There are several signs that a building’s flat roof may have a leak. Some signs are obvious, but others may appear to be unrelated.
Today we want to share these 5 signs that your flat roof is leaking, so you can detect the problem early, schedule an inspection and possibly avoid costly damages to your building. It is a good practice to get regular inspections of your Flat Roof to learn more in this article.
1. Drips and Puddles
One of the most obvious signs that your flat roof may have a leak is a puddle or dripping water in a previously dry area. In these cases, we recommend scheduling an inspection to locate the source of the water.
The longer the leak is left unfixed, the greater the risk of structural damage and injury to your business, people and equipment.
2. Indoor Damage
If you look notice the following signs of water damage on your building’s walls, floors or ceiling then you may be experiencing a flat roof leak.
- Water Marks
- Stains or discolouration
- Peeling paint or wallpaper on walls or ceiling
If you see any of these signs, and have ruled out pipe damage, then chances that the damage is being caused by a roof leak are high. These signs should not be ignored as they signal increased risk of costly damage, not only to your roof, but to the buildings structure, electrical wiring, and contents.
3. Exterior Damage
- Discolouration on side of building
- Peeling paint
- Consistent wet spots
If you notice any of these signs, it may be due to a flat roof leak. While indoor damage may be more noticeable and cause more alarm, outdoor damage should not be taken lightly. The longer you wait to locate the source of the leak and repair it, the more likely the damage will spread.
4. Environmental Changes
Even though you may not see puddles or other visible signs of water damage, a leak may still be present and affecting the health of its occupants. Trapped moisture creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow and spread. Exposure to mold and mildew can lead to respiratory issues and agitate allergies and asthma.
While these symptoms may be caused by a combination of other things, we recommend taking the steps to ensure there isn’t mold and mildew caused by a leak in your flat roof. A free roof inspection from Crown Industrial Roofing is an excellent way to determine what, if any issues you may have.
5. Electrical Shortages
You may not associate electrical shortages with a leaky roof, and although this is rare, it can happen. If your building is experiencing electrical shortages, and there are no known issues with your electrical wiring, a leak may be to blame.
A leaky roof affecting electrical wiring is always a dangerous safety hazard to you, your employees, and your customers. Both electrocution and fires can result from faulty or damaged wiring.
If you are experiencing or noticing any of these signs, don’t hesitate, pick up the phone and call Crown Industrial Roofing now for a free inspection. We’ll get experienced professional commercial and industrial roofers on your roof to assess and recommend the best way to proceed to keep your business safe and dry.