Taking shortcuts in plumbing when a professional plumber is required can lead to a more expensive repair. Knowing when to call a professional can save you time and money.

What Is Roof Plumbing?

Roof plumbing covers metal and polycarbonate roof sheeting, flashings, gutters and downpipes-including installation and repairs to ensure rainwater drains effectively from the roof to the stormwater system.

If you have plumbing problems related to sheet metal roofs, gutters, downpipes and stormwater tanks, it is best to call a plumber. For tiled roofs and cement pointing, however, it is best to call a roof tiler.

When Do Roof Leaks Occur?

The quality of your roof can be put to the test by hail, thunderstorms, heavy wind, and rain. Of course, even a perfectly intact roof can be damaged by wild weather. But the most common underlying cause of roof leaks is simply an old roof!

Whether it is a rusting roof or worn-out tiles, it needs to be replaced to provide the appropriate stormwater drainage. If you have a new house, your next likely source of roofing woes can be blocked gutters and stormwater drains – usually from tree and leaf debris, silt and dirt.

There are many causes of roof leaks that, without adequate attention, can result in structural damage to your home, so if you’ve checked and resolved obvious issues yourself, it’s time to call in a professional.

How Do I Know If I Have a Roof Leak?

All roof leaks, regardless of their size, become a nuisance if unattended. Even smaller leaks can cause bigger issues like rotting insulation, mould and damaging ceilings.

While it can be pretty easy to detect some roof leaks, like water running down inside the walls, others are tougher to locate. Sometimes, the water shows up at a ceiling spot distant from the leak.

As such, it is always a good idea to tackle roof leaks early as this minimises the damage that occurred, and the subsequent repairs required. If you even THINK you have a roof leak, get it checked immediately.

When to Call a Professional Plumber?

If you love to DIY, you may be tempted to try to fix them yourself. However, caution is needed given a wide range of effects of a leaking roof that may even present a health and safety risk, such as an electrical hazard caused by the water in your ceiling.

That is why many State and Territory Governments legislate against DIY roof plumbing.

The right plumber will offer a range of services, such as:

  • Identifying the source(s) of the leak, including roof inspections
  • Undertake repairs or replacement if needed
  • Repairs for broken or blocked guttering
  • Cleaning of roof, gutter and downpipes
  • Installing preventative measures such as mesh coverings on gutters or designing a rainwater harvesting system.

Whatever the current maintenance issues with your roof, including the worst-case scenario of replacement, calling a professional plumber can give you insight into your roof’s condition and what you need to do next to ensure the safety and structural integrity of your home.

Don’t Cut Corners

Homeowners will inevitably pay the price for choosing a plumber who cuts corners with roof plumbing. Always choose a reputable, licensed plumber so the quality of work is assured.

There’s no point in getting work performed if it is not done properly. Unfortunately, many homeowners learn this the hard way- experiencing faulty or substandard repairs that result in worse roofing woes down the track and a larger plumbing invoice to pay to rectify the damage.

Put a stop to suspected roofing problems and contact Level Plumbing Canberra today at (02) 6188 6088.