When I heard that the Indianapolis area received 1.5″ of rain this morning, I couldn’t believe it. That’s the most rain we have received in a single day since May. I’ve heard the saying about May Showers, but September Showers?
Then, I found out that total rainfall in South Bend was more than double what we got here in Central Indiana. Wow – more than 3 inches of rain in Northern parts of the state. Maintenance workers at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point had to affix a large tarp to the ceiling to catch rainwater leaking through a faulty roof drain on their flat-roofed building. A hose attached to the tarp carried the water to a garbage can set off to the side of the courtroom.
As reported by the Sun Times, a project manager consultant who oversees construction work at the complex said the problem is not just the roof drain, but also that the building’s 20-year-old roof membrane has reached its life expectancy and was due for a new roof replacement. He said he learned of the problem a few weeks ago.
This is not your typical shingled roof that we normally talk about – this is a commercial flat roof, so it’s a totally different animal. We certainly aren’t suggesting that you’d ever have a $150k repair bill. But the idea of taking preventative measures to make sure you don’t fall victim to a roofing disaster like this is the same across the board. A roof replacement project has now turned into disaster recovery, water damage restoration, and a roof replacement.
It looks like there’s a chance for a little bit more rain tomorrow, which then sets us up for a pretty nice looking weekend!