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A Melbourne plumber explains the causes of roof leaks – and how to fix them!

Your roof and ceiling exist to keep rain out of your home.

Unfortunately, sometimes it fails at this job!

A leaky roof is one of the worst possible plumbing problems homeowners face. If not repaired quickly enough, it can lead to a whole host of issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Water damage
  • Stained ceilings
  • Mould growth
  • Roof cracks

So, why is your roof or ceiling leaking?

Our Melbourne plumbers take a close look at some of the most common reasons for that pesky roof leak, and importantly, how we can help!

 Worried Woman Holding Bucket While Water Droplets Leak From Ceiling In Kitchen

A behind-the-scenes plumbing leak

The most common cause of ceiling leaks? Plumbing issues.

Your home plumbing system includes pipes that run throughout your home, from under your floors, to in the crawl spaces – and yes, that does include ceilings.

Multi-level homes are especially prone to this, with pipes to upstairs fixtures needing to run through ceilings by design.

Needless to say, when one of these pipes wears out or springs a leak, you’re left with a bit of a problem!

When this happens, you’ll want to immediately contact your local plumber to provide a thorough inspection, correctly identify the problem, and create the right fix to solve this kind of issue.


Improper roof sealing

Sometimes, roof leaks are the result of poor plumbing. Other times, it could be a problem with your roof itself!

Every roof no matter the material needs to be sealed. That means covering gaps, usually with rubber sealant, glue, or metal coverings. These stop water from entering your roof via these gaps.

When this job is done poorly however, you’re left with roof leaks!

Additionally, sealing up gaps in your roof can also improve your home’s energy efficiency, ensuring cool air during summer or warm air during winter isn’t lost through gaps.


Roof decay

Cracks. Wear-and-tear. Rust. Each of these conditions can degrade your roof.

And as a result, each one can lead to roof leaks!

The worst thing about roof decay is that it snowballs. Sure, that crack might be tiny right now.

But over time, it’ll grow, making the problem even worse and exposing your home to more leaks than before.

Tiled and shingled roofs are especially susceptible to roof decay and cracks.


Poor roof plumbing

Believe it or not, roof plumbing is a crucial part of any roofing installation.

We aren’t talking about pipes in your ceiling – roof plumbing is completely separate system, with its own unique function and purpose.

Roof plumbing uses a variety of fixtures:

  • Gutters
  • Spouts
  • Drains
  • Flashing
  • Coverings

Working together, the various parts of your roof plumbing ensure that rainwater drains from your roof.

Why? It’s simple: stagnant water is heavy, and may damage your roof and sealing. Not to mention, long-term water exposure can severely weaken even the strongest roof, leading to roof leaks.

Click here to learn more about the importance of roof plumbing.

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How a Melbourne plumber can help

When you think of plumbers, you tend to think of pipes, taps and sinks.

However, that isn’t all your plumber does!

There’s a surprising amount of overlap between plumbing and roofing. As such, some plumbers offer both services.

Look at us for example!

The Watermaster team aren’t just some of the most capable plumbers in Melbourne – we also provide a range of metal roofing services:

We approach each of these jobs with the same level of care and attention to detail Melburnians have come to expect of us.

You’ll be looked after by a highly-trained and fully-insured professional through a personalised consultative approach.

Fix roof and ceiling leaks

Contact the Watermaster team today!

Tired of having to run around with a bucket every single time it rains?

Worried your home might have suffered long-term damage from an undiagnosed roof leak?

Whether it’s your plumbing or your roof that are causing you grief, our experienced team of Melbourne plumbers and roofing experts can handle it!

Contact Watermaster Plumbing now at 1300 156 650, or click here to book an inspection with a certified roof plumber.

You can also visit us for plumbers in Melbourne: pop into our headquarters at 9/22 George St Sandringham, VIC 3191, if you prefer a more hands-on approach.

2022-01-25T02:22:17+00:00 February 19th, 2019|Blog|