When should you inspect the guttering & downpipes?
Guttering, downpipes and other rainwater products are some of the most essential parts of any commercial or industrial building.
Guttering is an important component of the roof system. It is a narrow channel, or trough, forming the component of a roof system which collects and diverts rainwater away from the roof edge.
It is also known as an eaves gutter. While Downpipes which is also known as "Down spouts" is a pipe for carrying rainwater from a rain gutter to the ground level. It is usually vertical and usually extends down to ground level.
The water is directed away from the building's foundation, to protect the foundations from water damage. It is usually piped to a sewer, or let into the ground.
The guttering and downpipes in a roof system also helps to reduce erosion, prevents leaks in basements and crawlspaces, protects painted or stained surfaces by reducing exposure to water, and provides a means to collect rainwater for later use.
The main purpose of a rain gutter and downpipes is to protect a building's foundation by channeling water away from its base. This could either come in three outfits looking which includes;
- Eaves gutter along the lower edge of the roof slope which is fashioned from the roof covering and flashing materials.
- Box gutter that is suspended beyond the roof edge and below the projected slope of the roof.
Guttering & Downpipes in a commercial roof system could be rounded, square or rectangular designed and in comes in various sizes which from a variety of materials such Colorbond steel or Zincalume.
Meanwhile, gutters and downpipes are often overlooked in the building maintenance although not only are they crucial to directing rain water away from the building. Neglecting them means running the risk of major damage through leaks caused by blocked or damaged guttering and downpipes.
A number of issues can arise due to a damaged gutter and downpipes, ranging from clogs that can cause significant water damage this are often caused by debris, sand, stone or leaves blockage which often result in total failure of a roofing system if not clean, repaired or replace in due time to allows them to function properly and maximizes their life span.
Hence, a constant check and clearing of debris is a necessary measure to keep the building safe. If you roof gutters or downpipes have a simple leaking joint, or breakages this can normally be re-sealed or repair without the need of total replacement with the help of a professional roofing company.
Our team can inspect, repair and replace these gutters before they become a serious problem for your business.