It is imperative that you always keep water away from your house in wet weather. As I am sure you are aware, water can have an extremely damaging effect on any house.
Over time, the brickwork will crumble and weaken as a result of water damage that could have easily been prevented by installing guttering to drain the water and render the house out of harm’s way. It is not a difficult or expensive job, but one that is worth doing and doing well.
The Importance of Foresight
Before you even go and get the equipment for installing gutters, you can make a start on the preparation. Measure along the top of your house directly from one side to another. Repeat that process along any hangovers of extensions that could also store water or allow it to run towards the house. These are the measurements you need to buy the correct pipes and gutters.
The other requirement of planning to install gutters is working out where to place the running outlet. It is pointless having guttering that leads the water back to the house and so you must locate a drain to divert the water to. Extra pipes can be purchased to directly place the water in a drain, and so this may affect what your requirements are. There is usually a drain located by most houses so you just need to find it.
Materials Protecting You House
The guttering that you choose to install should be made of hardwearing plastic because metal will easily degrade and rust within two years. Installing gutters of that nature would also be too heavy for the house to support and could cause outer damage. Plastic, on the other hand, is lightweight and easy to connect. It will last for five to ten years before it needs replacing as long as serious weather conditions do not become a factor.
To install guttering, attach the brackets on which the guttering will sit. They should be placed evenly along the top of each section of the house, just underneath the overhanging roof. Use a piece of string to measure equal gaps of a metre and attach a bracket at every interval.
Make sure each bracket is attached securely to the house by using the cordless drill to screw them in. After every bracket is up, return to ground level to check that they are all even. If they are not, the gutter will be uneven and hold water at certain points along the way, thus rendering it useless.
When the brackets have settled for twenty minutes, install the guttering in the brackets. Push it in until it clicks into place and then double check that it is secure.
Then, pour a jug of water into it at the furthest point away from the drain. It should run smoothly along it, but will also highlight any possible leaks and weak spot, which can then be repaired with a water-resistant filler or putty.
Finally, install gutter pipes running down to the drain by using brackets to attach them to the wall. They must be secure as they can bring the whole construction to its knees if there is a strong wind. All that is then left to do is sit back and admire your handiwork.
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