A leak in your roof can easily cost you thousands of dollars, and an immeasurable amount of stress. What some business owners fail to remember is that many commercial roofing leaks are preventable or—at the least—easy to detect before they become a significant problem. Learn how you can spot a leak on your roof before it becomes a more severe issue.

Flashing Damage

Flashing is a tool that is intended to protect your roof from water damage. It's not necessarily a result of water damage. However, if your flashing is severely damaged, it's highly likely that you also have roof damage that already has, or will very soon, result in a leak. 

For example, if the flashing is damaged, water will start to pool on top of the roof. The pooling water will eventually begin to seep through your roof and result in a leak. Make sure you have your flashing inspected periodically to ensure it's in great condition. 

Ceiling Stains

One of the first places you should look for signs of a roof leak is the ceiling inside your building. Dark spots on the ceiling area is often a sign of water discoloration.  If you notice these issues in your building, you have a chance to resolve the problem quickly.

If the ceiling itself is not damaged, then more than likely the water has not been leaking for very long. You still have an opportunity to locate the source of the leak and resolve the issue. If the leak is near a wall, you might also notice the discoloration on the parallel wall.

Mold Growth

The water that leaks from a roof often settles in dark spaces, such as behind the walls. A dark environment and moisture most often lead to mold growth. If you notice signs of mold damage around the ceiling or on the walls, you may have a roof leak. Mold isn't just unsightly. 

Mold is also a health hazard, and if you allow your employees to keep working in the environment without acting to correct the problem, you could face repercussions. Even if you don't see mold, but detect an unexplained mildew smell, you should look around because there is likely mold someplace that you don't see. 

Recognize a red flag in your building? Act fast. Make it a point to contact a commercial roof professional right away for help. A contractor will inspect your roof and help you repair the problem as soon as possible.