“Our roof was holding water and now its leaking!”
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.
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.
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.