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Old 01-31-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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Wife has buisness with a tar flat roof,water from snow storm is making its way inside of rooms,hallways,kitchen ect. Roof is going to be replaced in spring,WHAT CAN WE DO NOW !! thanks

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Old 01-31-2010, 09:56 AM   #2
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she is in need of help come on guys!

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Old 01-31-2010, 10:48 AM   #3
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Most people would put a tarp or other covering over it until Spring
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how big is roof
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:23 AM   #5
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scuba- this is a 90 somthing room building,not incuding the offices,kitchen ect. She has made soft repairs with a company recently. if you mean putting a tarp down now, you still have snow/ice melting under the tarp.
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tpolk, Iam not sure, its L-shaped ,think motel with all there sq. ft. of 90 some rooms.i thoght of putting plactic on the inside attached to the ceiling,channelling all the water the center,then catch in containers by small hole in plastic?
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I think you might have to hire a crew and start shovelling.Looking at your weather forecast it's ALL going to be water in a couple of days.Is there a parking lot or pedestrian safe area to drop the snow to?
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if the leaks are located in certain areas i would have snow removed around roof penetrations and check for flashing problems. Some commercial roofing has its roof drains piped thru the ceilings to outside walls which can leak or become clogged at roof and lead to water build up in other areas. Get snow off first and if you have dropped ceilings you may be able to check underside in wet areas
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thanks guys, you dont know how much your iput helps!! the roof does have drainage collectors and we are looking at them now. getting the snow off is #1. my stupid idea of putting up a basket inside of plastic is nothing but a law suit ready to happen. again, thanks 4 ur help!!
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Flat roofing has a bad rap, not bcause a flat roof is bad but because any problems or installation mistakes WILL leak.

If I were the roofer involved in this project I would shovel the snow off the entire area where the leak is occuring. Then depending on the type of roof membrane is there cirrently would determine how I would patch it. Lucas makes a polymer elastomeric that bonds to nearly everything (pvc membranes require a primer first) and will stick to wet surfaces with proper tooling.

Further more check any scuppers, drains or gutters to make sure there is no blockages. After the roof surface has been shoveled inspect each and every seam, pipe, penetration and curb corner. These are the areas a flat roof would first leak in most cases.
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We had a building like this that leaked in a bad winter. It was actually a Walmart store. We never did the roof, but we were hired to remove the snow and ice. This is what you need to have done. Make sure you get someone qualified, licensed, and insured.

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