3 Simple Tips For Preventing Home Water Damage

Prevent the hazards and hassles of home water damage by avoiding these drainage mistakes.

“Water damage” are the two words that no homeowner wants to hear. It can require costly and extensive repairs, and may also bring mould and all of the associated health risks including: 

  • Aggravated asthama symptoms 
  • Worsened allergies 
  • Increased risk of respiratory diseases 
  • Chronic headaches

Preventing water damage is therefore crucial to protect both your home and the health of you and your family members. At Chinook Exteriors, our professional home maintenance team can help install and repair your eavestrough system, or suggest other ways to keep rainfall away from your home, including using rain barrels and drip edges, protecting your home from any unwanted leaks. 

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3 Ways To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common problems for Calgary homeowners. However, there is good news! There are a few simple steps you can take to keep your home safe and in good condition. These include: 

1. Cleaning Your Eavestroughs

Calgary can be incredibly windy, and during the fall, gutters can easily become clogged with leaves, sticks, and debris.

This can cause several problems such as:

  • Water overflowing onto walkways below, creating a slipping hazard
  • Water leaking into the house or roof
  • Insects or small animals nesting in eavestroughs, creating additional blockage and overflow
  • The eavestrough beginning to detach from the house due to excess weight from debris, leading to complete failure of the drainage system 

Fortunately, these eavestrough issues are preventable. For Calgary homes, eavestroughs are best cleaned 2-4 times a year, especially in the fall and in the spring. This will prevent fallen leaves from causing damage such as snow melts, and accumulated debris from blocking your eavestroughs during summer rainfalls.

Alu-Rex Gutter Maintenance System

Want to upgrade your gutter and minimize cleaning? The Alu Rex gutter maintenance system might be ideal for you. This system is composed of grates that fit over your eaves and is completely invisible from the ground. Our Calgary eavestrough installation team recommends it for homes in the city because, in addition to stopping leaves from getting into the eavestrough, it prevents your home's gutters from getting weighed down by snow. 

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2.  Use A Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is placed at the bottom of a downspout to collect water. While rain barrels are most well-known as an eco-friendly way to gather water for gardening, they also serve an important role by:

  • Preventing excessive amounts of water from pooling around your home’s foundation
  • Reducing moisture and the risks of mould
  • Preventing soil erosion around a home’s foundation

When it comes to what type of rain barrel is the most effective, most Calgary homes can benefit from a medium-sized option. These catch as much water as needed, but won't look oversized or overwhelm your front garden or exterior decor. Additionally, rain barrels come in a variety of styles and finishes from rustic to elegant, which allows them to futher blend in, and even complement, your home's exterior.

Our Team Suggests:

  • Choosing a professionally-made barrel with a screen, filter, or securely closed lid, which keeps water cleaner than homemade variants
  • Ensuring your rain barrel is placed on a level foundation so that it will not tip over.

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3. Having An Properly Installed Drip Edge

The drip edge is a small attachment positioned on the “corner” of the roof. A home's drip edge is rarely noticeable, but it’s key in ensuring water leaves your roof edge without damaging other parts of your home! Without a drip edge, water would run down the sides of the building below the roof, damaging fascias, soffits, walls and more.

The inconspicuous but important drip edge stops:

  • Rain from entering under your roof edge
  • Fascia rot
  • Water from entering the building

A properly installed drip edge should be positioned far enough away from the side of your home to ensure that water is directed away from your home. This installation can easily be done incorrectly if a worker is inexperienced and homeowners don't know what to look for. Our Calgary drip edge installers are highly trained and experienced, and our team always evaluates each roof to find the most effective, yet visually appealing solution.

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Ready to rainproof your home? Contact our team at 587-999-7170 today to get a free quote! Our high-quality workmanship and color-matching system will ensure that not only is your home's exterior expertly updated, but also given a touch of style. 


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