Commercial rooftops face special challenges because they can't shed water without a drain, and they can't shed debris without help. For this reason, your main objective when maintaining your commercial roof this summer is to ensure the drain is operational and clear of organic matter. The following tips will help you maintain your commercial roof this summer.
Remove Spring Debris
Spring is a time when trees and plants shed organic matter like seeds, petals, pollen and pods. This organic matter is carried away on the breeze and can end up in surprising places, including your flat roof. Dry organic matter can gather on your flat roof around the corners and edges and over drain covers. In fact, much of this organic matter is small enough to end up falling through the drain grate and into the pipe.
Remove all this debris by sweeping it up into a garbage bag, then haul the debris off of your roof. Don't throw the debris over the side of the roof, as this can result in injuries down below.
Perform an Inspection
Once the debris has been removed from your roof, perform an inspection to ensure that your flat roof is in good condition. Look for water stains around the
If water marks show that your roof drain is clogged, remove the drain cover and insert an electric snake or plumber's auger into the drain. Snake the drain until you encounter the clog. Once you're done, flush the drain with a strong jet of water from a hose to ensure the clog removal worked.
Next, walk around your roof and look for signs of wear and tear. Look for cracked caulking and deteriorating or curling roof membrane. Also look for signs of puddles forming elsewhere on the roof. Like the water mark around the drain, puddled water will leave damp, muddy spots even after the water has evaporated. Your commercial roof should slope slightly toward the drains. Puddles scattered throughout the roof are indicative that your roof is not sloping properly, which could be the result of leaks or structural problems.
Once you've inspected the top of your roof, go under the roof to check the joists
Check Drains After Storms
Even if your commercial roof appears to be in good condition, check the roof periodically after summer storms pass. Look for signs of clogs and gathering water. If water does begin to puddle on your roof, this could lead to leaks down the road. Contact a reputable roofing company in your area for help. To learn more,