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Keeping Gutters & Drains Clean in the Fall

Keeping Gutters and Drains Clean in the Fall

As you move deeper into the fall season, it is important to recognize just how damaging natural debris can be. As beautiful as autumn leaves may look, they can wreak havoc on your roof. So, with that in mind, let’s look at some ways you can keep your gutters and drains clean during this fall season.

Debris Buildup

It takes just a little bit of moisture for those feather-light leaves to biodegrade into a soggy, heavy mass that can clog drains, block scuppers while inviting mold, fungi, mildew. If these are not promptly removed, the leaves and debris can then lead to backed-up water and that can increase the live load on the roof deck. Keep in mind that standing water even if it is just one inch deep can add five pounds per square foot of live load on the roof assembly. Eventually, this standing water will leach the pliable properties out of some single-ply membranes which can reduce the roof’s flexibility and lifespan. This is particularly necessary to fix before the winter begins because ponding can become a critical issue when pooling water freezes and expands, forcing its way into the tiny cracks or even under flashings. Plus, the additional ice weight can cause structural damage which will lead to expensive repairs, or in extreme cases, roof collapse.

Preventative Maintenance

When performing preventative maintenance, you should be looking for leaves and other debris around the drains and scuppers. During this fall season, you will want to have frequent checks and prompt debris removal to prevent buildup and blockage. If you have areas of standing water, it could be an indicator of blocked drains. Even partially blocked drains will allow water to flow, so keep that in mind because if you don’t see standing water, that does not mean there isn’t a drainage problem. Another thing to look out for is the staining of the roof’s surface as that can indicate previous ponding which is also a red flag. Now, it is important to understand that not every problem caused by leaves and other debris is obvious to an untrained eye, so you will want to have a qualified professional take a look to be sure that nothing is missed.

So, these are a few ways to keep your roof’s gutters and drains clean from leaves and debris left by the fall season. It is important to clear these now before the frigid winter temperatures turn the soggy leaf debris into frozen blockages. For more information or to have a professional come in and take a look, feel free to call Greene Roofing at (718) 941-1111 today!

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