As anyone who manages or owns a building knows roof maintenance is crucial.  

However, many owners neglect their roof maintenance believing they are saving time and money. But industry-standard roof maintenance requires more than just clearing the leaves out of the gutter. To ensure the continued safety and support your roof provides, your roof needs to be inspected and maintained regularly. Many roof problems, like gaps in the roof’s flashing, can slowly grow and appear over time – making it difficult to be detected by non-professional roofing inspectors. Undetected problems in your roof can cause substantial damage to property, and even people, if left undetected.

The warning signs

A roof might look simple from the outside, but it's more important to a building than many people realise. Your roof is integral to providing comfort and protection to your interior, which means it is most vulnerable when damaged. This means even problems that seem trivial, such as a rusting sheet or loose flashing, can be a sign of worse things to come.

That's why an experienced plumbing professional ensures your roof is checked regularly. A few of the warning signs to look out for are:

  • Ponding (the build-up of stagnant water on your rooftop): this causes leaks, mould, and can even weaken support beams.
  • Rust spots on your roof system: though most modern roofing materials prevent these, if untreated they can lead to leaks and wind damage.

           Rust on a box gutter                                                                                 Rust on roof sheets
  • Gaps in the flashing: weakens the protection and cover of your roof, especially during heavy rainfall and strong winds. Gaps can build up slowly and appear over time, so it’s important to have your roof inspected regularly by a professional.

Dangers of neglected roofs

Unlike other building fixtures, your roof is constantly exposed to weather conditions that can weaken the integrity of your roof’s protection, including rain, wind and even sunlight.

Roof maintenance - The importance of regular roof maintenance

Here are the most common problems caused by neglected roof maintenance:

Leaks - That little drip in your ceiling might seem fairly innocuous, though slightly annoying, but a leaking roof should be a serious concern for any business. Leaks do not plug themselves, if left untreated the size of the leak will grow and allow more water into your celling.

Mould - Wet insulation and clogged gutters will grow mould, which can be very expensive to remove once set. Certain types of mould can be hazardous to people, and pose an enormous health risk if left untreated.

Animals and pests - If your roofs are neglected and poorly maintained, insects can enter the building through holes in your roofing system. If the holes are large enough, you could even end up housing rodents such as possums, mice, and rats in your organisation’s ceiling.

Maintaining your roof to provide the safe and secure protection they were built for isn’t difficult. By hiring a reliable, professional plumber to inspect your roof yearly, problems can be detected and resolved early on, keeping you safe and your building protected.

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The importance of Thermostatic Mixing Valves

Each year, thousands of people fall victim to water temperature-related injuries due to non-compliant Thermostatic Mixing Valves.

These scalding injuries can cause serious scarring or even hospitalisation. Extreme changes in water temperature are often caused by faulty Thermostatic Mixing Valves.

Thermostatic Mixing Valves allow the user to select a desirable temperature and limit the release of hot water. The device delivers a combination of hot and cold water and, when correctly maintained, has been proven to help prevent scalding injuries. Thermostatic Mixing Valves are particularly important for organisations like schools or child care centres, as young children are most susceptible to serious scalding injuries. It takes less than four seconds for a child to be scalded by 55°C of hot water.

4 ways to ensure your Thermostatic Mixing Valves are compliant If your vales are not correctly maintained, anyone exposed to water in the workplace is at risk of being seriously scalded – even if they’re just washing their hands. This is why the Australian Standard has placed such serious compliancy laws regarding the regular maintenance and testing of Thermostatic Mixing Valves in the workplace.

Organisations are legally required to have their Thermostatic Mixing Valves tested every twelve months. Failure to comply with the Australian Standard can result in fines of up to $1.1 million dollars.

If a Thermostatic Mixing Valves causes injury and there has been no adequate testing or maintenance, the organisation is liable to pay for damages. In 2012, the District Court ruled in favour of an employee who was badly scalded by faulty plumbing due to the business’s negligence. The injured worked was entitled to $440,000 in damages.

4 ways to ensure your Thermostatic Mixing Valves are compliant

You can ensure your organisation’s Thermostatic Mixing Valves remain compliant by improving the management of your plumbing maintenance.

Here are the 4 crucial steps you can start taking:

  1. Proactively make sure that your Thermostatic Mixing Valves are tested annually. If you cannot recall your organisation’s last plumbing check-up, book one now.
  2. Always keep a record of your Thermostatic Mixing Valves’ test results. The Australian Standard requires that organisations keep a record of all testing completed on Thermostatic Mixing Valves. A record of regular testing will look favourably on your organisation should an accident occur.
  3. Make note of when your Thermostatic Mixing Valves need replacing. Thermostatic Mixing Valves must be replaced every 5 years, even if regular testing shows they are in good working order.
  4. Always make sure the replacement or maintenance of your Thermostatic Mixing Valves are undertaken by a qualified professional plumber.

Alternatively, you can leave it to the professionals. Running an organisation is hard enough without worrying about the management of your plumbing facilities.

As experience business professional, Toscano Plumbing can handle all your plumbing management, from testing Thermostatic Mixing Valves to scheduling your annual check-up.

See our vast range of plumbing services, or give us a call on 1300 867 226.