When to Call a Roof Plumber

Posted on: 19 July 2017


When you think of a plumber, you may think of your home's bathroom and kitchen pipes; however, a roof plumber is the professional who keeps your home's roof watertight. He or she can help prevent water leaks and other damage caused by gutters and downspouts and is also needed when there is work to be done on a rainwater tank. Note when it's good to call a roof plumber and what repairs you might be facing for your home and its exterior plumbing.

Mould, mildew and algae on the roof

If you notice that mould, mildew or algae is growing on your roof or around the chimney, you don't want to simply wash it away and assume this takes care of the problem. Mould, mildew,and algae typically grow on a roof because of standing water between tiles, and this is often a sign of gutters that need repair or replacement. If gutters are clogged or constantly overflow, they will allow water to back up onto the roof; in turn, you may see that mould, mildew or algae start to grow. A roofing plumber will be able to check the gutters for needed repair or note if they're simply undersized for the average rainfall in your area and need actual replacing.

Rainwater tank

If your home's rainwater tank doesn't catch rainwater properly, you want to call a roofing plumber; the tank itself may be fine, but the home's downspouts may be leaking or not angled properly. In turn, rainwater is not being directed to the tank and just runs onto the lawn.

Erosion problems on the property

If your property is overly muddy or has very dry soil, a roofing plumber may be a better person to call than a landscaper. In many cases, the home's gutters are overflowing so that the soil becomes muddy and soft. The downspouts may also be leaking, or not directing rainwater away from the property, so that the soil becomes muddy. This is important to address, as too much moisture in the soil can allow your house to shift and settle, causing structural damage, or that moisture may collect around the home's foundation, causing water leaks.

If the soil of your property is very dry, you may want to redirect rainwater that comes from the downspouts through an irrigation trench on the property. This allows the soil to retain that added moisture and become strong enough to properly support your home as well as a lawn and other vegetation.