Flat roofs on residential homes are not as common as pitched roofs, because pitched roofs use a combination of tiles or shingles, along with a little help from gravity, to keep rainwater from pooling on the roof's surface. This prevents roof leaks. Flat roofs are most often found in warm climates where a build-up of snow and ice is not an issue. In addition, flat roofs give ample use of interior space that pitched roofs do not. To remove rainwater from a flat roof, you have a couple of options.
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Things you need
- Indoor/outdoor push broom
- Floor squeegee
- Rubber roofing
- Roof siphon
- PVC piping
- Flat roof drain
Place a ladder under the flat roof in an area that is accessible to climb and walk onto the roof. Bring a indoor/outdoor push broom and a floor squeegee with you onto the roof.
Push the rainwater off the flat roof, using the push broom, and then remove any remaining rainwater with the squeegee. You may also try to use a shop vacuum to remove excess rainwater from a flat roof.
Place a roof siphon designed to run on a timer on the roof. Run PVC piping from the siphon over the roof's edge. You can also install a flat roof drain.
Keep rainwater from accumulating and causing leaks by tarring the roof or laying down rubber roofing on the flat roof.
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