The Importance of Drain & Gutter Maintenance for Flat Roofs

Water shedding is the main function for a roof to work properly. One of the most common areas where flat roofs fail is around the drains and or gutters. Pooling, also known as ponding water, is a common problem due to lack of drainage, blocked drains, or insufficient sloping. Ultimately, it can deteriorate a roof and leave it vulnerable to leaking and loss of structural integrity.

The first thing I look for when I inspect a flat roof is the type of drainage system that is installed. Time and time again I have been chasing down a leak and the first thing I see is trash and debris clogging the drain for water not to flow down off properly.

EXAMPLES OF POOR DRAINAGE

Maintaining Drains & Gutters

In addition to the usual cleaning that is required of drains & gutters, these maintenance tips should be conducted at least every six months—more so if there are trees that hang over the roof.

                * Remove debris from roof as well as gutters and keep tree branches trimmed.

                * Spring and fall are usually the recommended times for cleaning.

                * Ensure gutters are doing their job, have no leaks and are properly secured.

                * Check that water is flowing as designed.

                * Inspect the roof & drainage system after a storm.

It’s important to be proactive and stop problems before they arise, saving time and money. Our commercial maintenance program, RoofCare, is a perfect solution to insure proper drainage.

Nicholas Howell

Nick was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from Maize High School. Nick attended Wichita State University and Wyotech in Laramie, Wyoming.

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