leaky roof during the worst rainstorm of the year. While a leaky faucet can generally be fixed pretty easily, a roof is a different story. A roof leak may require more repairs or a restoration and usually needs a roofing contractor.

When you first spot a leak in your commercial roof, you may think that it is not a big deal. Or that the issue does not have to be taken care of immediately. But a leak in your roof can do more than just damage the ceiling tiles and cause water damage on the floor below. A leaking roof can create problems that you may have never thought about, from building issues to health problems. This is why it is so important to take care of leaks before they get worse. If the roof of your commercial building is leaking, contact Northest Roofing Systems LLC. We offer services for metal roofing and membrane restoration, as well as fabric-reinforced roofing and spray polyurethane foam systems, using only the best—Conklin Roofing Systems.

Our roofing professionals can help repair your roofing leaks, allowing you to get back to business with fewer concerns and issues. Why is it so important to have your roof leaks fixed as soon as possible? We are glad you asked.

Interior Damage

This one may seem pretty obvious, but if you let your leaks get out of hand, you may end up with a more damage on the inside than you originally thought you would have. A leak can cause water damage to your floors, walls, equipment, supplies, products, and anything else that constantly gets dripped on or is in the way of the leak. To save money on interior damages, damaged products, and equipment replacement, you will want to have leaks fixed as soon as possible.

Mold and Mildew

The longer leaks are left unsolved, the more damage they will do and the more time mold and mildew has time to grow and spread. Mold can spread throughout different parts of your business’ structure and can have an effect on your health. Mold can cause many serious health issues. Mold may affect those with asthma, nasal congestion, and other issues worse, but can cause illness in just about everyone. Mold is also hard to get rid of. The more the mold spreads the more difficult it is to remove and you are likely to spend a lot of money getting it taken care of. The earlier you get a leak fixed, the less likely it is to develop into mold.

Building Structure

A leak near the edge of your roof could end up trickling down the walls, creating moisture and water damage in the walls. This could weaken the structure of your business and could lead to much more serious problems. If you notice a leak near your walls, know that it may be affecting your walls as well.

Safety Issues

A leaking roof obviously causes safety issues, along with all of the other problems. As the ceiling tiles of your business get damp and weighed down with collecting water, there is a chance that they may fall. If you don not clear the area or notice how bad the problem has gotten, a tile could fall on a customer, on an employee, or on your supplies, products, and other equipment. You don’t want to have to worry about any of your items getting ruined, and you certainly don’t want to have to worry about another person getting injured.

But a falling tile is not the only danger that could come from a roof leak. The water dripping from the ceiling could create a puddle on the floor, and if this is not cleaned up or taken care of with a bucket, it could cause slips and falls which could lead to injuries. You want to be sure you place a bucket under the leak along with a “wet floor” sign in case the water spreads to a bigger area. Then you will want to get the leak fixed so you don’t have to worry about injuries.

Now that you know why a leaking roof is more serious than you may think, and why you should get it taken care of as soon as possible, let’s take a look at what you should do when you find a leak, the best steps to make sure the problem does not get too out of hand.

Protect The Interior

If you notice a leak in your ceiling, you will want to make sure it does not cause damage to anything else in your business. Move equipment, products, supplies, and anything else out of the way of the dripping water to ensure it does not get ruined. Things that can’t be moved should be covered in plastic to help protect them. You don’t want to pay for additional damages to the interior of your business because you didn’t protect your equipment and products, make sure you take care of the items inside your business before you do anything else.

You will also want to place a bucket under any leaks, collecting water and ensuring your business does not also suffer from water damage. This will help keep the water contained, the floors dry, and your equipment safe.

Mark The Leak

If you are in the middle of a rain storm and notice that your ceiling has a leak, mark it. It will be easier to take care of the problems if you know exactly where the leak is coming from. Once the storm ends and the leak dries up, you may have trouble remembering exactly where the leak was. Mark it with tape so you know where the leak is, even after the water dries.

Check For Other Leaks

While one leak does not necessarily mean you will have more, it is a good idea to check for others so they can all be repaired at the same time. Even the slightest sign of a leak can be enough to get it fixed and taken care of before it gets worse. Walk through your business and check for other leak spots or signs that there is a leak. Check in corners, in every room and area, and mark them as well. This will make it easier to remember exactly where the leaks are and ensure you get them all fixed in one go, saving you time and money.

Think Ahead

One great way to protect your business from leaks is to inspect your roofing regularly to make sure there are not problems that could create leaks. Pooling water, clogged drains, damaged flashing, membrane damage, and even the age of your roof can all make your roof more likely to develop a leak. Doing a check every so often can help make sure you know your roof is in good shape, or whether you need to call the professionals to fix the issue before it becomes worse and turns into a leak. If you are not sure what you are looking for, or you simply want to make sure your roof gets a good inspection, call Northeast Roofing Systems LLC. We offer free roof inspections and can help with any damages that we find, helping protect your roof and your business.

But if you have not worked ahead and end up with a leak in your roof, we can help with that as well. After marking the leaks throughout your business, contact Northeast Roofing Systems LLC. We can help to repair your roof, stop the leaks, and have your business running smoothly again. Schedule your free inspection today and get your roof leaks under control! Leaks can ruin your business, but we can help save your business by taking care of any leaks.