Tag Archives: Scuppers

Roof Repairs: Gutters & Downspouts

When should I clean out my gutters?”

Clogged Gutter

Clogged Gutter

This is a question we get asked often and the answer is twice a year, spring & fall, or more often if you have large trees in your yard.  Organic debris falling onto your roof mixes with shingle granules and then goes straight into your gutter and downspouts.  Larger materials like leaves or twigs gather at the downspout opening and prevent the rainwater from following the correct path.  Instead water pours over the front edge of the gutter potentially damaging the foundation or flooding a basement.  Or water backs up under the shingles sending water pouring down the interior walls of your building.  Excessive moisture to soffits, fascia, and wood framing causes rot and causes them to no longer be structurally sound.  Leaving organic waste in your gutters for years causes decomposition and creates slime perfect for growing  small plants and trees.  These can cause additional problems due to weight and root damage.

Watch for reduced amounts of water exiting your downspouts, water overflowing the gutters or algee or small plants as indications of gutter problems.

If you choose the DIY route for your gutter cleaning, use proper safety precautions including ladder safety, gloves and eye protection and our checklist.

Checklist for Cleaning Gutters

Clear the downspout

Clear the downspout

  • Clean out the gunk– focus on clearing the downspouts and use the organic debris for your compost
  • Check the gutter supports – replace any missing or loose spikes with OMG FastenMaster & fasten through the fascia to the rafters.
  • Repair leaks – chisel off the old caulking & allow to dry. Use new bead silicon sealing to fill holes or seams.
  • Downspout fasteners – rivets can come loose or be gone completely. Use a rivet gun to re-secure the rivets.
  • Thoroughly clean gutters and downspouts – Flush with water to eliminate any lingering debris.

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

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.

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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