5 Tips For Installing Gutters and Downpipes

Building a home is never complete without a roof. It shelters the whole property and protects the house from heavy rains and other weather conditions. While the roof is truly essential, you mustn’t forget to prioritize the use of gutters and downpipes as they’re responsible for keeping the rainwater away from the house’s structure, allowing it to be sturdy and well-built.  

The rain gutter is on the edge of the roof where the rain passes through to be collected. After it goes through the gutter, it’ll redirect to the downpipe, leading to a drainage or rain barrel.  

When it comes to installing gutters and downpipes, you don’t just install them in any way you want to. There are specific ways to maximize the use of its full potential in your home, allowing you to keep your family safe and sound. Listed below are the tips on how you can install gutters and downpipes successfully.

Purchase the right materials

The first thing you need to do when it comes to installing your gutters and downpipes is to purchase the right materials that can be found here. You need to note that no home is similar; what material works for others may or may not work for you.  

You can choose various materials for your gutter and downpipes, such as aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, galvalume, zinc, and vinyl. Before you pick out the first thing you see, you have to see their strong and weak points. If you’re aiming for flexibility and cost-effectiveness, aluminum will work great. If you want durability that should last you long, copper is a perfect choice; however, you need to prepare for its hefty price tag.

Choose the right size

One of the most common mistakes people make when purchasing their gutter and downpipes is choosing the wrong size. Most people would buy a standard size to be on the safe side. However, you need to take different factors as it affects how your gutter and downpipes perform.  

If you’re living in an area where the rainfall is usually intense, you might want to consider purchasing a bigger gutter and downpipe size to accommodate the water amount. If it’s typically blazing snow in your area, getting a wider gutter would prevent ice dams. If you’d like a more successful elimination of ice dams, having a heated gutter system would work wonders.

Space the gutter hangers near each other

When placing your gutter hangers, make sure they’re spaced for a maximum of 3 feet apart. If you choose to go any further, it might cause your gutter to sag, especially when it’s handling plenty of rainwater and snow. Additionally, if you’re living in colder climates, you should place the gutter hangers at least 2 feet apart for additional support so they’ll be able to carry the weight of snow and ice.

Steep the gutter

When installing your house’s rain gutter, you need to avoid making it flat and leveled as it’ll not allow the water to run through the downpipe. You need to ensure that you provide enough steep to enable the water to move smoothly, releasing its gathered water to the downpipe.  

Moreover, you need to be careful with your angle. If your steep is too high, it might rush the water to flow down the downpipe and cause it to overflow, especially with heavy rains. You need to ensure that the gutter is at the right angle where the water runs in an adequate flow.

Placing your downpipes

When it comes to placing your downpipes, you should put them where the water on your gutter reaches its end. Ideally, the downpipe should lie on your wall and shouldn’t be placed bare in the open. When you allow it to run straight down, the water flow might be too intense, and people might bump into the pipe, which can cause further damage.  

Installing Gutter Pipes

When placing your downpipes, you should ensure that it’s properly and securely placed on the gutter and has a proper attachment to the wall. You should avoid having gaps that can provide leaks. Lastly, the water should be going through 8 to 10 feet away from the home’s foundation. However, you can choose to allow the downpipe to be connected directly to a rain barrel for water harvesting.

Conclusion

Installing gutters requires precision and accuracy. You need to make sure that the steep is just right and the materials and size you use are appropriate for your house and your local area’s climate. You should ensure that you place them correctly and avoid any possibilities of leaks and blockage for a smoother flow.  

With proper gutter and downpipes placement, you’ll be able to continue to enhance your home’s exterior, making it look better and attractive.

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Interstate Home Relocation Checklist That Won’t Fail

Interstate relocation can be tedious and tiring, especially when you are moving out with plenty of household goods, appliances and with your family members. At one end, you have to look out for affordable and competent packing moving service providers, and at the other end, you have to make all the travel arrangements for your family. The entire process can be even more tiring when you are running out of time, or if you are moving in a hurry.

Sounds familiar? Thankfully, there are ways to tackle the situation much more effectively and conveniently using a quick interstate home relocation checklist. I have been around in the relocation industry for over a decade now, and I am happy to share this easily yet effective checklist that’ll help you to tackle an upcoming interstate home relocation issue much more conveniently.

First thing first, so start with a basic relocation plan.

#1 Interstate home relocation planning

Interstate relocation should be done with adequate planning, because no plan can be worse. So think through and figure out the dates and the process. Some of the important dates that you should work out are the dates of moving your goods and the family.

The second thing that you have to think and plan for is to finalize the inventory that you wish to move. Having a tentative list of major items that needs proper packing and moving can be of great help in assessing the situation as well as in negotiating the price with the moving companies.

When you have the list of major items at hand, you can simply eliminate the guess work and assumptions and therefore eliminate a lot of confusion about the cost of packing, moving and transit insurance.

The next thing to decide is to whether to do it yourself or book the packing and moving service. Do-It-Yourself packing and moving is always an option, but consider this only if you have prior moving experience and you have plenty of time at hand, and you are willing to spend time arranging and doing everything that it takes to pack and move your own.

Using professional mover packer service is always recommended for long distance household relocation needs.

#2 Screening movers for long distance move

This is one of the biggest tasks, and if you want to do it right (which I am sure you want), you got to spend some time in finding, screening and choosing a moving service company that is proficient, reliable and affordable.

Usually, removal companies are available locally these days, and therefore the best way to get started is to look out for a few of the well known local removal companies available near you.

Share the list of items including all the major and small household goods and appliances, tentative dates when you want to move and ask for a written quotation.

You may also ask the movers to do a pre-move home survey (which they do for free) and then quote a price, as that may help avoid future pricing confusion and dispute. In-home survey helps them assess the efforts and hence they are able to produce accurate moving estimates.

Once you have the moving quotations in your hand, you can quickly compare and negotiate as needed and then finally choose a mover that you like the most.

When choosing a moving company, you should always pay attention to

  • The company and its credentials
  • Packing quality and handling process
  • Policies and payment terms
  • Pre and post move support
  • Other value added services
  • Overall packing and moving charges

At the time of hiring moving services, we often fall for lower costs and cheaper services and then end up with surprises. And therefore, it is important to be double sure about the credentials of the company you are considering for your upcoming interstate home relocation.

Now that the planning is done and the movers are on board, it’s time to prepare and move, and we’ll talk about that in the next step.

#3 Preparing for interstate move

The next important task at hand is to arrange the tickets or make travel arrangements for the family members. If you don’t want to drive or there is no way to drive through, then make suitable travel arrangements for your family members.

Once that is sorted, you have to do some preparations before the movers arrive for packing everything. Usually the packing and loading is done the same day, so you should be prepared.

There are certain things that you should always keep in mind and the movers may advise you, such as:

  • Switch off all the home appliances a day before, especially fridge and washing machine
  • Stop using home and kitchen appliances one day prior to the scheduled move day
  • Mop and dry all the appliances
  • Collect and group loose items together that needs to be packed and moved
  • Pack a first aid kit and carry it with yourself
  • Keep all the medicines etc that may be required by your family members
  • Pack all the valuables and documents that you should carry with yourself
  • Print out the tickets etc and keep it at a safe place
  • Keep the quotations, bills, payment receipts etc safely

And add other tasks as per the situation and based on your needs in the list above.

Remember, the key to safe and hassle-free home relocating is detailed planning. With detailed advanced planning not only you can manage the entire relocating process easily, but it helps you get your goods relocated safely and without any hassles.

Over to you

As I always say, interstate home relocation can be overwhelming, especially if you’re moving for the first time, and you have no helping hand. The best you can do to tackle the home relocation blues is to plan and act smartly.

I have already shared a quick and simple three step checklist for interstate home relocation that will make the entire relocation safer and hassle-free for you.

Have you relocated to another state in the recent past? If yes, then feel free to share how you managed the entire relocating process by commenting below.

Happy relocating!

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