So what can a building manager do in the middle of a long rainstorm with leaking roofs?
Call your roofing vendor and schedule an appointment. If they can't be there immediately you can greatly minimize the damage to your building by taking the following simple steps with your site maintenance staff:
1. Determine where the water is getting in and place a container (like a trash can or bucket) under it.
2. Allow water to flow through the ceiling, unobstructed if possible. If you have ceiling tiles, remove the wet ones and leave them out. If water is allowed to continue to flow into a ceiling tile during a sustained rainstorm, it will fall apart and fall onto whatever is below it.
3. If you have a drywall ceiling, poke a hole through to allow water to escape. The hole should be the size of a penny. If the ceiling begins to bow badly, portions of the drywall should be removed. If enough water permeates the drywall it will fall off the ceiling. 4. Roll back or remove any insulation present.
5. Watch out for electrical lines, light fixtures and junction boxes. If wet, turn off the breaker in the affected area.
6. Once things are under control you will want to remove any wet insulation or drywall to reduce the possibility of mold growth and costly mold remediation.
ARC Roofing does provide leak repair service for its clients, but we have found it helpful to teach your maintenance personnel how to administer emergency leak repairs to your roof. This free service can train your staff to respond quickly and lessen the cost and inconvenience to you and your clients. You may want to take advantage of this great, free service.
For a free roof evaluation, roof replacement or repair estimates, or to put your maintenance personnel through our free emergency leak repair training call John Sawaya of ARC Roofing at (619) 588-2000.
Submitted by ARC Roofing