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Following heavy winter snowfalls comes spring thaw where, every year, water flows to floor drains, downspouts, and eavestroughs. In order to make sure no damage occurs, it is imperative that you make an effort to clean out the eavestroughs as well as the downspouts on your home. In addition to the regular maintenance of downspouts and eavestroughs, you need to examine the floor drain to see if there is any leakage present also.
Regular cleaning of the roof drainage protects your home from damage to its foundation. Below are the steps to take in order to clean your eavestroughs correctly. Use this cleaning technique a couple of times throughout the year.
Caring for the Eavestroughs
Step 1: Using a small brush, make sure you clear the eavestroughs, also known as gutters, of debris and leaves: You should perform this step two times yearly. If the gutter is fitted with special hangers and a leaf screen throughout each section, the cleanup of debris is very easy: Just take up the little screened sections where the leaves are and remove the leaves. Replace the screened sections in the gutter.
Step 2: Assess your gutters for proper positioning and pitch. To ensure water flows through the eavestroughs, it must be set at one-sixth of an inch for every 12 inches of eavestroughs installed.
Step 3: Do a standing water test to see if there is water that is not moving in the eavestroughs. Water left standing in the eavestroughs is indication they are not pitched properly or there is a blockage. It is also a wonderful breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Step 4: Check the entire length of the eavestroughs for any presence of rust. Be sure to check the leaf screen, end caps, hangers, and the interior and exterior sections of the eavestroughs. Hint: If you use plastic eavestroughs parts, you will not need to worry about rust that forms on aluminum or galvanized steel.
Caring for the Downspout
The downspout is the part of your gutter system that connects to the horizontally installed eavestroughs. It is most likely connected to a drop outlet and an elbow, and a metal strap is wrapped around the downspout’s exterior to hold it into position. Beneath the downspout is a splash block. Water travels through the eavestroughs, drop outlet, elbow, downspout, and onto the splashguard where it moves away from the exterior of your home. To clean the downspout portion of your gutter setup, you must do the following:
Step 1: Make sure your leaf screens are in place in the eavestroughs so the downspout does not clog.
Step 2: A pro plumber can help you clean the downspout with a sewer snake if necessary.
Step 3: Ensure the size of your splash block is big enough.
Step 4: Ensure there is an incline your splash block is positioned in so water runs away from the home and its foundation.
Step 5: Underground tilling is necessary where you have a downspout. To keep subsurface water under control, make sure you have the appropriate area cemented.
Step 6: Aluminum or plastic downspouts are preferred over galvanized steel. Plastic are preferred you are looking to avoid issues with rust.
Caring for the Floor Drain
With your home plumbing system, you will find the floor drain of tremendous import. You are limited in how you can care for it, but there are some things you can do if you are interested in cleaning the drain by yourself:
Step 1: Check the drain for any visible blockages you can clear away.
Step 2: Whenever you do laundry or bathe, wipe off any of the standing water that is present.
Step 3: Clear visible debris with a plumber.
Step 4: If you see trash, remove it after putting on gloves to protect your hands.
Step 5: Pour about a half-cup white vinegar down the floor drain. Then pour another one-quarter cup down the drain. Repeat this three times annually.
The above steps are a few things you can do on your own to keep your plumbing, eavestroughs, and downspouts in tiptop shape. Always turn to a professional to have your plumbing thoroughly inspected. A plumber can assess the condition of your equipment. Make sure you hire a well-known, top-of-the-line, reputable professional plumber or contractor to do the job. For example, choose like Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing in Ottawa for all your home plumbing needs.