Stay Dry with the Addition of a Rain Diverter

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In many areas of the country, the rainy season is upon us, and for some of us, the rainy season never really leaves! Living in a place where rain is a frequent part of life may mean that walking through a deluge can be not only a bit of a bummer but also a normal part of life. To stay as dry as possible while making a run from the car to the door of your home, consider adding a rain diverter.

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A cheap and easy solution to getting wet is a simple L-shaped piece of metal that you can buy at building supply stores or can even make yourself if you have access to sheet metal. What about gutters, you ask? Gutters are an excellent albeit expensive line of defense against rainfall, but in some cases, gutters are not present or do not extend far enough down your home; it is in cases such as these that a rain diverter may be of great use to you. It is also possible to use a straight rain diverter to direct rain water into gutters as well, making gutters and diverters work together at the same time.

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For a rain diverter to work properly, it will need to be approximately a foot or so longer than the area you wish to keep dry. This will force rain flow away from the area where you place it, such as over a threshold. It will need to be centered in the area you wish to locate it but positioned so that one side is slightly lower than the other in order to enable proper drainage; a difference of one inch is perfectly adequate in most cases.

Once you have your location selected, it will be necessary to pry loose some shingles in order to secure your rain diverter in place. This can be done with a tool such as a pry bar but take care not to break shingles in the process. Lift up shingles and slide your diverter into position, then nail it securely in place with roofing nails which will then need to be coated with roofing cement to prevent leaks. Feel free to also use roofing cement on any gaps between the diverter and shingles as well to aid in the correct routing of rain water as well as the further prevention of leaks.

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With your rain diverter in place, you are now on your way to staying that much drier while entering and departing from your home. As the flow of rain is diverted away from your door, chances of steps and porches staying dry are increased, aiding in the prevention of slips and falls on wet footing. In the absence of gutters, or even when working with gutters, a rain diverter is perfectly capable of saving you from getting soaked. Just be sure to keep it free of leaf litter and it will serve you for many years to come!

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