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Eaves Maintenance Essentials for Every Homeowner
a.k.a. Rain gutters, are an essential but often overlooked component of homes.
Eaves trough prevent water damage to outdoor property, roofs, foundation, and
landscaping, and also help protect against leaks, which is why regular gutter
maintenance is absolutely essential. Although eaves replacement and repair is
best left in the hands of a professional, most homeowners can take care of
maintenance on their own with a little know-how.
Eaves Trough: Slope is
When eaves trough
are installed by a contractor, they are positioned in such a way that they are
slightly sloped towards the downspout. This allows water to be expelled
efficiently. An important part of regular gutter maintenance is checking the
slope of rain gutters. An easy way to do this is to climb up on a ladder and
spray water into the gutters with a hose. The water should flow smoothly towards
the downspout. If it simply sits there, the slope probably has to be adjusted.
There are different opinions about the ideal slope of rain gutters, but a one
inch slope for every 20 feet of gutter is a common suggestion.
Using a line
level, locate and mark the high point and low point for your gutter. Then,
readjust your eaves trough by repositioning the hangers. Replace any rusted or
damaged hangers and screws.
Eaves Maintenance: Fixing
Again, use a
ladder to access your eaves and spray water into them using a hose. Then, look
to see whether any sections of your eaves are leaking. Most leaks in sectional
rain gutters will occur at the seams, and this problem is relatively easy to
fix. Simply apply silicone or caulking along the seams. Be sure to seal both the
inside and outside of the trough.
Eaves Maintenance: Repairing
Eaves trough can
develop small or large holes over time. Small holes can be easily repaired with
roofing cement. Simply use a putty knife to distribute the cement evenly and
fill in the hole. Bigger holes can also be repaired, although it will take some
extra effort. In addition to roofing cement and a putty knife, a sheet metal
patch large enough to cover the hole is also necessary. Set the sheet metal
patch into a generous quantity of cement. Then, place the metal and cement
(cement on bottom) over the hole. Finally, place more cement over the sheet
metal using the putty knife.
The downspouts in
any eaves trough system are crucial because they direct water away from your
home’s foundation. The is essential. Inspect downspouts for leaks
and signs of wear. If your downspouts are joined to fascia boards, ensure that
they are firmly attached. Check the boards for signs of wear and rot and, if
necessary, replace them.
Eaves Maintenance: When to Consult
homeowners can take care of basic rain eaves maintenance on their own. Adjusting
the slope, repairing leaks and holes, and replacing fascia boards are manageable
tasks. However, for significant structural problems and repairs, it is best to
call a professional. The same is true if you are thinking about having new eaves
trough installed. In Alliston every road is lined with mature trees which beautify the town and add ambiance to the streets. Every fall these trees lose their leaves, many of which find their way into your eaves troughs, which then have to be cleaned out by the homeowner, or in the case of the older Victorian homes, a professional is usually your safest bet.
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by the Alliston Home Inspector