Dangers of Commercial Roof Leaks
If your commercial or industrial roof springs a leak, you might have to spring for a replacement – as well as significant property repairs. It’s important to prevent roof leaks before they occur if you want to avoid dangerous safety hazards and expensive property damage. Maintaining, inspecting, and investing in periodic repairs for your commercial or industrial roof can save your establishment from the following serious risks from commercial roof leaks:
Mold and Mildew Growth
A roof leak allows water and moisture to infiltrate your building and get trapped in the materials of your roofing system. Over time, this can lead to dangerous mold and mildew growth. When employees breathe in mold spores from a leaky roof, they can contract serious illnesses and symptoms such as respiratory problems, runny or stuffy nose, and itchy eyes. This results in sick employees and workers’ compensation claims, as well as costly mold eradication services.
Slip and Fall Accidents
If a puddle forms under an industrial roof leak, your workers might suffer harmful slip and fall accidents. As the owner of the property and the employer, you could be liable for the employees’ slip and fall injury. It’s your duty to prevent slip and fall accidents by properly maintaining your building’s roof and repairing leaks as soon as you notice them.
Equipment and Inventory Damage
Commercial or industrial building roof leaks come with an expensive and possibly dangerous hazard: moisture compromising the integrity of inventory and equipment. If water made its way into electrical systems and components, the risk of short circuiting and electrocution hazards increases, while water damaged inventory could additionally cost thousands to replace. Regular roof maintenance can be much cheaper than equipment repairs.
You might not relate a roof leak with a fire hazard, but water can spark a flame if it drips into electrical wiring or breaker boxes. Electrical fires in industrial settings can be deadly, even causing some sensitive electrical equipment to explode. Preventing a commercial roof leak with regular maintenance could prevent major building fires and save lives.
Although not as dire as other potential risks of an industrial roof leak, wasted energy can pose a significant financial problem for your business. If your roof is letting inside air out and outside air in, then you’re losing money on heating, cooling, and other environmental control costs. Depending on the nature of your business, contamination from outside air could also compromise operations.
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Avoid these five potential risks by keeping up with commercial and industrial roofing system maintenance. Technique Roofing Systems can help. Contact us to schedule a roof inspection in Ohio today.