What Is A Roof Drain Conductor?
What Is A Roof Drain Conductor?
A roof drain conductor is an important part of any storm water system. It helps convey water from the roof to a storm or combined building drain and can also lead water down to an approved means of disposal.
There are two types of roof drains roof drain conductors and leader. A roof drain conductor is a pipe inside the building that conveys storm water from the roof to a storm or combined building drain.
A roof leader is an exterior drainage pipe for conveying storm water from roof or gutter drains to an approved disposal means.
Roof drain conductors are typically made of PVC or metal and are designed to handle the heavy rain and snow that can fall on a building. They are also designed to resist the wear and tear caused by wind and rain.
Roof gutters are typically made of metal, plastic, or wood and are designed to handle the smaller pieces of rain and snow that can fall on a building. They are also designed to allow water to flow quickly and easily from the building.
Does A Roof Drain Need A Trap?
No, a roof drain does not need a trap (usually called a drip pan) to prevent standing water from forming and causing damage to the foundation.
However, if your roof is sloping, it might be a good idea to install a drip pan under the downspout or any other drainage feature in order to collect any excess rainwater that has collected or flowed into the drain. Most roof drains do not require a trap because of several reasons:
- The roof is flat.
- The roof design allows rainwater to move by gravity off the roof and into the downspout, leader, or combination drainage system that leads away from the building.
- The roof slope is designed to allow water to move away from the roof by gravity.
- A roof drain will never need a trap if the roof drains properly. However, the roof drain should be inspected at least once every two years:
– To check for clogged gutters that might prevent rainwater from draining
– To inspect for signs of cracking or wear on the conduit.
– To check for any deformed or cracked pipes that could allow water to flow into the conduit and cause damage to the roof.
An inspection completed by licensed professionals like Wellworth Roofing & Siding will ensure no serious problems with your roof.
How Do You Clean Roof Drain Pipes?
Clogged roof drains are one of the most frequent reasons for roof leaks. Water may build up on a roof when a roof drain gets clogged. Try the following to solve the issue if you think there could be a clog:
- Start by clearing the area surrounding the roof drain of leaves and other debris. By removing these items, you might be able to unclog the drain because, often, poor drainage is solely caused by stuff on the drain’s outside.
- Examine the interior of the drain with a flashlight. Occasionally, jams are caused by animals or birds that have built nests inside the pipes. The best course of action if you notice an animal inside is to call a reputable plumbing firm for assistance rather than attempting to remove the animal yourself.
- With a regular garden hose, try to remove the obstruction. On occasion, the material can be forced out of the drain using a hose on full blast. While spraying, push the hose downward to exert more pressure. You must proceed with caution because if the clog does not dissolve, the water from the hose will continue to back onto the roof. Because of this, it’s crucial that you use the water for a short period of time and stop if the clog doesn’t move.
- If water alone is unsuccessful in clearing a blockage, use a pipe brush. These lengthy brushes have a unique construction that allows them to reach inside pipes without endangering the roof plumbing. Push the clog out of the way with the brush before attempting to clear it with a water flush.