How to Prioritize Commercial Storm Repairs

October 12, 2017

How to Prioritize Commercial Storm Repairs

After a major storm passes, any commercial building manager will think of the roof first. The roof protects everything beneath it: equipment, inventory, records, supplies and more. If the roof fails, the business may fail. How should your facilities crew prioritize storm repairs? Which repairs can your crew handle, and which are the domain of your trusted Dallas roofing contractor?

Safety First

Your first priority is to ensure the building and your workers are safe. Even low-slope roofs can be treacherous. Avoid working in unfavorable lighting conditions (at night, without power or when the storm is active). Use safety harnesses for anyone working on the roof, and clearly delineate the roof edges.

If the storm was violent enough, be aware that live wires could be loose on the roof. If that is even a possibility, the first call is to your local power company. Your second is to your Dallas roofing contractor. A storm severe enough to tear up power lines is also likely to have caused serious roof damage.

As soon as possible, make a thorough inspection, so you can quickly inform your roofer of any issues.

Leaks Second

Any rooftop spot that is leaking is your immediate priority. By contacting your local, Dallas roofing contractor early, you may be first in line for help with leaks. The experts at Facilities Net advise an inspection that breaks down like this:

  • Note obvious signs of leaks
  • Ignore small scrapes and gouges
  • Ensure flashing is secure since loose flashing will lead to leaks

Listen, Hear

As your crew initially inspects the roof, they should listen for crunching sounds, indicating the storm caused wind uplift and the roof is settling. Mechanical fasteners can dislodge, holes can be distorted, and leaks can develop.

Another signal is odd distribution of ballast, which could indicate the roof vibrated and resettled, jarring ballast into small piles, unevenly distributed, says Facilities Net.

Water, Water Everywhere

The third priority, if the roof is safe to navigate, is to rid the low-slope roof of all water. Clear drains and scuppers; lift off debris (avoid scraping the ballast or membrane) for removal. The longer standing water sits, the more compressed your roof insulation will be. Compressions lead to depressions , which lead to ponding.

By enlisting aid from Accord Construction immediately following a severe storm, your business can bounce back fast. Contact us today to learn what we have to offer you.


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