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What’s Roof Plumbing and Will I Ever Need It?

Rosella perched on a roof's gutter

So, your ceiling has sprung a leak. Who do you call?! The good news is roof plumbing is still something your local Jim’s Plumbing expert can handle, however, it is slightly different from the regular bathroom or kitchen plumbing.

When there’s a leak in the roof the problem can usually involve damaged roof materials or blocked gutters. A burst pipe is less likely since there’s a smaller chance of your home actually having pipes in the ceiling. But when you do notice signs of mould or damp, or can clearly see the gutters need attention, you definitely need a roof plumber.

Signs of Roof Plumbing Problems

Let’s face it, how often do we bother to climb a ladder and inspect the roof’s plumbing? Do you even own a ladder? And if you do, do you know what you’re looking for? A building can show many signs, small or large, that can determine whether you require roofing repairs and services. We’ve listed some of the more common tell-tale signs of a damaged roof below.

Signs from outside of your home, and on top of your roof

  • Ponding, as seen as a ‘pond’ of water on a roof, where water is not properly draining
  • Build up of leaves and other debris within gutters that cause overflows and blocked drains
  • Cracks and holes, particularly within roof joins where one part of the roof meets another
  • Damage to any roof flashing, which is in place to direct water away from weaker points
  • Mould and mildew build up due to excess moisture (outside or inside the home)
  • Broken tiles for those houses with a tiled roof
  • Exposed, broken or missing nails on the roof

Signs from inside of your home

  • Stains and discolouration from water at the top of walls and on ceilings
  • Water dripping or leaking through gaps in the ceiling
  • Sagging, displaying an uneven surface to ceilings
  • Light seeping through your ceiling, and not from a skylight or chimney that you may have
  • Mould and mildew build up due to excess moisture (inside or outside the home)

When left too late, any of these roof plumbing annoyances can turn into major inconveniences, potentially causing large amounts of damage to your home and even larger amounts of damage to your wallet. That’s why we suggest regular inspections and maintenance of your roof’s plumbing to make sure it’s in good working order. Once or twice a year is a great benchmark to aim for. Depending on the state you live in, it’s best to check before and after stormy seasons.

And, if you live among big trees that tend to drop lots of stuff, like leaves, branches, etc, then you’re probably more susceptible to roof plumbing issues, particularly blocked gutters and your gutter’s downpipes. So never leave it until it’s too late. Avoid major roof plumbing repairs and contact a roof plumber to get a professional inspection and service.

What Does a Roof Plumber Do?

The beauty of hiring a professional to inspect your roof’s plumbing rather than doing it yourself is that they know what to look out for and they know how to be safe while doing so. Hiring a roof plumber will take the stress away from inspecting your roof’s plumbing yourself. These industry professionals can carry out any of the following jobs:

  • Repair roof drainage systems so that your stormwater is well drained
  • Design drainage systems by interpreting technical diagrams to get the correct angles for your home
  • Installation and maintenance of gutters, downpipes, rainwater tanks, and flashings
  • Repair leaky roofs by inspecting and fixing the cause of the problem
  • Keep any critical roof areas such as chimneys and skylights watertight

What Skills Are Needed to be a Roof Plumber?

Roof plumbing needs to be carried out by a licensed and qualified plumber. The Jim’s Plumbing team are all fully qualified and professionally trained in dealing with your gutters, rainwater tank, downpipes and roof flashing. They also have the ability to complete the design, installation, repair and general maintenance of any plumbing job.

So there you have it. Roof plumbing, in short, is any service carried out on your roof to prevent and repair leaks, blockages and the overflow of water in relation to any drainage system. Do you need it? Just give Jim’s Plumbing a call and our roof plumbers can help you out.

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