Causes Of Standing Water On Roofs

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Many homes often sustain leaks and water damage that develop from cracks or holes formed over years of weathering. Ponding water, which is excess water that sits on top of the roof for more than 48 hours, can cause a number of leaks to form. To prevent ponding water and treat it effectively, a Parker roofing professional can detect the causes and repair them.

Clogged rain gutters are a common reason that rainwater or melted snow is not redirected off the property. The gutters should be cleaned to remove twigs, branches and decaying leaves that can accumulate each season. Gutters that are damaged with leaks and holes or that are improperly pitched can affect flow of rainwater as well.

Flat roofs are more prone to damage from standing water because the structure lacks slopes. Obstructed roof drainage may cause water to accumulate, which can easily be corrected with proper maintenance. Schedule an inspection of the drains to dislodge tennis balls, paper, leaves or debris that may be present.

In some cases, ponding water may develop due to a poor design of the roof when the home was first built.

The roof may not be sized properly or sagging may have developed due to worn roofing materials. Sagging on roofs is often difficult to repair and may require replacement of the entire structure.

If roof insulation is damaged during a construction project, it may leave the roof vulnerable to standing water in the future. The insulation may have become compressed because of heavy roofing materials or HVAC equipment. This roofing problem can be remedied by replacing the insulation that is damaged.

The damage caused by standing water can be extensive. Standing water can add five pounds of water on each square inch of the roof, and the increased weight can lead to a roof collapse. Leaks are also prone to developing from the added weight, which can often lead to black mold forming after several days. The mold can cause respiratory issues and dizziness in residents of the property.

Solar-powered pumps can be used to remove all of the water until the necessary repairs are made. The roofing fixtures should also be inspected for leaks that may be present with drain lines and AC units that are installed.

Professional roofers may also need to re-pitch the structure by installing crickets to redirect the water. This will ensure that rainwater or melted snow does not sit after it forms.

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