When it comes to roofing jobs like metal roof installations, most think about materials, insulation, cost, and timeline. Very few however, think about roof plumbing. In fact, you mightn’t even know what exactly it is.
What is roof plumbing, and what role does it play in your home? Let’s find out!
What exactly is roof plumbing?
Your roof takes the brunt of nature’s abuse for you, keeping you dry and comfortable in your own home – just think about how much rain your roof repels for you over the course of a single year!
Essentially, all work that involves protecting your roof from water damage falls under roof plumbing, including:
- Gutter and spout installation and maintenance
- Stormwater downpipes
- Roof flashing and coverings
- Rainwater tank connection and installation
Roof plumbing is one of the most important considerations in any roofing project, metal or otherwise.
Roof plumbing problems can result in water seeping into your ceiling or sitting in your gutters, potentially causing severe internal and structural damage, as well as drainage problems.
Needless to say, this can lead to some pretty significant problems!
Problems resulting from poor roof plumbing
Stained ceilings and damp patches
You’re at home, unwinding after a day at work.
You look up and you notice a stain on the ceiling. Weird… that stain wasn’t there before. It seems to have popped up out of nowhere.
In most cases, these sorts of stains and patches are a direct result of internal water damage.
If water doesn’t drain off your roof, it can leak into the crawl space above your ceiling and build up over time, eventually making its way into your ceiling.
Over time, this damages the plaster in your ceiling, leading to those distinctive marks.
In the worst-case scenario, your ceiling might actually start sag as well! If this describes your situation, get professional help immediately. Sagging ceilings are a major structural risk – so call an expert today!
Older and damaged roofing materials like tiles are most susceptible to internal water damage: more nooks and crannies simply present more opportunities for water and moisture to make its way from outside your home to the inside.
Mould and mildew
Mould needs two important factors to grow: moisture and darkness.
And guess what your ceiling has in abundance?
Not only is mould unsightly, but in some cases it can be extremely unhealthy, too!
For those with asthma and other respiratory conditions, mould can even be potentially life-threatening.
Effective roof plumbing like flashing to cover gaps, as well as clean and well-maintained gutters and spouts for drainage are the first lines of defence against mould growth taking a foothold in your ceiling.
Most homeowners put little thought into their gutters – at least, until things go horribly wrong.
No matter the cause of damaged or blocked gutters, the result is often the same: water builds up in your gutters and doesn’t drain from your roof the way it ought to.
When this happens, you could be left with mould growth and/or water damage to your walls, ceilings and fixtures.
That’s why we recommend getting your gutters cleaned and inspected at least once a year.
And if your gutters are damaged, cracked, or hanging off the side of the roof, new gutter installation is your best choice.
Do you know the signs to look out for that signal you might need your gutters cleaned or replaced? Find out here!
Significant structural damage can result from water seeping where it shouldn’t – into the wooden foundations of your home.
Stagnant water leads to weakened and rotting wood, compromising its structural strength and the integrity and safety of your home.
Need a roof plumber in Melbourne?
When searching for a roof plumber in Melbourne, it’s critical you choose a team with experience, knowledge, and skills.
This way, they will not only identify any roof plumbing issues and create the right solution to solve them, but they’ll also prevent them from happening again.
Watermaster Roofing’s team of roofing professionals are ready to extend their service and knowledge to homes and businesses across Melbourne’s Bayside and south-east regions.
Chat with a pro: call Watermaster Roofing today!
To learn more about your roof plumbing or to arrange an obligation-free inspection of your problematic roof plumbing, call our team today on 1300 156 650.
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