Help! My Roof has Pooling Water

Posted on Pooling Water on Roof

Salem roofers often see pooling water, because we live in one of the wettest states in the nation. If you notice a leak, call a Salem roofing contractor immediately.

If your roof has water pooling on it, you might have a problem. Your roofing material should be able to protect your home to an extent, but it is not intended to have water pooling on it for prolonged periods of time and this is something that needs to be fixed. Several things can cause water pooling on a roof, but the most common reasons are:

  • The roof was not properly pitched when built
  • The building has settled and/or the decking has sagged a bit
  • Debris is blocking water flow
  • There is an insufficient roof drainage system in place

If left untreated, standing water can cause damage to your roofing material’s seams, allow for ice to form and wear down your roof, create a place mosquitoes can breed, and even allow for certain plants to grow.

The first thing you will want to do when inspecting your roof’s standing water problem is decide what the cause is. If there is a simple fix, like clearing debris or opening up access to your roof’s drainage systems, you can probably fix it yourself. If your problem is more serious, like your decking sagging, you will likely need to get in touch with a Salem roofing contractor to give you a free roofing estimate.

Hiring professional Salem roofers to come fix your pooling water problem could mean you’ll have a big project on hand. Depending on the extent of the problem, it is possible your roof will need to be replaced in order to setup proper pitching with crickets. If a drainage system can be installed, the remedy will likely be much simpler and cheaper. These are things that can only be determined after inspecting your roof, but as you know, these things are time sensitive. If your roof has a standing water problem, give Slate & Slate Roofing a call today for an estimate or fill out our simple contact form to the right side of the page! (503) 585-2338 is the number to call for all of your Salem roofing company needs.

Written by
Terry Slate
Terry is the Vice President of Slate & Slate Roofing and has over 28 years of experience with both residential and commercial roofing. He specializes in metal roofing, composition roofing, and PVC membrane roofing.