Rain gutters, also known as eavestroughs and downspouts, help to remove water that has fallen onto the roof and direct it either away from the house or into a rain barrel. Improperly maintained and clogged rain gutters could lead to your home becoming flooded, with mould growth and moisture building up indoors causing lung health problems over time.
- Keep gutters clear of leaves, twigs, ice, mud, and other sediment that may build up. You may want to check the gutters each time you do yard work or experience higher than normal moisture inside your home.
- If your eavestroughs overflow even when clear of debris, replace them with larger sized eavestroughs and downspouts.
- Make sure your downspout extends at least six feet away from your basement walls and does not point towards your home or a neighbour's home. Water should drain away from the house toward the street or backyard.
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