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What To Look For When Checking Your Roof & Drains

When was the last time you checked the condition of your company building's roof? If you can't remember, it might be time for an inspection. Here's a comprehensive guide on what to look for when inspecting your roof and drains and why ignoring them could be a costly mistake.

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What to look for during a roof inspection

The best time to check your roof is during the winter months, as this is when most storms occur and when fallen debris and leaves can clog up your building's internal drainage systems; this is also when water is most likely to freeze and expand in a drainage pipe or roof crack, causing it to burst open. Aim to check your roof at least once a month, taking note of any changes to the structure.

It's easy to spot a damaged roof or drain; look for any large cracks on the roof itself or around the pipes. If water is pooling on the roof, it's a sign that the drains are clogged, either with dirt or with ice.

Why regular inspection is important

If you leave your roof in disrepair, it might lead to bigger issues down the line and can be very expensive to fix, so mend any cracks and holes as soon as you spot them.

Problems with the internal pipes and drainage system are harder to spot as the damage isn't visible on the surface. If the pipes are damaged or blocked, it can cause further flooding; this can lead to the rusting of pipes and even the formation of mould.

Pooling water can put pressure on the roof, weakening the structure; if left unattended, the roof might fall in and injure your employees. A fallen-in roof can also be very expensive to fix, negatively impacting your company's profit margins. Constant flooding can also create a slip hazard for any workers in your company building, so don't risk a lawsuit.

Leave it to the professionals

If you don't know how to unblock a frozen drainpipe or properly inspect your roof, leave it to someone who does. Navigating the roof can be dangerous and one wrong move can be deadly when you don't know what you're doing. Weedfree Landscapes will carry out regular roof and drain inspection as part of our services – we know what to look for and can recognise early signs of damage and halt further deterioration before it’s too late.

If you want to avoid any further damage to your building's roof, then contact a member of Weedfree Landscapes; with years of experience and a passion for the job, you can trust us to get the job done correctly and safely.

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Tim Bower
Post by Tim Bower
November 12, 2019
Tim Bower is the Director of Weedfree and is an expert in grounds maintenance and keeping your business looking great all year round.