Eaves Maintenance Essentials for Every Homeowner


Eaves Maintenance Essentials for Every Homeowner

Eaves trough 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 Essential

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 Leaks

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 Holes

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.

Eaves Maintenance: Downspouts

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 a Professional

Most 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.

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Ten Things To Repair Before Selling Your Home

Looking to sell your home but don’t know if you should make repairs first? Why not take the opportunity to impress your potential buyer and really wow them with the quality of your home. There are ten simple things you can fix that will leave a lasting impression on your prospective buyer.

1. Paint – A fresh coat of paint on the inside and out will do wonders for your home. Make sure that before you paint you make any repairs to the drywall or exterior wood. Take the opportunity the repair any damage before painting the home.

2. Floors – Make sure the carpet has been steam cleaned and free of any odors or pet stains. If the hardwood or tiles are damaged, make any needed repairs. Make sure the flooring isn’t squeaking. Fix any loose trim work.

3. Windows – Get any broken or damaged windows repaired. Replace any missing screens. If windows are not operational, have them repaired or replaced. Windows that will not open are a fire hazard and will be written up by the buyers home inspector.

4. Get appliances cleaned and verify that they are working properly. Soak the stove eye pans or replace them if needed. Verify that the dryer vents to the exterior of the home and that there are no obstructions to the vent pipe.

5. Remove any clutter from the garage and basement. Rent a storage building or a use a shed to store seasonal decorations. Throw away old newspapers and magazines.

6. Make certain the roof is not leaking. Common areas where roof leaks occur are around the vent stacks, roof vents, chimneys and flashing. It’s best to repair the areas if needed rather than not know a problem exists and the inspector finds it.

7. Check to be sure all the exhaust fans for the bathrooms and kitchen vent to the exterior. Generally these items will be vented to through the roof or in some cases the they are vented through an exterior wall.

8. Verify that there are no leaks in the sinks, plumbing fixtures, and faucets. Make sure the hot and cold lines are correct and that the sinks and counter tops are caulked.

9. Be certain no light bulbs are blown and that all the fixtures are working properly. Open shades and curtains to allow daylight to enter the room. Daylight will also make the room feel warmer even on cold days.

10. Make certain the fireplace is clean and in working order. If your house has a gas log insert, show it off. Light the fireplace so your buyers can see how it works and looks in the room.

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