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Roof Repairs: Drains, Overflows & Scuppers

Our roof was holding water and now its leaking!”

Standing water on roof

Standing water on roof

Simple roof maintenance will prevent many of these problems on a majority of low-sloped roofs.

Getting water off the roof as quickly as possible is very important. Especially on a flat roof, because when drains are blocked water will pond on the roof. This increases the chance for a severe leak to occur.

Roof drain clogged with organic debris

Roof drain clogged with organic debris

It is important to have your drains cleaned at least 2 times per year. When your drains are blocked and after many heavy rain storms your roof will look like the first photo. If this amount of water finds a way into the building it is going to cause excessive damage to the interior.

Trash in the downspouts

Trash in the downspouts & scuppers

It is not uncommon for trash to end up on a roof. Kids love to throw there empty bottles on roof as they walk by. Occasionally these bottles make their way to your downspouts. This can result in a  waterfall along your building.

What to look for:

  • Standing water – if you have windows overlooking your roof, look out after a hard rain storm, water should be completely gone after 6-8 hours.  If not, use a ladder to access the roof and check after a rain storm.  Lingering water is an indication of problems and serves as a breading ground for mosquitoes.
  • Clear drainage – look at the second and third images: organic or trash can block water paths and cause standing water and damage.
  • Repair drains – visually inspect after the removal of debris and replace damaged drain baskets.  Caulk as necessary any damaged areas of
  • Thoroughly clean  – Flush with water to eliminate any lingering debris.

We offer drain, overflow and scupper cleaning and repair so you can keep your feet on the ground.  Call us today to have your roof inspected and gutters cleaned.

Leaking Roof: Step-by-Step Guide for Repairs

This morning you woke up after another strong storm blew through and you sense something is wrong. As you walk to get your first cup of coffee, you hear a drip. Entering your kitchen, you notice a puddle of water on the floor and your ceiling is wet. You have a roof leak. Don’t panic. This is a common occurrence and one that can be fixed.

So what do you do next?

Missing Shingles

When you walk around your building, missing shingles are a good indication of a problem.

  • You first need to contain the leak.
  • Dry the area and get some type of catch pan underneath the leak. This prevents further damage and gives you time to figure out your next move.
  • Go outside and  inspect your roof.
  • If this is your home, go ahead and take a walk around the house and see if you see anything unusual.  Blown off shingles or loose flashing around a chimney are good indications of the source of your leak.
  • If this is a business and you can’t get on the roof, that is understandable. Note where the leak is and be prepared to show our technicians the room that has water.

Is your roof under warranty?

If it is, you should have a copy of the warranty filed away. Most roof manufacturers require the owner to report the leak to directly to them first. The manufacturer then contacts the roofing contractor to come do the repair. This is an important step. Manufacturers are getting stricter on how they handle claims.

If your roof is not under warranty, or you are not sure, you can now move on to calling RD Herbert and Sons.

What should you expect when you call us?

Once we receive a leak call at the shop we will need some information from you. Prepare this prior to your call to make the process smoother.

  • your contact information
  • type and age of your roof
  • the leak locations
  • any restrictions on gaining access to the room where the leak occurred or to the roof.

We create a service ticket and add you into our rotation. We service the majority of our leaks on a first call, first serve basis. If you have an emergency, we will do our best expedite your ticket.

Where is the water coming from?

Metal apron flashing

The metal apron flashing between the siding & roof pulled away leaving raw wood exposed. This allows water into your home.

When people look up and there is a leak, the most common assumption is that the roof is the problem.  However, the exterior of a building composed of multiple different systems all tied in together to form your building envelope. In addition to the roof you have walls, windows, floors, and the flashings that tie them all together. Because of this it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint where a leak is coming from.

When we go to fix a leak we try to fix the most obvious things first. We fix the defects that we can see in and around the area of the leak. We do this to eliminate these areas as the source of the leak and to keep costs low to you. Most of the time, this solves your crisis and we are done. However, sometimes a leak is more complicated than it appears. It could be coming through brick, traveling from a defect 30 feet away, or even coming from a air conditioning unit. Because of this you need to be prepared to monitor that area the next couple times it rains. If it leaks again, we need to go into a more in depth investigation of your problem.

Ultimately we are here to help solve problems for our customers. Nothing makes us happier than a customer that is happy with our work. A roof leak can be a stressful situation. Make sure you follow the steps above and you will make it through just fine.

Product Spotlight: Carlisle Introduces One-Piece Hinged Target Sump

Carlisle Target Sump
Hinged Target Sump

“Carlisle’s Hinged Target Sump can be used to add additional slope at the drain on structurally sloped decks or to start a four-way tapered design. It is factory-fabricated to ensure consistency and is available in a variety of slopes and thicknesses ranging from ½-inch at the low point, to 4½ inches at the high point. The Hinged Target Sump is available with Carlisle’s standard fiber-reinforced or high-performance SecurShield® glass mat facers. Custom thicknesses are available for optimum drainage.

On the jobsite, the Hinged Target Sump provides savings in both labor and jobsite dumpster fees, resulting in more profitable installations. A series of concentric circles, printed on the facer, simplifies drain cutout and allows the installer the ability to cut the hole for the drain away from the drain. This helps to avoid potential scrap and debris from falling into the drain.”

Excerpt from Carlisle Marketing Announcement.

To learn more about this product, click the image below.

Hinged Target Sump Product Data Sheet
Hinged Target Sump Product Data Sheet

RD Herbert is affiliated with Carlisle Syntec as an Authorized Applicator of their products but receives no direct compensation for this post.

RDH News: New Personnel

 

Matt Bogosian

Matt Bogosian: Maintenance Division Manager

Matt Bogosian,

Maintenance Division Manager

At The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Matt earned a degree in Economics and a Minor in Business Administration.  Matt manages the maintenance division for RD Herbert and Sons. He has extensive training in leak detection, preventative maintenance, roof analysis, and customer service. Matt’s experience in the construction and building products industry totals 10 years with an emphasis on roofing, coatings, and building envelope solutions.  Daily job duties include estimating repairs, scheduling the repair technicians, customer relations, and obtaining new clients for the company.

The Maintenance Division’s goal is to provide the best experience for RD Herbert customers as possible. When someone calls the maintenance department they usually have a problem. The maintenance department’s goal is to provide a solution that fits the customer’s needs. While fixing leaks is our main job, we believe in Preventative Maintenance. PM is the single best way to extend a roofs life cycle.

Feel free to contact him:

Matt Bogosian: 615-394-1369

Matt Bogosian Card

Featured on Sky Gardens

Westview Condos was featured as the Green Project of the week on Sky Gardens, the blog site of Greenroofs.com. Additional photos of the green roof, highlighting the four seating areas, are displayed also. As noted on the blog, this rooftop garden is available for occasional viewing by appointment only.  Click on link to see a complete case study on RD Herbert’s Website or visit Greenroofs.com for additional information.

The Westview Condominium Greenroof

The Westview Condominium Greenroof

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