Detecting and preventing roof and building leaks

Roof and building leaks often start small and grow into more extensive damage. Here are some key techniques for detecting and preventing leaks to protect your commercial building from water damage.

Identifying vulnerable areas

Roof valleys are common areas where water can collect. Water can also penetrate the flashing around areas such as vent pipes and chimneys. Other areas of possible water penetration are windows, doors, and walls.

Detecting leaks early

After a heavy rain or storm that may cause damage, you can inspect your roof visually. Check your shingles or roofing material for any warping, blistering, or breakage signs. Look at your flashing and vent pipes for cracks or rusting.

It’s also a good idea to visually inspect during heavy rain. Spotting an active leak helps identify the source faster. If you find dripping water, you may need to remove ceiling tiles to get a clearer idea of where the leak is coming from. Try to trace the water’s path to find the leak’s interior origin. Often, you can match that with the damaged spot on the roof where the water is coming from.

You can also use technology to detect water leaks. Moisture meters measure the amount of water in a material. The higher the water content, the more resistance to electrical flow. You can run one along the ceiling walls and floors where you suspect leaks.

Thermal imaging shows the difference in an area’s temperature, making it an excellent solution for finding hidden leaks instead of breaking open walls or floors.

Implementing preventative measures

There are several ways to seal and waterproof a commercial building’s roof. Sealant tapes are available for small cracks or damage, and liquid rubber or silicone is often used to patch or cover a whole flat roof.

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your gutters and downspouts will also help prevent roof leaks.

When was the last time you had your commercial building’s roof inspected for potential water damage? Do you have a leak that needs repair right now? Contact JK Industries today for comprehensive commercial building services.