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MANDATORY DOWNSPOUT DISCONNECTION BY LAW

Toronto City Council has approved a bylaw making it mandatory for property owners to disconnect their downspouts.
Rainwater runs off a roof, through the eavestrough  system and discharges into a downspout connected directly to the sewer system.
During heavy rainfall, the sewers become overloaded, increasing the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways.

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To help deal with the problem, the City has made downspout disconnection mandatory, city-wide.
Visit the web page if you need to disconnect.

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Disconnecting your downspouts will help:

  • Reduce the amount of water sent through the sewer system
  • Reduce the risk of basement flooding
  • Reduce the polluted rainwater into our local waterways
  • Store and managing the rainwater
  • Using and paying less water
  • Protect your home and environment
  • Eclipse Roofing LTD offers skilled licensed downspout disconnection based on Building Code of Ontario.

SAVE MONEY,MANTAIN YOUR EAVESTROUGH SYSTEM

HAVE AN EAVESTROUGH INSTALLATION ANG GET THEM   CLEANED FOR FREE

Most homeowners and builders don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the eavestrough system. We believe that the eavestrough system deserve a little more attention, and understanding the importance of it may prevent costly home repair bills.

A properly installed eavestrough system will last 25-30 years. In order to last that long, you should maintain it regularly: .

  1. Clean your eavestrough twice a year: early spring and late autumn
  2. Have them checked if they are pulling away from the house
  3. Check if they are leaking or overflowing
  4. Clean the downspouts from any blockage.
  5. Consider installing leaf guards and heating cables to improve the performance and function

While some homeowner perform the maintenance themselves , others prefer to hire different contractors or the boys in neighborhood to clean their eavestroughs.

Eclipse Roofing offers long term plans on eavestrough cleaning.

Sign up for an eavestrough system installation or a minimum 3 years plan on eavestrough cleaning and you will get:

  • The first eavestrough cleaning, for free
  • Roof inspection every time we will show up to clean your eavestrough
  • The best plan you will ever get just for a few bucks

IS MY ROOF FIXABLE OR SHOULD IT BE REPLACED?

DON’T BE A VICTIM OF ROOF FRAUD CONTRACTORS.

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW BEFORE HIRING A ROOFING CONTRACTOR?

Roofing contractors are the most inspected trade from customers more than any other sector in the construction industry. The nature of this job does not allow for any mistakes, since any small issue may lead to enormous damage of your property.

There are thousands of contractors out there offering roofing services. While a lot of them may do a satisfactory job, When it comes down to choosing your contractor, it is more a matter of trust and credibility and personal preferences.

Be aware of one-night-stand roofing contractors and scam artists that show up at your door. Before you sign up the contract make sure you have the right answers to these important questions:

1.Are you licensed?

If you are a roofing contractor, it is required to have an up-to-date license. It is very important for a roofing contractor to understand and meet the requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC).

2.Do you have liability insurance?

Liability insurance covers accidental damage that may happen       to your property during the working process. If the contractor has no insurance liability, you could end up being responsible to cover the damage, which could range anywhere from a broken window to a burned house.

3.Do you have WSIB coverage?

WSIB stands for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and it is workman’s compensation insurance.

WSIB coverage is not cheap and most of the roofing contractors take the risk. If an uninsured employee becomes injured while working on your property, there is the risk that he might sue you and you may end up paying his medical bills for the rest of his life. 

4.What will be the warranty on my roof?

A roof warranty depends on the type of material used.

It can be 25 years, 50 years or a lifetime warranty.

When it comes to warranty don’t simply taketheir word for it;

Ask to have it signed from the roofing contractor and keep your copy.

5.Do you provide a written estimate cost?

A detailed estimate can save you a lot of headache and misunderstandings along the process. An estimate sheet includes details such as protection of your landscape, removal and disposal of the old roof, adding new elements in the roof or anything that would come up in the process. Before signing the contract, make sure you review all these details and the company policy.

ICE DAMS WARNING

A WINTER FREE OF ICE DAMS

Ice dams are a common sight in Canada’s long cold winters, but is this normal?

Ice dams can be sign of serious problems with your roof system.

They can cause damage both in your roof, inside your home, and anything it falls on.

HOW DO ICE DAMS FORM?

Did you know that more than 30% of heat in the house is lost through the roof?

As heat escapes from the living space through the ceiling insulation, the attic space gets warm enough to melt the bottom layers of snow on top of the roof.

When the water reaches the frigid air on the gutters, it freezes and creates  ice dams, which only grow as the melting continues.

WHAT PROBLEMS  CAN ICE DAMS CAUSE?

  1. They can cause The water to leak under the shingles
  2. The water can cause leakage in the attic, soffit and exterior wall.
  3. As the ice dams grow the roof, they can causewater backing up and leaking into the house  causing water damage to walls, ceiling, floors, insulation and other areas.
  4. Ice dam formation can get very heavy and cause eavestrough falling, property damage, and even structural collapse.
  5. Icicle falling and ice formation on the ground can be a real safety hazard for the occupants.
  6. The water can damage the electrical wire,  which can lead to a serious risk of electrical shock and possibility of  fire.
  7. They can also cause unwanted moisture and resultant mold, Whic can cause serious respiratory problems for the occupants

HOW TO PREVENT ICE DAMS?

Most of the heat loss through the ceiling is caused from the lack of insulation in the ceiling and attic, around chimney openings or electrical fixtures.

  1. Ventilate the attic through the vented soffit, allowing the heat to escape from ridged vent, roof vent or gable vents.
  2. Insulate the living space well to prevent heat loss through the ceiling.
  3. Insulate and seal the small light fixtures openings or other small openings in the attic area.
  4. Installing heating cables at the edge of the roof and leaf guards on eavestrough.