As local Midlands roofers we see this time and time again, and yet it’s so simple to resolve.
A downpipe is coming down the wall of a property at a higher, as you might expect.
Therefore, when it rains heavily a lot of rain will come shooting down here and straight onto any flat roof area directly below it, after all, that’s what it’s meant to do – take water away from the roof.
However, the question then is where all this water goes.
Often there is an area further out on the roof where the water is supposed to eventually trickle to. Maybe a hopper head at the top of another downpipe taking water down another story.
So, in simple terms, if water can make itself along this flat roof from where one pipe ends and another begins, then bingo.
But the issue is this journey across this flat roof area.
Water can soon pool on here as it spreads, rather than neatly travels. This can eventually cause water ingress and leaks through say the felt covering, plus turn into during cold spells and potential trip-hazard for people walking on here.
The solution though is often simple – a horizontal pipe stretching across from the bottom of one pipe to the top of another, therefore preventing water even needing to touch the flat roof.
However, with just a few pieces of advice with this as well.
Firstly, to position this at a slight angle downwards, so that water can naturally filter down by gravity.
Secondly, making sure this is right at the end of the roof so it’s out of the way of people on here.
Thirdly, firmly fixing to the walls and each pipe, so that no harsh weather or heavy rainfall can disturb it.
Fourthly, check the downpipes and gutters of everywhere at the same time. Look out for signs of damp and water leakage, or wonky pieces that may easily come away.
Plus of course, the gutters themselves being clear of leaves and debris, after all, this is always going to stop the natural pathway of water along these.
Fifthly, to check the joints between sections of pipe, as these typically fail over time and begin causing classic water leaks and issues.
And sixthly, that they are looking as good as they can do, because you really want them to hide well and not stand out too much. So maybe black plastic material to match others, or making sure any metal ones are not rusting away.
Need any more help? Then as good local Birmingham and Black Country roofers, contact us today for more help and advice.