5 Common Ways Water Can Wreak Havoc
and How to Prevent It
- Ponding water – any water that doesn’t drain off in 48 hours can be a sign of a drainage problem. Ponding water can accelerate deterioration and shorten remaining useful life, not to mention attract insects, mold or vegetation; cause structural damage; and in many cases void a warranty.
What to do: Check for obvious signs of clogged drains and remove debris. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, contact a roofing provider asap to properly diagnose the cause.
- Wet insulation – energy losses caused by thermal resistance even from minor leaks can be as much as 70% (US Department of Energy). When insulation gets wet, it’s nearly impossible to dry, becoming a breeding ground for mold and insect infestation.
What to do: Wet insulation is typically unnoticed – be proactive with inspections and maintenance and identify sources of leaks early on.
- Moisture and mold – water from roof leaks can attract mold, bacteria, cockroaches and other insects that thrive on moisture, resulting in foul smells, poor indoor air quality, code violations, loss of heating and cooling efficiency and high cost to remediate.
What to do: When resolving mold- and insect-related issues, it is critical to identify, locate and repair the source of the leak to stop it from re-appearing.
- Snow melt – Freeze and thaw cycles and ice dams can severely damage a roof and cause drainage issues.
What to do: While there’s not much you can about the weather, make sure anyone accessing the roof for snow removal is a trained service technician with specialized equipment to prevent further damage. Always check for ponding water caused by compromised drainage.
- Consequential damage – the cost to repair a roof leak is minimal compared to the potential of consequential damage a roof leak can cause, including structural damage, compromised inventory and equipment, and slip-and-fall incidents for employees and customers.
What to do: Address roof leaks immediately – in almost all cases, even the smallest leak can lead to significant damage. Provide a temporary cover for any inventory or equipment that cannot be moved. Mark off the area, clean up the water as much as possible and post “wet floor” signage.