Often, when the business or building owners think about their roofs, they don’t give much thought to the drains. After all, as long as the water is draining off of the roof and not causing any leaks, what’s the big deal? Unfortunately, ignoring your roof drains can lead to some serious problems down the line.
Here are 4 Reasons Why It’s Important to Keep Your Drains Clear and in Good Working Order:
- Clogged roof drains can cause water to back up onto the roof, leading to leaks and other damage.
- Clogs can also cause water to pond on the roof, which can lead to premature aging of the roof membrane and even collapse.
- In cold weather, clogged roof drains can cause ice dams to form, which can lead to even more leaks and damage.
- Debris in roof drains can also attract rodents and other pests, which can cause further damage to the roof and create health and safety hazards for occupants of the building.
Case Study: The Importance of Keeping Your Drains Clear
If drains are not maintained, water will accumulate on the roof. Each inch of water buildup adds approximately 5lbs per square foot of extra weight. This could damage the roof membrane and potentially cause catastrophic damage or be dangerous for occupants if the roof were to collapse.
A few years ago, we were called out to a commercial building that was experiencing leaks. Upon inspection, we found that the drains were clogged, and water was backing up onto the roof. We cleared the drains and repaired the leaks, but the damage had already been done. The leaks had caused mold and mildew to form on the ceiling, which led to health problems for the occupants of the building. In addition, the weight of the water on the roof had caused some of the rafters to collapse, which could have resulted in serious injury or even death if it had happened while someone was in the building.
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. The building owner heeded our warning and has been diligent about keeping the drains clear ever since. However, it serves as a reminder of how important it is to maintain your roof drains and keep them in good working order. Don’t wait until there’s a problem to take action – by then, it may be too late.
How Commercial Maintenance Plan Can Prevent Damage to Your Roof
When it comes to keeping your roof drains clear, prevention is the best medicine. That’s why we recommend that all commercial building owners have a maintenance plan in place. A good maintenance plan will include regular inspections of the roof and drains, as well as prompt cleaning and repair of any clogs or damage that is found. By taking proactive action, you can avoid the costly repairs and expensive downtime that can result from neglecting your roof drains.
If you don’t already have a maintenance plan in place for your commercial roof, now is the time to get one.
At Eskola Commercial Roofing Company, our maintenance plan “Shield “ includes regularly scheduled inspections and cleaning of all roof drain. We also provide emergency services 24/7 so that you can rest assured knowing that we’re always here to help if you have a roofing problem. Contact us today to learn more about our maintenance plans and how we can help keep your roof in top condition.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Drain Maintenance Schedule
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a maintenance schedule for your roof drains. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the type of roof you have, the climate in which you live, and the amount of traffic on your roof. For example, if you live in an area with a lot of trees, you may need to clean your drains more often than someone who doesn’t have that problem. In addition, if your roof is used for storage or other purposes that result in a lot of foot traffic, that will also increase the frequency with which you need to clean your drains.
At a minimum, you should have your roof drains cleaned once a year. However, you may need to do it more often depending on the factors mentioned above. The best way to determine the right maintenance schedule for your roof drains is to consult with a professional roofing contractor. They will be able to assess your individual needs and recommend a schedule that’s right for you.
“Don’t let a clogged drain ruin your business!”
If you have any questions about commercial roof drain maintenance or would like to schedule a consultation, please call our roofers today. We’ll clear away any clogs quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to business as usual.
Quick Walkthrough of Our 4 Step Drain Cleaning Process
- Before we begin, we clean up the surrounding area
- We start by using a high-powered vacuum to remove any debris that’s blocking the drain.
- Next, we use a specialized cleaning tool to break up any remaining clogs and ensure that the drain is clear.
- Finally, we flush the drain with water to remove any residual debris and ensure it flows freely.
This process is quick, effective, and safe for your roof. We can have your drains cleared in less than an hour in most cases. And because we use state-of-the-art equipment, you can be sure that your drains will be thoroughly cleaned and free of any clogs.
If you’re ready to get started, contact us today to schedule a drain cleaning appointment. We’ll have your drains flowing freely in no time!