How to Avoid Springtime Roof Leaks

With spring on its way and snow melting, make sure your roof is ready for springtime with the simple tips below. Since spring is a common time for roof leaks, we curated a list of easy, quick inspection items to look for in order to avoid future expensive, preventable roof leaks. 

Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks:
Roofing Spring Cleaning Checklist

  1. Fix damage to roof membrane from contraction and expansion. Fluctuations in temperature causes the roof membrane/sealants to expand and contract from season to season. Over time, the membrane/sealants will crack and require service.

  2. Correct damages from third parties who cleared snow off the roof. During snow removal, your maintenance team may not be aware that they’re causing damage to the roof even if proper precautions are in place.

  3. Clean debris that has accumulated. Over the winter, debris will accumulate on your roof and requires to be removed (e.g. plastic bags, tree branches, etc.)

  4. Check to make sure that HVAC panels are closed. If the HVAC panels are not entirely closed/sealed, water has a point of entry and can eventually lead to leaks.

  5. Clean out build-up in the P-Traps. Many times when the A/C is turned on at the start of spring, building owners thing their roof is leaking when it is actually an HVAC issue. The HVAC will leak if the P-Trap is clogged. Learn how to determine if it is a roof leak or a HVAC issue here.

  6. Inspect roof for storm damage. No roof is completely exempt from storm damages, so it’s best to take precautionary measures and have your roof inspected after severe weather.

  7. Diagnose aesthetic vs. structural damage due to weight of snow and ice on a roof. Either scenario is not ideal for your roof, however, it’s important to diagnose these differences as some structural issues may lead to extensive repairs/replacement if left alone.

Written by

Tom Dawson
Director of Operations & Sales
(800) 507-3177 Ext. 201

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