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THE BASICS FOR DOWNPIPE INSTALLATION
FOLLOWING THE CORRECT PRINCIPLES FOR REPAIRS TO DOWNSPOUTS/DOWNPIPES
AND DISCONNECTION WHERE NECESSARY IS THE KEY TO PREVENTING WET BASEMENTS AND FLOODING OF YOUR HOME.(ENLARGING,RE-ROUTING,POSITIONING,
EXTENDING AND NUMBER) are very important.Complete Eavestroughing and Roofing Services in Toronto has the expertise
in providing downspout/downpipe repair services. When it comes to Downpipe Repairs and the Downpipe Disconnection Program In
Toronto,it is critical that only a trained professional do this disconnection service,such as those who work for COMPLETE
EAVESTOUGHING because serious water damage could occur if done incorrectly.
Purpose of the Downspout
carry water from roof to ground and away from house. This is important because all the water from a large area (the roof)
is collected in the Gutters and then flows down the downspout to create a heavy concentration of water
in a small area. Unlike water on a lawn which is distributed evenly,so much concentrationof water
can overwhelm a basement wall and easily find it way into the home. The majority of a basement leaks
are caused by faulty or incorrectly positioned downspouts.
When rain falls on a lawn or yard, it falls evenly over the
whole area and is absorbed by the ground and is usually harmless. When water falls on a large roof surface,
it flows into an eavestrough then through a downspout and then into the ground. Heavily concentrated volume of water flows
out the end of a downspout and the size of the opening has a lot to do with the pressure inside the
downspout .If the downspout is clogged or too small, In heavy rains this is like having a fire hose
empting near a house.
It should be no surprise that faulty downspouts are the major cause
of wet basements ,mould formation,ceiling damage,landscape washouts,cracks in the wall and foundation ,brick stains,patio
and driveway damage ,ice dam formation and other damage to the structure and foundation of your home.
PRINCIPLES OF DOWNSPOUT INSTALLATION
should be large enough to carry water and not plug up or ice up large (3x3 or 3x4) downspouts are of one the best choice.
Downspouts must always have a slope at all section or joints or water can back up and spill out. Use only small
(3/8``) metal screw or rivets to join. Longer screws can trap debris causing back up. Use enough screw for solid installation.
Firmly attach to walls by using downpipe straps and have it secured by wood screws. For securing to brick use plugs
At bottom of downspout install a section to lead water away from house. This
section (called u kickout) can be a piece of downspout or flexible plastic hose.
For walkways hinged flip up or roll up devices can also be used. For long kickouts with more than one pipe put support under
the sections or attach to something solid(such as the side of a fence or deck.
A small circular piece (called and outlet) must be used to solidly join the
eavestrough to the downspout to the downspout. This outlet is thin sealed it has to be watertight.
Top sections of downspout
always fit into bottom sections. If it`s done in reverse the downspout will leak.
are used to go around obstacles or sections of the house. Use as few elbows as possible the more elbow used
the greater chance of clogs and water backup.
Fit sections of downspouts together properly. Sections should only go a
couple of inches into each other. Shoving sections in more than this can collapse and narrow pipes.
match downpipes to eavestrough. If running across roof color match this section to shingles
avoid letting downpipes empty across a roof as this wears out shingles. Lead downpipe right into eavestrough. Always use same
size of downspouts on any given run.
Leafguards and strainers If
a downspout leads into pipe going underground to the sewer or weeping tiles, ensure debris doesn’t enter.
Use strainer at top of downspout or install leadguards over entire section of eavestrough. A new type of strainer is also
available which fits into a downpipe at ground level and avoids having to go up on a ladder to clean debris from strainer.
POSITIONING AND NUMBER OF DOWNSPOUTS
The number of downspouts that need to be installed -is usually one for every 25-30 ft of eavestrough,
depending on water volume sometimes more is needed due to building design. Slope eavestrough towards
downspout at least 1 inch slope for every 20 ft of eavestrough run.
Too few can result in water backup. If running onto
lawns too much water at one place can cause ground erosion or kill grass and plants. Drill a series
of small holes at bottom of the last few feet of downspout running across lawn to disperse water evenly.
PLACEMENT /POSITIONING OF DOWNSPOUTS
Plan downspouts so not to look like eyesores,
avoid front of house if possible or place downspout and kickouts behind trees and plants or in corners where
they won’t stick out.
Place downspouts where the bottom can lead water away from house. Try to avoid areas where
people will walk on or trip over downspout. Avoid driveways or walkways as water from downspout can
freeze and become hazardous in the winter. Place where ground slopes away from house, not toward
house. If possible run downspout 8-10 feet away from house at bottom
If a deck is in the
path of a downspout the spout can either be routed along the side of the deck or under the deck. A neat hole must be cut at
edge where the deck meets house.
If possible avoid placing downspout
in shade if roof above is in sunlight in winter.This can result
in snow melting off roof, entering downspout and freezing and splitting
lead into a pipe going underground they should be disconnected and brought above ground . Downpipes leading
into clay tiles (usually red cement pipes leading underground) are especially troublesome. Especially
in older homes and if section above ground starts crumbling, this usually indicates section below grounds
is also crumbling
If no other option is available to lead away from the house dig a shallow trench and run a length of
flex hose a few inches below ground and cover with earth or grass. The other end of the flexhose can
then drain on to the lawn 10 or 15 ft from the house. The end can either be fitted with a cap or the
top of the pipe can stick up an inch or two above the grass and drain onto the lawn.
Rain barrels can be used to collect
rainwater. Place barrels where they will not obstruct peoples movement. Use a diverter, a device that allows water to flow either into barrel or on ground with the moving of a small handle at front of the diverter. Tree roots
can grow into and break clay tiles. Plastic plumbing pipes in newer homes are generally much stronger
and not so much of a worry.
If a downspout is properly installed,ie;the correct size,number and securely attached it should
be fairly maintenance free.
Unclogging downspouts; most clogged downspouts are clogged at the elbows, whether due to
an object lodging in the elbow or a build-up of debris(leaves,twigs,branches ) Sometimes an object gets struck and debris
then collects around it, screws which are too long are used to fasten thepipe, and debris collects and builds up around these.
How to unclog a Downspout-Tap the downspout with a hand
or soft object, use plumbing snakes or hose. Take apart and clean each part thoroughly.
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DOWNSPOUT DISCONNECT PROGRAM
City of Toronto New Bylaw of Downspout Disconnection
]If you need your downspouts disconnected from the city's water system as now required by law, COMPLETE EAVESTROUGHING
AND ROOFING SERVICES IS THE COMPANY IN TORONTO THAT CAN DO THE DOWNSPOUT DISCONNECTION FOR YOUR HOME AS THE CITY
WANTS IT DONE.
If you are unfamiliar with this new law, please read on for details.
Downspout Disconnect Program-City Of Tornto By -Law
The City of Toronto has recently passed a new law which requires all city residences to have their downspouts disconnected
from the city's drainage system. If your downspout goes directly into a pipe in the ground, it's probably connected to the
city's drainage system, and must be disconnected.Improperly planned and installed downspouts can cause serious
damage to the foundation of a home. It is a job best left to a professional. We will send an inspector to your home to determine
the best solution for your property, and provide you with a written quote. Our experts will ensure that the work is done neatly
TIP: This program can actually
save you money in the long run if you have us set you up with a rain barrel. If you collect your run-off water in
a rain barrel, you can use the attached hose to water your lawn, wash your car,
etc. This will Save you money and the environment by using
wisely. Please call us at 416-239-3600
for Details.We are here to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding The City Of Tornto's By Law Regarding Mandatory Downspout Disconnection
Why is the city doing this?
A) In short, to protect both the environment and your home. When hundreds of thousands of
homes have their downspouts connected to the city's
water system, heavy rains can cause an overload
on the system. As a result, backups can cause raw sewage to be pumped into our lakes and rivers.
rainstorms have even resulted in sewage backing up to people's homes.This is a necessary move by the city to protect our homes
Q) How soon do I need to have this done?
A) There is a 3 year time limit. However, we recommend acting quickly since there is a shortage of qualified professionals
available to do this work. Waiting until the last minute could mean missing the deadline, which means
Q)How does disconnecting my downspout help prevent basement flooding?
your downspout from the sewer system will help reduce the amount of
stormwater that is sent through the combined sewers.
Less stormwater in the system will help
prevent wastewater from backing up through sewer pipes where it can escape through
floor into your basement causing massive flooding.
For more information visit toronto.ca/water
or call 416-338-8888.
Book now to get the Downspouts Disconnected
and other Essential Repairs done.416-239-3600
THIS WILL SAVE YOU SIGNIFICANT DOLLARS IN THE LONG TERM.