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Gutters draining slowly? You might have a stormwater blockage!

What comes to mind when you think of roof plumbing problems?

Odds are you think of things like:

  • Gutter leaks
  • Drooping gutters
  • Rust and decay
  • Blocked downspouts

(And that’s if you think of them at all to begin with – as our roof plumbers in Melbourne have said time and time again, roof plumbing is one part of your roof health that often gets overlooked!)

One part of your roof plumbing system that often gets overlooked is your stormwater drainage.

After all, your roof plumbing is designed to channel stormwater off your roof – if your drains are blocked, it’ll only be doing half of its job!

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Slow-clearing drains? The importance of drains in your roof plumbing, and why blockages are such a big deal

Your drains are one of those things where if they’re working fine, you’ll never realise they’re working at all.

So naturally, the moment you realise something’s off, you’ve already got a problem on your hands!

Good roof plumbing is all about protecting your home from water damage by channeling stormwater off your roof and into the right drainage spot.

It doesn’t end there, however – all of that water needs to go somewhere! Specifically, it needs to go to a stormwater drain, otherwise it might end up flooding your garden or seeping into the foundations of your home.

Just follow the downspouts in your home and you might notice that they’re all either connected to a drain or they end right above one.

This channels any rainwater that hits your roof directly into the local stormwater drain and eliminates the risk of flooding and other issues.

Naturally, a blocked drain, drain pit or downpipes can ruin this carefully constructed system.

The usual suspects: what’s behind the blockage?

How debris blocks your drains

Most of the time, your downpipes and gutters will have filters to stop debris like leaves, twigs and more from getting into your drain and causing a blockage. After all, it’s much easier to clear out a blockage there than in the drain.

Unfortunately, these filters aren’t infallible – over time, enough debris can make it through causing a blockage.

All too many homeowners simply forget to check these drains, causing debris to consolidate in your drains over time, resulting in a blockage.

Shoddy installation or dodgy repairs

Sometimes, your drain is blocked not because of neglect or inattention but because of a dodgy metal roof installation or roof repair!

Our roof plumbers in Melbourne have attended many homes where contractors have cut corners when installing or repairing your roof plumbing, resulting in an incorrect connection.

Maybe it’s a filter that isn’t properly installed, or an improper connection that lets dirt and roots in.

Either way, the result is the same: a slow drainage and even a complete blockage.

Tree roots

Is your drain located near a garden bed? If so, that could be a problem.

That’s because roots are one of the biggest risks to your pipes, including those used in your drainage system.

Roots love water – they’re biologically hardwired to seek it out. And guess what carries a lot of water? You guessed it: your pipes and drains.

Oftentimes, a small leak can result in roots forcing their way into your drainage pipes until the entire thing is blocked.

And when that happens, the only way to fix it is to excavate the pipe in question, replace it with a new one and cut the roots to stop them from expanding further – something that can be a lot of work!

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What happens when your drain is blocked?

Your roof plumbing is more than just guttering – it’s a whole system made up of several different parts, all of which work together to protect your home from water damage and channel stormwater into the proper drainage area.

Simply put, your roof plumbing won’t be able to do its job if one part of the individual parts aren’t up to scratch.

While we’ve talked a lot about what can happen if your gutters and downspouts have issues, a problem with your drains can be just as bad, if not worse!

Rainwater backs up

If there’s a blockage in your drain, all that stormwater isn’t going to drain properly.

Is your home one of the ones where your downspout is directly connected to your drain? This can lead to all the water build up over time until it reaches the point where it’s so backed up that even your gutters themselves are overflowing.

And that in turn can transform your gutters turning into a mini waterfall every time it rains!

Not only that, but it means that water might work its way into your sidings, causing water damage there.


Not all homes have their downpipes connected directly to their drains. In many cases, both are separated, with the bottom of the downpipe opening directly above a storm drain.

The good news is that you won’t need to worry about the water backing up – unfortunately, you have another, worse problem to contend with: flooding.

When your drains are blocked, the water can overflow and spill out, creating a lake in your backyard.

Not only does this create an obstacle when you step outside, but it also means that water can seep into your foundations and cause all sorts of damage.

More than just metal roof installation – how our roof plumbers in Melbourne help fix drainage issues

Roof plumbing isn’t just about your gutters and downspouts. It also involves maintaining your drainage system – something that has heavy overlap with “traditional” plumbing.

Luckily for you, our roof plumbers in Melbourne do both!

In addition to installing a new metal roof and looking after your gutters and downspouts, our roof plumbing specialists can look after the entirety of your roofing system, from the gutters, to the roof itself, to the way it’s sealed and more.

If you have a metal roof, we’re the team to call. Quality materials, fantastic workmanship and years of experience mean that we’re able to give your roof the care and attention it deserves.

All you have to do is give us a call!

Get in touch with our metal roofing team today on 1300 576 075, or click here to get in touch online.

You can also visit us for roof plumbing and guttering in Melbourne: pop into our headquarters at 9/22 George St Sandringham, VIC 3191, if you prefer a more hands-on approach.

2022-05-25T09:14:54+00:00 November 11th, 2020|Gutter repairs, Roof Plumbing|

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