Maintaining your roof drain might not be at the top of your priority list, but this often overlooked chore is crucial your roof. For some Vancouver homeowners, getting on to the roof and performing these crucial tasks sounds appealing, but the benefits will definitely outweigh the cons. If it has been a while since you have kept up with your roof drains, or if your have never cleaned your roof drains, then you need to read our blog of roof drain maintenance below. Following our tips below could save you thousands of dollars in the long run, as you are less likely to have damage and need costly repairs.
If you find that, after a particularly rough rain or snow storm, you have debris and garbage on your roof, you will need to remove it immediately. As always, safety is your number one concern, so make sure that this task is feasible. If your roof is particularly steep or if your home is multi-leveled, than you may have to hire a trained professional for this task. Of course, make sure the weather is permitted; you do not want to get onto the roof when it is wet or raining, as you put yourself at risk for slips and falls.
Once you are on the roof, you can use a push broom to quickly and efficiently remove all dirt, debris, and garbage from your roof. After this, head to the roof drain and try to scoop out as much debris (such as tree leaves) as you can. Use a garden trowel for the debris extraction in your roof drain.
Lastly, high pressure nozzles on garden hoses can also be used for a more thorough and deep cleaning. Use a scrub brush to get off any caked on dirt or debris.
If you start to notice that rain is failing to flow and drain through the downspout, it is very likely that your drain has encountered a clog. Getting rid of the clogged substance will save you a headache or two in the future, so make sure to act immediately when you notice something has gone wrong.