PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM WATER DAMAGE WITH DOWNPIPES FROM COPPERWORKS CANADA
Having a smoothly functioning rain-carrying system is essential to the well-being of your home. After all, a roof is only as protective as the gutter system it pours rain water and snow melt into. And without a fully functioning downpipe
, this water can seep into windows and cracks in the walls of the house. This can cause heavy structural damage such as erosions in the foundations of the house from rotting wood, as well as wet/damaged siding, crawlspaces, and basements. Unfortunately, most people don't seem to learn enough about this topic until they have run into some problems.
The Anatomy of an Eavestrough System
Ignorance is not always bliss. Understanding how your gutter system
works helps you know how to care for it and maintain it. This could save you a lot of costly repairs and servicing down the road. Let's look at the different components that make up a gutter system:
Gutter/Eavestrough: This is the channel that is installed just beneath the roof line of every home to collect rain water or snow melt as it trickles off the side of the roof. Without it, water would simply run down the exterior walls of the house, damaging them and causing potential flooding around the house.
Downpipe/Downspout: This is a vertical pipe connected to the ends of a gutter channel that normally runs down the corners of a house, funnelling rainwater down and away from it.
Splash Block: A concrete or fiberglass pad placed underneath the downpipe to divert water away from the house's foundations.
Downpipes: A Closer Look
Downpipes are available in many different materials including aluminum, copper, vinyl, and zinc, and come in a variety of shapes like round, square, rectangular, and contour profiles. Round downpipes
are arguably the most efficient at clearing leaf matter and dirt, giving you more time in between servicing.
The end of a downpipe is usually curved and should point away from the house so as to channel the water to a drain system or an area that does not stand to get damaged from a large concentration of water. Some people even opt to use rain water barrels or tanks to capture this water and store it for later use such as watering the backyard. It's a smart way to conserve your water usage.
The Downside of Downpipes
Where problems start to arise with your downpipe is when it becomes clogged with dirt, debris, leaves, or twigs. This slows down the flow of water through the pipe, and in times of heavy rain, creates back pressure which can cause serious problems for the gutter system, putting your home at risk.
To avoid this problem, a regular cleaning often does the trick. It's not complicated and won't require much time or effort. All you have to do is feed a hose up from the bottom of the downpipe and blast through the blockage with high water pressure. If that does not resolve the issue, you can use a plumber's snake to clear the clog. When finished, flush the gutter from the top to ensure that the water is passing through smoothly all the way to the bottom. To limit the amount of debris that gets into the gutter and downpipe, consider using gutter guards. They go on top of the gutter to create a layer of filtering which keeps out all debris and foreign matter while still allowing rain water to be captured by the gutter.
For Best Results, Hire A Professional
Installing your new downpipe may seem like the perfect weekend do-it-yourself project. But if you don't know exactly what you're doing, you run the risk of it not being installed correctly. Don't take that chance with your home. Instead, contact CopperWorks Canada
where not only will our skilled team of professionals deliver the downpipes that suit your home, but will also install them properly and in a way that keeps your home safe from water damage. Proudly serving Toronto and the GTA, CopperWorks Canada is your eavestrough systems specialist. Contact us today!