Chad Campbell: 705-443-9444
Scott Campbell: 705-446-6602

The Gutter Truth!

As we journey through this wet and dreary 2018 spring season, the integrity of our home’s foundation in the rain soaked soil is always a concern.  How important it is to have the proper rain gutters on your home as well as appropriate drainage away from the dwelling.

What is the purpose of having properly working rain gutters on your home?  Well, the gutters collect the water as it pours down your roof and funnels it off and away from the foundation of your dwelling.     Without rain gutters, too much water may fall close to your home’s foundation and this can erode the soil around it which over time, will compromise the foundation and cause serious problems to the basement.  Just believe me when I tell you, there is nothing worse than water issues in your basement.  Be proactive!!!  


Typically, rain gutters are placed along the roof edge on all sides of a dwelling.  Depending upon the size of your roof, there will also be a number of downspouts (usually placed at the corner of the dwelling) used to carry the water away.  Locate those rain gutter downspouts in unobstructed (and preferably sloping) areas that drain AWAY from your foundation.   Rain gutters need to be checked at least once a year to be sure they are free from debris or anything that might obstruct the water flow.


Rain drains, rain trenches, spout extensions are but a few ways to divert the water at the downspout.  These items can be purchased at any hardware store. Ask questions at the hardware store as these folks hold a wealth of information about the right product for YOUR particular property and correctly installing.


At our home, we used 10 foot drain pipes, dug them in a little over 3 feet deep and made sure that they sloped away from our home.  (NOTE: We live in an area where, in cold weather, the frost can freeze the ground to a depth of 3 feet (or deeper!)  It is important to remember this fact if you decide to place permanent drainage pipes in the soil.)  When doing my research, I found very useful this article from Bob Vila outlining 6 things to look for to ascertain if you need new rain gutters.


Are YOU thinking of calling this beautiful area home or perhaps want to have your own vacation retreat in Wasaga Beach?  Our Brokers, Scott (705-446-6602 or Chad (705-423-9444 would feel privileged to help make your Wasaga real estate dream come true.  Contact us today!


           Linda Campbell

Marketing Manager for The Campbell Team 

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