3 Ways to Tell If Your Warehouse Roof Is Leaking
Your warehouse holds all your inventory, making it one of the most important parts of your supply chain. If something goes wrong with your inventory, say it's water damage from a leak, you can be out a lot of money. That's why you need to check your roof periodically to make sure that there aren't leaks. Here are some easy ways to do that.
Check the exterior walls: The first thing you can do to make sure that you don't have a leak is check out the exterior walls. Take a walk around and see what they look like. Signs that you have a leak can include rust-colored spots on the wall as well as mildewy looking streaks. They are signs that water is collecting in a specific area and then dripping down the walls.
Check the ceiling: Take a look at your ceiling. Are there any spots that are discolored? Water damage generally appears yellowish, but if you don't have a finished ceiling it can be hard to tell. You may need a closer look at your ceiling. If you have a lift, consider using it to inspect the wood. Safety first; make sure you are using a lift that is designed to hold people. Look for mildew, drips, or spots that are colored like rust. You may see actual rust depending on what the underside of your roof is made of.
Check the roof: Finally, it's time to take a look at your roof. You can climb up there and inspect it. One of the things that you are looking for is soft spots in your roof. That means that water has gotten under the covering and is starting to damage the substrate. Oddly enough, another sign that you have a leak is excessive pooling in one particular area. That seems counter-intuitive, since a leak would let water in, but not only can it be a sign of a leak, it can even be the cause of the leak. That ponding may be there because of inadequate drainage, which will eventually lead to a leak.
If you think you have found a spot where there is a leak or if you don't want to check everything out yourself, you can call a roofing contractor who specializes in commercial roofing, like one from Van Doorn Roofing Inc. They will be able to inspect everything for you, see if there any leaks, and tell you what needs to be done to fix them.