Many commercial business owners in Atlanta notice a stained ceiling tile or seemingly minor drip of water and assume it’s a problem with the roof. Whether you’re a commercial property manager, owner of the property, or business owner, even the smallest leak is cause for concern. Water is extremely damaging, and the problem will only get worse over time, which means it will be more costly to repair or replace. Still, the roof itself may not be to blame! Here are some of the most common leak sources.
Water leaks coming down the wall could mean deteriorated sealant at wall joints or cracks in the wall. Inspect the exterior walls of your building regularly, and look for any cracks or voids that may start appearing.
Plumbing at drain pipes or roof drains. Over time, plumbing seals experience wear and will deteriorate, which can result in what seems to be a roof leak, although the source is actually the roof drain or drain pipe. While it’s a good idea to have the area inspected by both a roofing and plumbing contractor, if it is a roof drain plumbing issue, repairs will be made by the plumbing contractor.
HVAC units are often the source of leaks on a commercial or industrial building. Often located on the roof, an HVAC unit may not be sealed properly, or a leak could be caused by a drip pan that has rusted out, or backed up condensate line. How do you know if it could be an issue with the heating and air unit? Determine the point where the leak is occurring inside the business, and whether it is in line with the location of the HVAC equipment on the roof. You’ll want to have an HVAC professional assess the situation and make any repairs to stop the leak.
These are a few of the most common sources of leaks that aren’t associated with actual roof issues, along with water entry along the foundation. While a roof can certainly develop a leak (especially if it’s older), seeing a drip, water stain, or water pooling on the floor doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a problem with the roof.
Since 1973, Kelco Roofing has been a trusted name in commercial roofing in Atlanta. Whether you need a commercial roof assessment, repair, maintenance, or a new roof installed, we are dedicated to exceptional results and your satisfaction. Contact us today!