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Eavestroughs and rain water management blog

The continuous hanger: a short-, mid- and long-term investment

With the harsh and long winters of the North American climate, not to mention rainy autumns and wide temperature variations, several residents are bound to experience some sort of problems with their gutters one day or another. Continue →


How To Estimate The Cost of Eavestrough Work With Google Maps?

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Several tools now allow gutter installers to estimate the dimensions of a project, thus quickly allowing them to give an approximation of the cost of the work to their customers.

The simplest method comes from Google Maps, a platform used regularly, and familiar to many. Continue →


How to Prevent Ice Dams in Your Gutter System?

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Over the course of a full Canadian winter, ice and snow buildups inside a home’s eavestroughs can range from light snow drifts to thick and compact ice blocks, putting the integrity of the whole system in jeopardy. Continue →


MANAGING HEAVY WATER FLOW FROM ROOF VALLEYS

noue de toit Two roof panels that meet to form a valley can often cause homeowners serious headaches. This junction referred to as “ roof valleys ” is always overlooked until the first heavy rains of the season. That’s when new homeowners realize that heavy rain water concentrated in a single area can sometimes cause the inner corners of a gutter to overflow.

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Gutter Protection – A Long-Term Investment

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How exciting it is to buy a new home! Every new homeowner has a head full of projects to improve his or her property: renovate the kitchen, make a garden or paint the living room.  However, you will never think about checking the condition of your gutters! As they are often neglected, make sure to check whether they are well protected when purchasing a new home. If such is not the case, this could cause considerable damage to your property. You will then have to kiss your new HGTV kitchen goodbye! Here’s what you need to know.

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A Homeowner’s Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Autumn

Canadian homeowners are too often hostages to their own homes a few weekends per year, overwhelmed by a plethora of issues caused by the changing seasons. Dead leaves, winds, the cold weather and heavy rains all provide frustrating experiences that can cause a range of problems and headaches for those who only wish to enjoy October’s Sunday afternoon football. Continue →


Disconnecting Gutters From The Sewer System

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Disconnecting Gutters

For several years, Canadian municipalities have been part of a program intended to reduce the amount of water treated by water treatment plants. At the same time, they are helping to reduce the frequency of overflows that cannot be filtered at municipal stations and that would otherwise be discharged into nearby bodies of water. The program offers several solutions such as green roofs, porous asphalt, adding a retention pond and disconnecting gutters from the sewer system. Continue →


Help Mr. Gutter, my Gutters are Overflowing!

Gutter-CleaningAs part of the Alu-Rex team, I am now known as the gutter “specialist” among my friends. It was thus no surprise to me when I got my first text message some time ago about a friend dealing with clogged gutters. Without a moment’s hesitation, I went on location to complete this first assignment at a small house in the northern part of Québec City. Continue →


Prevent Water Problems near Home Foundations thanks to Landscaping

Flower-bedsSeveral signs indicate that you may have water problems near your home foundations. Water falling directly near home foundations is not an issue to be taken lightly as it can lead to awful black lines on the ground, rotten window frames, water infiltration into the basement, or termite and ant problems. However, landscaping can greatly contribute to reducing risks of damage related to rain water.

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5 Different Types of Rain Barrels

rainwater-barrelRain barrels serve many purposes. In addition to being environmentally friendly, practical and economical, they can also be pleasing to the eye. Here are the main types of rain barrels currently available on the market.

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