Why Keeping Commercial Roof Gutters and Drains Clean in the Fall is a Must

Kathleen Maxwell

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Homeowners know that gutter cleaning is an essential part of their home maintenance routine. Not only is it crucial to uphold the integrity of the roof, but it prevents you from spending your hard-earned money on a roof years before you were ready. The same idea applies to your commercial roof. 

If you’re a building owner or facility manager, do you ever find yourself pushing roof maintenance to the bottom of your list? After all, you have lists upon lists of tasks that need your attention. You may think, “What’s another day?” But, in reality, another day could be the tipping point between a healthy, stable roofing system and an unsafe building that needs costly roof repairs. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of keeping commercial roof gutters and drains clean this fall

A Roof’s Gutters and Drains Keep Water from Ponding

Of course, your gutters and drain system catch the water that flows off of your roof. However, the bigger question is: where does the water flow when your gutters and drains are clogged? When gutters and drains are not cleaned regularly, leaves and other debris can hang around, decompose, and create mold and mildew issues. This debris clogs your gutters and drains in a way that doesn’t allow water to flow through the correct channels, ultimately trapping moisture on your roof and creating serious issues if left unchecked. 

Your commercial roof is very susceptible to standing water, or “ponding” water, which can get heavy quickly. One square foot of water, standing one inch deep, weighs more than five pounds. Ponding water can not only cause buckling issues—or even a collapsed roof in extreme cases—but it can also attract insects and mold. 

Damp Leaves, Debris, and Water Will Freeze When the Temperature Drops

Roof debris may seem like a minor issue, especially in the warmer months. However, anticipating season changes is a crucial element of ongoing roof management. A wet pile of leaves can quickly become a frozen drain blockage during the winter. Not only that, but pooling water can seep into a roof’s crevices and then freeze and expand, causing potential leaks. 

Routine Inspections and Maintenance Extend the Lifespan of Your Roof

Your roof’s lifespan can be extended by years with a routine inspection and maintenance schedule. Your roofing partner can ensure that your gutters and drains are clear, while also inspecting your overall roof’s health and identifying potential issues moving forward. 

When your roofing team is cleaning debris, they can also examine the gutter and drain systems for clogs and wear and tear. In addition, they will also water-test drains and gutters to ensure that water can escape properly. Keep in mind that not just any maintenance worker or facility manager can do this kind of detailed inspection accurately and safely. It’s vital to call in a professional at least a few times a year to ensure everything is working properly.

If you’re ready to extend the lifespan of your commercial roofing system, don’t hesitate to contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today. Our team is equipped and ready to help!


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