Where Roof Leaks Happen And How To Deal With Them
When your office space ceiling starts to show water stains, it’s an indication that you might have a leaky roof on your hands. It’s time to do some roof repairs. You’ll have to first follow the path of the stains and find the source of the leak. That is the challenging part. Fixing the leaks, however, are not so challenging.
When leaks start to happen, it’s easy to ignore them and think maybe later you can fix it. But if left for a while, those little leaks can become big leaks and can cause major damage that will mean not just fixing your roof but your whole office space. You see, leaks let water and moisture in and along with those, mould and other harmful bacteria can take root in the walls and insulation without you seeing it. When those are left to themselves, they can thrive in those enclosed spaces and can become air borne which then leads to you and your office staff breathing those harmful things in.
When looking for leaks, inspect your roof thoroughly. Signs can be cracked or missing shingles, rotted wood, or different-coloured roofing paper underneath the shingles. Usually water gets in around things that have been put into the roof like vents, chimneys, or pipes for plumbing. If you’re looking for the leak from inside the roof, a good indication of leak spots are water marks or rings or mould around areas where water have come in. If you can’t find the leak in good weather, wait for it to rain or make your own rain by using a water hose to spray water on your office roof for several minutes until another person sees the leak coming in an area of the roof inside your office.
When it’s the area around plastic plumbing vents that are leaking, it is usually because there are cracks in the plastic or in the metal seams of the base of it. The rubber around the pipe may have also disintegrated over time and have allowed water in. Replace those and then you’ll be leak free.
Another common area where leaks can happen are around roof ventilation pipes. Silicone around it can help but that is only a temporary solution. If the vent is damaged, replace that. Use rubber washered screws to seal the holes the screws are in at the base of the vent.
The place where the chimneys and the roof meet can be another place where leaks often occur. This may be due to the flashing around the chimney not doing its job because its rusted. The most effective way to fix this is to put in new flashing.