Maintenance

A Few Thoughts On New Gutters For Your Home

Building or repairing a home? Gutters are a water capture / delivery system comprising an important part of any Vancouver home.

Do Not Merely Gloss Over

We have lots of rain in this region and gutter are the item that collects and directs the water in a secure, efficient pathway a little distance from top of the roof and leads it into the city water drainage system.

Without gutters in good condition, water will seep into your roof, foundation, and perimeter across the home causing other issues that can be very expensive in the future.

When gutters are properly installed they should collect the rain that is pouring down on top of your house and send that excess water into the downspout to subsequently be handed over to the sewers.

Installing Your Own Gutters

Many householders try and install their own gutters. Its may seem to be a simple installation job, but gutter installation is not what it seems and has dangerous risks attached.

Someone high above the ground with no training or experience working from those heights can slip and fall. Definitely not recommended!

A Few Tips For The Handyman

Understand this one thing; gutters have to be installed and designed to slope to the downspouts. Not very much though! You do not want all of the water diverted to the downspout too quickly. There is a talent to this. If the water flow is too heavy the system will be unable to handle it and rain will spill over.

Optimally you would like a nice consistent flow that it:

  • Will flow down the pathway like it ought to and
  • The gutter system can easily handle the volume

After installation you want to make certain your gutters stay clean. Any debris should be removed once or twice a year. The Vancouver area is a very “green” place with tons of trees and flowers so debris in the gutters can develop quickly. Staying on top of your annual, or semi-annual, gutter cleaning will ensure everything flows as it should.

If you know yourself to be lazy in terms of home maintenance, think about investing in gutter guards. These are protective shields for gutters that stop debris from getting in. They can be quite pricey, depending on the type you want, but they permit your gutters to be mostly maintenance free through out the year.

Hire A Professional

A gutter installer can avoid problems you probably won’t think of. That is he’s experienced at this and knows the process front to back. Most people who get new gutters opt for the seamless type for a number of reasons.

If you are thinking of a new gutter system for your home, we suggest you call a local company who handles gutter installation in Vancouver and spend a few minutes listening to the different aspects of this job. Newbies tackling this one, are usually in for more that expected. Setting aside a small budget for this will pay off in the long run.

Three Tips For Hot Water Heater Maintenance

Many people do not fully appreciate how important their hot water heater is until it breaks down and everyone in the house is going on cold showers. These household items usually found in our garages or basements would be the mechanisms that heat all of water for those to have available in our sinks, kitchens, and bathtubs. They are made to last for a long time if they’re maintained properly. Here are three steps you can take as a homeowner to maximize the life of your hot water heater.

Lower the Temperature

Take a look at your boiler’s temperature gauge. It ought to be anywhere between 115 and 120 degrees. Lower the temperature slightly. This will not only keep this device from overheating but will save you money on your monthly utility bills.

Test the Pressure Relief Valve

This is an excellent way to check whether your water heater needs to be replaced soon or not. Locate the stress relief valve and lift it halfway. It ought to automatically snap back to its original position. You should also hear some kind of noise as water is released back down the drain tube. In the event that it valve doesn’t work then you know you’ll have to start looking for a replacement.

Flush The System

As a hot water heater is running small deposits build up on the bottom of the tank. In time this becomes a recipe for corrosion and rusting. You cannot do a total flush in most cases because the whole system has to be turned off and the water tank has to be completely full.

This is one way one can safely commit to a partial flush. Put some sort of container (like a bucket) below the drain valve. It is located at the bottom of the hot water tank. Turn the valve counter clockwise. The heater will release water straight into the bucket. It will not be more than a few gallons.

Make very sure that you turn the power off if you have a boiler that runs off electricity. If any one of the connections are damaged in any way then you must call a specialist out to deal with it for you.

If you have a gas water heater make certain the gas is off and pilot light isn’t on before you do anything.

These are a few basic steps you can do a few times each year to make sure your boiler is running as best as it possibly can. If you have any troubles and cannot do it yourself be sure you call a plumber in the area to deal with it for you.

When it’s time to replace the system you have a few options. WE recommend that you consult with a Kelowna hot water tank installer who knows how to size up the needs of your family and recommend the best system according you the volume of hot water you actually need.