- Published: Tuesday, 13 April 2021 20:10
For those on the ground, so to speak, like a landscaper gardener, they can easily identify issues that crop up from a much bigger roof issue.
In short, whatever rainwater is being collected from a roof should find the correct way back down to the ground and drainage system.
However, problems start when this process breaks down.
Take, for example, these photos recently taken on a site. Awful pictures of mould and all kinds of other greenery starting to blossom at the bottom of walls and downpipes.
More often than not, this is from the downpipe and gutter not being correctly sealed or joined together, hence the clear build-up of issues on this downpipe with water than splashing on the wall afterwards.
Leave undetected, and damp will start penetrating through the wall on the inside, causing all kinds of building issues.
However, the problem can be more on the roof itself, as per this other photo with a green area further along the path, but just splash-back on the wall.
In this scenario, it’s a classic issue of an overhanging roof not correctly being sealed, causing water to drip downwards steadily.
How to Detect and Resolve
Therefore, here’s a few takeaway pointers on how to effectively detect and then deal with these kind of issues:
1. Make Sure You Regularly Inspect These Areas.
This can be under the normal duties of a gardener or landscape contractor who watches out for these kinds of issues and immediately reports them with a helpful photo – and ideally more often in winter with a greater risk of these things happening.
2. Take Any Necessary and Safe Precautions
While you look into the solution, see if there’s any immediate measure to take, for example, clearing up any moss that people could slip on or even cordon off the area altogether.
Maybe even a separate planter to cover over the terrible-looking mess.
3. Get the Cause of the Issue Rectified
This may sound obvious, but we see it time and time again where people delay bringing in the right local roofer to get to the bottom of things, even if it means access equipment like a scaffold tower or cherry picker.
They can then re-seal the joint, repair the roof, or refix the downpipe – whatever the problem is.
4. Clear up the Final Mess
This may take a good jet wash and scrub up to get rid of the final mess and allow time for things to dry out.
If the problem has caused even more severe damage, then things like stain blockers may also need painting over.
Problem Spotted is a Problem Halved
Therefore, make sure your other contractors and occupiers are geared up to help problems like this cropping up immediately. A true team effort can then help get things back on track.
Remember that a seemingly small issue and discolouring may well worsen over time and be only the result of a much bigger problem.
Therefore, don’t delay bringing in the expert roofers to get then it sorted – and fast.