Category: Maintenance

When homeowners perform home improvement projects, they often overlook their gutters. Plant debris can corrode and rust gutters, sometimes damaging them so much that replacement is more convenient than performing repairs. Gutter installation may sound like an overwhelming project for a homeowner to do, but it is actually not difficult.

Steps to Take Before Installing New Gutters

Before purchasing new gutters, map out the house and its current gutter system. Determine how long the gutter run must be and calculate the number and length of downspouts. If the old gutter system operated effectively, maintain the configuration with the new system. Make a list of materials and write down all measurements.

If the gutter run does not exceed 35 feet, its highest point will be at one end, with the run sloping downward toward the downspout. If the run exceeds 35 feet, the high point will be at its center, with the run sloping down on both sides to respective downspouts. For both lengths, the high point should be an inch below the fascia board that the gutters attach to and should slope ¼-inch for each ten feet of run. Snapping a chalk line while holding one end of the gutter at the correct angle provides a guide to follow during installation.

Gutter Installation Steps

Downspout outlets can be installed with 1 ¼-inch deck screws. They should be close to the run but not at its end and attached to the end of the house along the chalk line. Attach gutter hangers to the fascia at 24-inch intervals, using 1 ¼-inch deck screws. Fasten these approximately one inch from the roof ends, following the chalk line and leaving room at the ends for gutter caps.

All corners that do not feature a downspout and are not at the end of a run should be covered with gutter covers. Now, gutter sections can be cut with a hacksaw to fit between the end of the roof and the downspout outlet. Place a cap on the end, snap the gutter section into the nearby downspout outlet, and hook the gutter on the hangers, following the chalk line.

Gutter sections should be connected on the ground using special connectors to attach them. An assistant can support the gutters during hanging. The final step in the gutter installation process involves cutting drainpipes to fit between the elbow joint on the downspout outlet and the joint on the wall and between the wall elbow and the ground.

While gutter installation can be a DIY projects, we realize a project such as gutter installation is not for everyone. If you would like us to handle your gutters or any other roofing project, please visit our website for more information and pricing. We also provide pressure washing services, which can really spruce up the look of your property.

Maintenance

When you buy your first home you discover there are quite a few things in your home that can very easily go awry. From heating to roofing to floods and more, it can be quite daunting at first. However, experienced homeowners will always tell you that having first-hand knowledge of a few simple home repair skills can truly be a lifesaver.

This can be especially true when it comes to plumbing. As many homes will have any number of toilets, sinks, washbasins, dishwashers, baths, and more in their home, there can be problems just lurking around the corner. So, the very best thing a new homeowner can do is to get yourself a few simple supplies that will enable you to fix any minor issues that may come up. Save the big problems for your trusted local plumber.

The number one supply in any home should be the plunger. Let’s face it, things with drains clog, for a variety of reasons, it is one of the most common plumbing issues out there, and you don’t need to be stumped when it happens to you. Make sure you have a good quality plunger that forms a really tight seal and get pumping.

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Another indispensable tool is an auger. You may not have heard of an auger, but you probably have seen one, another term used for it commonly is a plumbers snake. Essentially it is a very long steel cable that gets cranked out to untangle a clog. The benefit of this is that it can reach clogs that are further down the toilet or drain than you cannot get to manually. Augers can come quite in handy, so it is a great tool to have. Here’s a little more detail on why drains get plugged.

Pliers and wrenches are also good to have around the house, not just for plumbing, either. Pliers and wrenches come in a few different types, so it’s a good idea to take a peek around your home to see which kinds you will need, but generally speaking having a nice set of pliers and wrenches will be able to tackle any sort of loosening or tightening that you would need to perform on any pipes, nuts or bolts around your home.

Teflon tape is one of the best things to have in your toolbox in case of a plumbing emergency. If a pipe springs a leak, get your Teflon tape out and wrap it around the leak as well as the surrounding area, this will make a huge difference in stopping water damage, and should be able to hold the situation steady until a professional plumber arrives.

As you can see, all it takes are just a handful of tools to get yourself started. This way, you will be able to tackle a variety of small issues right away before they might become big problems down the road, saving you quite a bit of time, energy and money later on.

If you think there is something more serious looming in your plumbing  system then read our article on how to avoid a serious plumbing problem.

Maintenance

Founded by a team of seasoned professionals, we are a full-service heating company. Our seasoned technicians are certified heating and gas fitting experts with the technical expertise to handle any job related to heating homes and commercial buildings. Our rates are competitive and outstanding customer service is our motto.

With a combined 20 years under our belts, our experienced heating technician journeymen provide the highest standards of service combined with honesty and integrity. We want to be your go-to heating professionals for life.

Home Heating Services

We offer a full range of heating and air conditioning service including repairs, and installation on all models:

Why Air Quality Matters

We realize your home is your castle and that you expect your central heating system to keep your family warm and healthy. North American homes need to either be heated or cooled all year round. It is a smart move to have someone do an annual tune-up to maintain peak efficiency. One way or the other you pay for heat, either with regular maintenance and lower utilities or by occasional Vancouver furnace repair or replacement.

Clean Air

It may sound strange, but air pollution can be worse inside your home than outside. Modern homes are built to be airtight in order to save money on heating bills, but that can trap air pollutants in your home as well. Good ventilation is a must for any well-sealed home and a heat recovery ventilator provides even more energy-efficient ventilation. Regular duct cleaning also helps remove dust or dirt particles hidden inside your home’s duct-work, keeping everyone healthy and saving on fuel bills. Most people are unaware that less than 1mm of dust can dramatically reduce air flow and heating efficiency.

Call us today to set up an annual heat system inspection and maintenance schedule that will reduce heating bills, extend the life of your heating system and keep everyone in your home warm and healthy.

We Service and Install All Brands

Regardless the brand of your furnace or boiler, we are familiar with it and can provide the very best service at reasonable rates. Our vehicles are stocked with the most common parts for all major brands.

We also install heating systems in new homes and replace them in older homes. If you think your home is ready for an upgrade to a new high-efficiency heating system, we will be happy to visit and advise you on the options that will best suit your needs and budget.

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