One common roofing method on commercial properties is rubber roofing. These roofs are flat, and that can lead to a concerning scenario – pooling water. This is usually a result of poor drainage, but other factors can lead to this as well. If you look out at your flat roof after a rain and see pooling water, you have room for concern. Let’s take a look at what to do if there is pooling water on your roof.
One characteristic of flat roofs is subtle slopes that aid in drainage. If your roof has low spots, water will drain to those low spots and pool. A professional roofing contractor can repair these low spots so that the water will make its way to the drains in the roof. This is usually accomplished by filling in the low spots with plaster.
The quickest way to try to address pooling water is to make sure your drains are clear. In addition, check the gutters and downspouts too. You should routinely perform this check to ensure debris such as leaves, sticks, and branches are clear, and that water can flow freely through the drainage system.
It is possible that when your roof was installed, there were not enough drains engineered into the roof design. Your best bet is to have a roofing contractor evaluate your roof to determine if this is the case. If it is, they will be able to suggest how many and where to install these additional drains.
If your roof has been installed for some time and the pooling issue you are having has been a problem just as long, you might have a bigger issue to tackle. It is possible that when the roof was initially installed, the pitch was not enough. The pitch is the slope of your roof that allows the water to flow and drain. Repitching a roof is not an easy job and is best left to a roofing contractor.
There are various reasons you may see pooling water on a flat roof, and they boil down to two specific ones. Poor maintenance and bad installation. The first you can address on your own by implementing a routine maintenance schedule. The second is best left in the hands of a local roofing company. Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, LLC has the experience to help resolve your flat roof issues. Give us a call and let’s discuss your options.