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December 20th, 2010 at 8:00 am

Roof Leaks – Major Concern for Businesses

When you think of roof leaks at a place of employment, you probably think of the most obvious signs of a leaking roof. We have all walked into a place of employment before, and noticed a 5 gallon bucket on the floor catching water from a leak in the ceiling. Well obviously a leak in an employee’s office would drive anybody nuts, and distract them from performing their job. The problems associated with a leaking roof are much more than the obvious signs of dripping water from the ceiling, and could seriously affect workers productivity in the workplace.

Your office could develop a serious mold problem due to roof leaks. Yes, mold problems can become very serious, to the point where it is harmful to your workers health. If you ever noticed the ugly dark stains on a buildings ceiling, ceiling tiles or walls this is mold. These mold stains are more than just an eye sore, for starters they produce musty odors. This will definitely decrease employee morale and productivity. Nobody wants to work in an environment that isn’t pleasant to the eyes, or one that constantly smells bad.

On a lighter note if you’re experiencing bad roof leaks, chances are your current roof system is sucking the energy right out of your building. Making it more difficult to heat and cool your building to the optimal comfort level. Employees will be less productive if they are uncomfortably cold or hot.
Mold can even cause people in your building to suffer from allergic reactions, such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and a sore throat. And in some cases people have actually developed severe chronic symptoms such as asthma. These allergic reactions will definitely leave your workers feeling less than 100% and could even cause them to miss days of work. Other symptoms of mold that could affect the production of workers include headaches, decreased attention span, difficulty in concentration, and dizziness. As you can see a roof leak is much more than meets the eye, and could be responsible for decreased productivity in many offices.

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