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Standing Water on Your Roof: Prevention Guide

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The roof in your home is not likely something that’s often on your mind… until something goes wrong. All of the sudden, you worry about costs, filing home insurance claims, or whether a smaller issue has rippled into much bigger problems.

Standing water is one of those concerns that can easily create structural problems for your home as with a side of headaches. Left unresolved, the extra weight on the roof can cause water leaks inside your home or promote mold growth. Too much water can also cause the roof itself to start sagging, which in turn, creates even more space for water to pool and more damage to your roof. Since your home is not designed to carry an unlimited amount of weight, it could cause structural problems to your house. In a worst-case scenario, the roof could eventually collapse, threatening the safety of you, your family, and your property.

What Causes Pooled Water on a Roof?

Standing water (also known as pooled or ponding water) is water that won’t drain from the top of a structure after 48 hours. It can be caused by any of the following:

- Obstructed drainage

- Saturated roof insulation

- Having a flat roof

- Inadequate drainage

- Poor design

- Improperly installed drains

All of these issues have a solution. However, you can easily prevent standing water from occurring in the first place by scheduling regular roof maintenance once or twice a year.

How to Prevent Standing Water on the Roof?

Let’s start with the easier solutions and move our way down the list.

1. Clean the gutters. Inspect the gutters to ensure they are thoroughly clean and cleared of debris. This is especially important if you have low hanging branches around your home. Also make it a point to trim those same branches to prevent decaying leaves, twigs, and squirrel droppings from obstructing the gutters. If the gutters are clean and you still have pooled water, you may need to install additional drainage or widen existing drains.

2. Change the landscape of the roof. Professional roofers can install structures to divert water. This is called a cricket and it’s very useful to avoid the accumulation of water in certain areas of the roof, such as around a chimney or dormer windows. In addition, roofers can install RoofSlope, a leveling compound used to fill indented areas of the roof or on top of flat roofs to aid with water drainage.

3. Inspect the roof insulation. Insulation typically has a lifespan of 80 to 100 years. However, if it’s soaked with water, it can start to dissolve. By conducting a home energy audit, you’ll find out these type of issues before they become insurmountable and costly problems.

Another way to prevent soaked roof insulation is by installing tapered insulation, which can be installed specifically to move water towards drains and gutters. And because it has superior moisture resistance, it’ll let you sleep at night knowing that your home is better protected.

4. Convert a flat roof into a pitched roof. Obviously, this solution can be costly and time-consuming. However, if you find that you are experiencing standing water in your home regularly, it’s a sound investment. In the long run, it may even save you money, since pitched roofs require less maintenance than flat ones. They are also less likely to develop mold, so you’d be killing two birds with one stone.

If a new roof is out of budget, a more cost-effective solution is installing membrane roofing.

5. Schedule routine rooftop maintenance. The best way to prevent standing water or any other type of issue with your roof is to schedule routine maintenance twice a year.

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