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Common Locations for Roof Leaks

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Common Locations for Roof Leaks if you have mold damage call SERVPRO of Asheville West

If the top floor of your commercial building in Enka, NC, has water damage on the ceiling, the most likely cause is a leaking roof. It's important to locate the source of the leak and get it fixed so that you don’t end up with a black mold problem. Mold can start to grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage has occurred, so time is of the essence when it comes to taking care of this issue. Check the following areas of your roof for leaks so that you can fix it quickly.

Substrate

The substrate is the base part of the roof to which other materials are applied. Substrate boards serve several purposes:

  • Support insulation
  • Hold waterproofing materials
  • Improve fire resistance

This layer is the main barrier between the outside of your building and the attic. If the substrate boards are damaged, you are likely to experience a ceiling leak the next time it rains.

Shingles

A damaged shingle can let in unwanted moisture that may eventually result in black mold. If your shingles are broken, everything underneath them is at risk. Wet or moldy insulation is ineffective and will need to be replaced. Finding the problem early can significantly reduce the likelihood of mold as well as the cost of the water or mold remediation services.

Joints

The third place you may find a roof leak is where two different parts of the roof meet. Anywhere there is a joint, there is the opportunity for a weak spot. Having your roof inspected regularly can tell you if you need more caulk or need to replace the flashing in the joints on your roof.

Any time you see water damage on your ceiling, particularly on the top floor, you may have a small window of time to mitigate before black mold starts to grow. To protect your building from secondary damage, call remediation experts as soon as you notice the problem.

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