When you spot the first signs of a roof leak the most important thing you can do is act.

We know that building owners and managers have a lot of other responsibilities, and while other issues in a commercial building can be put off for a while, roofing issues need to be addressed immediately especially roof leaks.

Here are some things that can happen if you do not act immediately:

Interior and Structural Damage

Leaks can cause severe water damage if they are not handled quickly. Water can leak into internal ceilings and walls causing water stains. This can also damage insulation and drywall. If interior or structural damage occurs, this will significantly increase the amount of money and time needed when you do finally decide to fix your leak.

Increased Utility Bill

If water gets into your building and damages the insulation, this will affect how well your building is able to stay warm or cool. This will result in heating and cooling systems having to work harder. If you notice a significant increase in your utility bill this may be a sign you have a roof leak.

Safety Issues

As the building owner or manager, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone in your building. Leaks can lead to large puddles of water on the floor which will create slipping hazards. Additionally, water can cause electrical problems and even lead to fires. Water will also damage equipment, this will not only cost you money in repairs and replacements but can also be dangerous to those who use or are around the damaged equipment.

Health Problems 

Roof leaks can lead to the growth of mold and mildew which can cause health issues for those in the building. Mold can travel through air ducts and be distributed throughout the building. You will not only have to pay to fix the leak, but also everything that has been exposed to the mold.


As a building owner or manager, you may think that ignoring a small leak will save you time and money. This may be true for a short amount of time, but with all ignored roof leaks, it will lead to larger problems and spending more money. The best way to maintain your property and protect the equipment and people inside your building is to call a roofing professional as soon as you see signs of a leak.