Dealing with clogged roof drains can be a major headache for industrial and commercial building owners. Debris, such as leaves, twigs, and garbage, can easily accumulate on the roof and clog the drains. Over time, clogged roof drains can cause damage to the roofing materials, as well as create potential hazards like water pooling and unwanted plant growth..
Why You Should Avoid Clogged Roof Drains
Clogged roof drains can lead to various problems, including:
- Deterioration of roofing materials, such as caulk, cement, and tar
- Seepage and pooling of water around HVAC components and chimneys
- Damage due to water seeping into cracks and crevices during freeze and thaw cycles
- Increased weight from water that strains the roof's structural supports
- Unwanted growth of plants, moss, and slime around roof decks and drains
- Dangerous ice patches on the roof
- A breeding ground for mosquitoes
How To Avoid Clogged Roof Drains
The easiest recommendation is to regularly clean and inspect your roof drains. At a minimum, an inspection should be done once per month. Clean the dome/cover and brush away any built-up material around it. Use a garden hose and force freshwater into the drain. Avoid using drain cleaner or harsh chemicals, it can eat into the pipes and cause a bigger problem.
Habitually clean debris and organic material that's on the roof deck. Especially after a large storm or extremely windy day. Tree branches, leaves, and other materials should be removed from the roof.
Use the right equipment. Drain domes come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Larger domes allow more debris, smaller domes are more restrictive. Bigger domes typically connect to larger piping, so it won't lead to notable clogging. If you notice constant clogging, you may be using the wrong equipment. If you need a replacement or help with a roof drainage system call the experts at Green Tech Plumbing. We can help you design, install or repair your roof drainage system.
Professional Plumbing Help for Clogged Roof Drains
Removing a roof drain clog can be difficult. Flooded roofs are slippery in the winter and can be just as dangerous in the summertime. Missteps in removing the clog could even cause other drains to flood. Worst of all, birds and animals won't hesitate to attack you if you get near their rooftop nest.
Save yourself the hassle and call the experts at Green Tech Plumbing. We are equipped with hydro jetters, rodding snakes and other mechanical equipment that can clear that clog quickly and painlessly. These tools are the most effective way to remove a stubborn roof drain clog. Contact us today to get started on your estimate.