Several factors can cause a leak in your commercial roof from poor drainage to damaged flashing, and more. No matter what the cause, taking quick action is necessary to prevent the damage from becoming severe. What else should you do when your commercial roof leaks? Here’s a closer look.
1. Find the source
The first steps you should take when dealing with a leaking commercial roof are to 1) assess the damage, and 2) pinpoint the leak’s source.
Check carefully for many leak sources, while also trying to determine their origin. That may mean examining your roof from the ground if possible. You should also check gutters, drains, and downspouts to see if they’re clogged.
There are also a variety of other reasons why your commercial flat roof is leaking. Pooling water, a damaged roofing membrane, or the age of the roof may all cause leaks.
2. Clear the area
After determining the extent of damage and finding the leak source, clear the area. Move anything vulnerable to water damage out of the way. This includes desks, furniture, electronics, and wall hangings. You can protect the floor with a tarp or plastic sheeting.
3. Make the right calls
After your space is protected, call your roofer and insurance agency as soon as possible.
Your insurance agent will discuss what your policy covers and the deductible. Policies often cover roof water damage. Even more so if the cause of the damage was from a natural event such as high wind or a severe storm. If water damage is extensive, it’s worth your while to start a claim.
You need a trusted, dependable roofer when water damage occurs. A professional roofing contractor will assess the problem and pinpoint the causes of your leaks. Then he can develop a plan of action for repairing the damage. You should also find out if your roof is under warranty.
4. Develop a maintenance plan
Regular maintenance performed by a knowledgeable roofing professional can help prevent water damage from happening. It can even lessen the effects if it does happen. A consistent maintenance program is essential for getting the best life from your commercial roof.
Give Vanguard Roofing a call when your roof develops leaks. Our trustworthy team of professionals will fix the problem. We can also set up a maintenance program to help your roof last longer.