A route for runoff
Eavestroughs or rain gutters collect runoff (rainfall and snow melt) from your roof and direct it away from the walls of your house and your foundation. Eavestroughs are located directly below your roofline and lead to and connect with the downspout at the corner of the roof. The downspout (a hollow pipe) ends in an elbow and is connected to an extension directs the stormwater 1.5 to 2m away from your house towards the street or back lane.
In a narrow yard, a shorter extension can rest on a splash pad. A splash pad is made of concrete or plastic and it slopes away from the wall.
Keep your eavestroughs effective
Maintenance of your eavestroughs will help to ensure excess water is not collecting near your foundation. To ensure the eavestroughs function properly you should:
- Check and clean them regularly (spring and fall)
- Test by pouring water into the furthest end and check for leaks, sags, cracks, holes, or pooling water
- Clean, repair, or replace as necessary
- Use silicone to repair leaks and use it to seal all connector joints and end caps
- Seal leaks from the inside of the eavestrough
- Prune your trees to prevent leaves etc. from falling into your eavestrough