An Ultimate Guide to Roof Plumbing

An Ultimate Guide About Roof Plumbing

As winter brings heavy rainfall, storms and even flood activity to many parts of Australia, the importance of roof plumbing has never been more clear. After all, you need your roof to be in peak condition to ensure that it provides your home – along with your family and possessions – protection against the elements. 

There are factors besides water that could compromise the condition and structural integrity of your roof, including natural wear and tear. This could lead to water ingress and other issues that affect the integrity of your home.

Here is everything you need to know about roof plumbing and what it means for your home.

With more than 30 years of experience, O’Boyles Roof Plumbing has ample expertise when it comes to roof plumbing in Melbourne. From water leaks and general repairs to gutter installation and roof replacement, our team can handle it all. Give us a call today for a free assessment and quote.

Firstly, What is Roof Plumbing?  

The most basic explanation is that roof plumbing helps to direct the flow of rainwater away from the rooftop, towards a rainwater tank or stormwater drain. It seeks to stop water from pooling on the rooftop or even gaining access to the inside of your home (where it can compromise the structural integrity of the building).

A licensed roof plumber will help to channel water elsewhere to reduce the likelihood of it causing damage. They are involved in the installation of roofs, as well as in their repair and even replacement, for this very reason.

What does Roof Plumbing Involve?

A licensed roof plumber will carry out a variety of services and tasks that are designed to optimise your roof’s rainwater management capabilities. This usually involves installing and repairing downpipes, gutters, rainwater tanks, external flashings, spouts, and ridge capping. They will also be able to fix leaks, as well as provide waterproofing services to prevent further leaks from occurring.

What is the Difference Between a Regular Plumber and a Roof Plumber?

The services offered by regular plumbers and roof plumbers are very different. Regular plumbing focuses on the supply and drainage of water on the inside of the home (as well as at ground level around its outdoor perimeter), whereas roof plumbing focuses on channelling water away from the roof.

You cannot ask a regular plumber to handle an issue with your roof. Roof plumbers receive additional qualifications, which include elevated work platforms and stormwater training, to ensure that they deliver quality workmanship that adheres to Australian Standards and WorkSafe regulations.

What are the Different Parts of a Roof Plumbing System?

Generally speaking, your roof plumbing system is comprised of three parts:

  1. Gutters – The most visible component, gutters are an essential part of the plumbing system. Their screws must remain tight, there shouldn’t be any holes or gaps, and they should be clear of debris to avoid poor water drainage. Gutters should be cleaned at least once a year.
  2. Downpipes – These are meant to direct water from your gutters to your local stormwater drainage system (meaning it ends up in the ground near your home) or to a rainwater tank (meaning it’s collected for you to use on your garden).
  3. Flashing and Capping – These are used to cover up the joints between roofing sheets, helping to prevent water from seeping through the gaps and gaining access to your home. There is a range of flashing and capping available to suit different roof types.

When Should I Call a Roof Plumber?

There are various signs that could suggest you require roof plumbing:

  1. When building a brand new home or renovating an established one A plumber may be needed to measure, prepare and install roof sheeting, gutters, downpipes and flashing.
  2. When flashing needs to be repaired – If water has gained access into your home, it may be due to the flashing becoming damaged or even lifting away.
  3. When your home has a leak – If your property has sprung a leak, a plumber will attempt to repair it as well as try to prevent future leaks from occurring.
  4. In the case of an emergency event, such as extreme weather – This can sometimes lead to roof damage that allows water to enter your home. A plumber can do an emergency call out.
  5. When installing a rainwater tank – Did you know that you’ll need the assistance of a roof plumber if you want to install a rainwater tank on your property?

Choosing a Reputable Roof Plumber

At the end of the day, roof plumbing is not something that should be taken lightly. It’s essential for sealing your home and protecting it against the damage that water ingress could cause. This is why it’s something that should always be handled by the professionals rather than as a DIY.

The team at O’Boyles Roof Plumbing have more than 30 years experience in the provision of various plumbing services, including gutter installation, roof repairs, roof installation, re-roofing, and roof maintenance. We also provide genuine Colorbond roofing installations, ensuring that your home looks its very best for many years to come.

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