One of the most common reasons our team is called out for consultation is because a recently repaired roof is still leaking. These situations most often involve previous repair work completed in an over paced and unprofessional manner. Here are the most common reasons that recently repaired roofs still have leak issues. Number six might surprise you!
The most common cause of a continued leak problem is the result of misdiagnosing the location(s) of the leak. An original misdiagnosis results in insufficient repairs that do not address the extent of the problem. Parsons Roofing employs the newest industry technologies which allow our team to correctly assess leak locations the first time around. Our processes save our customers time and money because of our experience and quality work ethic.
Because commercial roof leaks are difficult to identify, our team uses infrared scanning to accurately locate internal areas that have been exposed to moisture. By flying a drone equipped with an infrared camera, we can identify these saturated areas through infrared scanning. This method is standard practice from Parsons, and it allows us to make accurate decisions regarding our suggested course of action.
Improper Materials Were Used
In many cases, inexperienced crews contracted to repair leaks cut corners by using materials that are cheaper. Often we see tar purchased from home improvement stores used on projects for which it is not a viable solution. Tar, in particular, wears down quickly in the sunlight and rarely works for the long term. This method may save money upfront but ultimately costs the customer down the road when the same problem persists.
The Problem Is Not On The Roof
A proper inspection should consist of surveying all possible locations that a leak could be originating from. These origins can include pipes above the ceiling, A/C lines, sprinkler systems, and even from exterior walls of the building. We are called out to inspect “roof leaks” quite often when the real problem isn’t roof related.
Water Always Finds a Way
Sometimes, when a leak has been repaired on a roof, the specific area that was fixed will divert water away from it rather than allowing moisture to seep in. The water travels in a new direction and can exploit other problematic areas. The best way to solve this is to have a full roof inspection performed to determine all of the possible leaking areas. If all problem areas are addressed, there will rarely be leaks after repair.
Settling Of The Building
As buildings age, their foundation can shift. This movement is known as settling. As older buildings begin to settle, the movement causes previous repair work to open up or crack. Though there is no practical measure to reduce the settling of a building, installing a roof maintenance plan can help identify these types of situations proactively.
It may sound crazy, but a common cause of leaks in buildings is the result of guns fired into the air! Though we cannot prevent that from happening, we have become well versed in repairing damage caused by desk pops, misfires, and unique forms of celebration. We’ve got the pictures to prove it!
The reality is that these types of causes are prevalent in the industry. The best option a customer has is to choose a company that will work diligently and efficiently to ensure they are receiving ultimate service standards. If you have experienced continuous issues with leaks, contact our team today for a free consultation. Our team of experts will provide you with quality service, backed by industry leading warranty protection.