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Getting to the guts of rain gutters

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With spring rain season ahead, gutters have become a hot topic.

Gutters and downspouts funnel water away from foundations or basement walls. An eavestrough system is a main line of defence in protecting a house from the elements of rain, snow and ice.

Options include fast-flow "V" shaped funnels that are installed to open the eavestrough leading to the down pipe two to four times bigger than the normal size. The higher flow can carry debris through the downpipe.

Drain guards may also be installed about three feet (0.9 metres) above the ground and are designed to catch the last small debris pieces and allow the water to run through into the drain. They are easily cleaned by simply sliding out the basket and removing the debris.

Gutter grates are another popular option, they simply attach to the top of the gutter and sit flush with the roof to deflect debris that would normally be blown into the gutters.

One-piece seamless gutters keep debris out while letting rain into gutters. They are made of heavier aluminum, are professionally installed and are a permanent solution that saves owners from paying to have their gutters professionally cleaned.

-- Postmedia News

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 13, 2013 F19

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