Just as the name suggests, a roof plumber is someone who deals in the installation of water and drainage infrastructure in your home and even in commercial buildings. Roof drainage infrastructure on the other hand refers to downpipes, water tanks and flashings, among others. A good roof plumber should be able to work with different types of roofs, such us metal, fiberglass, polycarbonate and even glass roofs. They should also be able to work with roofs that have waterproof membranes.
Most people do not realise the importance of hiring a roof one, mainly since they do not know that they need the service. IN fact, some people attempt to undertake installations and repairs by themselves. This is not only highly dangerous, but also against regulations in part of Australia, for example New South Wales. Here are some signs that you might be in need of a roof plumber:
Gutter installation and repair
Not all houses have gutters installed at the time of purchase. Those that already have gutters installed might need to carry out repairs at some point. The reason for installing and maintaining gutters is that they are designed to drain away rain water away from your house and the immediate surrounding.
If gutters are not properly installed, rain water could cause serious damage, including roof leaks anderosion to your foundation and other parts of your property. It could also result in mould and mildew problems in your home. A good indicator that your gutters are not functioning as they should is constant overflowing. This points towards blockages in the downpipes in most cases.
To make sure your gutters are properly installed and maintained, it is imperative that you get a roof plumber. They deal in the proper gutter cleaning and repair. They also fit gutter guards and install mesh coverings to prevent accumulation of leaves and other debris, which are the main cause of blockages.
You might need a water tank
Water collection is a big thing in Australia nowadays. As such, ore people are installing water tanks in their homes. However, in as much as you might want to make the installation of your water tank a DIY pet project, you are better off talking to an expert. Roof plumbers study your rain water requirements, and then decide what you need in terms of tanks, gutters and downpipes. They then design, your water harvesting system, based on the requirements.
They are able to account for and install certain things that you would not remember to account for, or manage to install on your own. They install your water tank, including a professionally constructed base, gutter fittings and downpipe leaf guards. They also add tank screens and flap valves to keep out insects. They also use first-flush diverts to prevent the rain water from the first rainfall of the season, which mainly contains all the dirt and debris, from entering your collection tank. Roof plumbers also install backflow prevention devices as regulated by authorities such as Sydney Water.
Is your roof leaking?
Anyone who had ever had to deal with damage from roof leaks knows how expensive they can get. Most of them are brought about by gutter blocks and an improperly installed storm water drainage systems. Roof plumbers help you prevent an occurrence of this by carrying out preventive maintenance. They inspect your drainage to identify any malfunction before they become a problem. They clean and remove debris and carry out other repairs such as fixing crooked gutters and broken joints. These are things that you would not competently do for yourself.
Other repair jobs around your roofing
Roof plumbers, carry out roof flashing repairs. In a house, roof flashings prevent water from entering the roof by creating a barrier. If your roof is leaking due to improperly installed roof flashings, then a roof plumber is the solution you need. A good indicator of such leaks is stains under skylights, water coming down the chimney and damaged tiles.
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