Roof leaks are a common annoyance for business owners. As soon as you see the signs of one (like discolored or damp walls and ceilings), the first step to take is to try to find the source of the leak. If it turns out to be something easy to fix, you can sometimes tackle the repair yourself.

  1. Around the chimney. The flashing around the chimney is a prime source of leaks. Flashing covers up a fairly large gap between the chimney and the roof, and it tends to pull away from the brick over time or rust. This is generally pretty easy to spot, so you’ll be able tell quickly if that’s where your leak originates.
  2. Problem shingles. The shingles on your roof can get damaged when they’re very old or when there’s been a big storm. When water gets past the shingles, it can seep into the underlayment and sheathing, which can then cause leaks inside the facility. Look for signs like loose granules, curling or buckling shingles, or obvious missing spots.
  3. Gutters. Has it been a while since you’ve cleaned out the gutters? When they’re clogged or damaged, standing water can back up and cause leaks. The water can also freeze in the gutter and cause a multitude of other problems, so it’s very important to clean out your gutters regularly even if you don’t suspect leaks.