When you have water or moisture issues in your roof from a leak or other problems, it can put the rest of your building at risk of significant damage. It can also end up causing health problems for employees and customers. Learn more about the dangers of water intrusion, so you can keep your commercial roof protected.
How Does Water Intrusion Happen?
Your roof can develop a water or moisture problem when it has a leak. Keep in mind that leaks aren’t always easy to find, especially if they occur in areas that are not usually noticeable. Even minor leaks can do considerable damage to commercial buildings when they’re left untreated, especially over a long period. The constant exposure to moisture can weaken structures in your roof and building and encourage mold growth. This is why it’s important to have regular roof inspections done, which include checking for signs of leaks.
Mold and Mildew Growth
Mold and mildew thrive in moist conditions. If you have a leak that goes undetected for long periods of time, you can end up with a serious mold or mildew problem. Keep in mind that mold can pose a health risk to people in your building, especially if they have respiratory problems, such as asthma.
Leaks that occur near areas where wiring is located are considered a fire hazard. Water intrusion can also cause a fire hazard when it occurs near breaker boxes. This can create a serious and potentially life-threatening situation for those inside your building.
Increased Energy Usage
When insulation in your roof gets wet, it’s not able to work effectively. This means that your HVAC system has to work harder at cooling or heating your building, which results in wasted energy and higher bills.
Water can cause damage to your building’s interior by leaving spots and stains on ceilings, walls and other highly visible areas. It can also ruin lighting and cause significant damage to the plaster and paint on the walls.
Equipment and Inventory Damage
Water intrusion can damage electronic devices, IT equipment and several other pieces of inventory and equipment that you might have in your building. In some cases, the damage can be so severe that you have to get rid of these items and pay to replace them entirely.
When water and moisture affect certain components of your roof and building, they can weaken these areas over time. Wood structures are at high risk of damage, but other materials can be damaged as well. If enough damage occurs to rafters, framing and other components, your building could be in danger of severe structural damage, such as part of the roof falling in.
Don’t let water or moisture damage your building. Contact us at MG Roofing, Inc. today to schedule an inspection.