The rainy season is almost here. Time to think about waterproofing your home. The best place to start is at the top. Eavestroughs do more than just catch the rain water. They actually divert water away from your home and protect against water damage. Unfortunately, if your eavestroughs aren't maintained properly, they can't provide proper protection, which means you could be facing water damage when the heavy rains hit. Eavestroughs can keep water from pooling around the foundation of your home. If your eavestroughs are in disrepair, here is a step-by-step guide to get them repaired and ready for the rains.
Clear Out the Debris
Clogged eavestroughs can prevent rain water from flowing away from your home. Instead, the troughs will fill up until the water flows over the sides. When that happens, you'll have a flood around your home. Before you can clean and repair your eavestroughs, you'll need to remove the debris that's stuck inside. Use a whisk broom to sweep away the debris inside the troughs. Once the eavestroughs have been swept clean, take a garden hose with a high-pressure nozzle and wash the remaining dirt through the downspout.
Remove the Rust
Once the inside of the eavestroughs are clean, you'll be able to inspect for signs of rust damage. Rust can destroy the inside of your troughs and leave them susceptible to leaks. To remove the rust, use a wire brush to scrape it away. Once you've scraped the rust away, use a soft cloth to wipe the residue out of the troughs.
Seal against Leaks
Once the rust has been removed from the eavestroughs, you'll need to seal the interior surfaces. This will help prevent rust from returning. For this portion of the project, you'll need to purchase several cans of rust-resistant spray paint. Apply a thin layer of spray paint to the entire interior surface of your eavestroughs and allow the paint to dry for several hours. Apply a second coat of paint and allow it to dry overnight. Your eavestroughs are now protected against the damaging effects of rust.
Flooding can cause extensive damage to your home, including foundational damage. Before the rainy season hits, be sure your home is properly waterproofed. Eavestroughs will keep water away from the foundation of your home. The instructions provided above will help you get your eavestroughs ready for wet weather. Contact local professionals, such as those from Kelowna Eavestroughers, for further assistance.