A few centimetres of rain can mean 1,900 gallons of water deluging an average sized roof. If not controlled by well-functioning eavestroughs and downspouts, over time this water can lead to severe roof and fascia damage. As well, water can cause foundation and basement problems if not led away from the building because the downspout is clogged. Damage to flower beds and soil erosion can also occur.
Regular eavestrough cleaning and maintenance can prolong the life of your eavestrough system. Eavestroughs can last anywhere from a few years or for the lifetime of your building, depending on the materials and workmanship, and whether they have been regularly maintained.
All of this leads to the water damage to roofs, fascia, and foundations that we are trying to avoid.
In some cases, eavestrough cleaning and maintenance can be done by the homeowner. However, if your building is higher than one story, or has specially designed eavestrough features, it is best to call in a professional roofing company.
Maintenance requires clearing debris by hand, using tools such as a trowel or eavestrough scoop. The downspout and elbow may be detached, taken apart, cleared and flushed. The eavestroughs themselves will be scooped. Any guards will have to be cleaned, and may require special techniques, depending on what kind they are.
Once everything has been cleaned, and the downspout and elbow are reattached, everything is flushed with a hose to check that it is draining properly, and there are no cracks or leaks. Then, hardware attaching the eavestrough system is tightened, moved, or replaced. And finally, leaks are resealed once the eavestroughs are dry, using special caulk. Cosmetic touch-ups with paint can add a final touch.
Fall and spring
These are the times to check and clean your eavestroughs on a regular basis. Both seasons place burdens on the eavestroughs in terms of leaves, needles, and tree seeds. As well, these times often have heavy rain, and, in the fall, you want to be ready for the winter ahead. If you are in a neighbourhood filled with trees, you may also need more frequent cleanings and repairs.
In fall, it’s also a good idea to get debris removed from your roof, partly because it can clog eavestroughs but also because it is a fire hazard. *See our upcoming blog post on roof maintenance.
Hiring professionals takes care of safety concerns, as well as preventing damage to roofing materials. Such damage may not be covered by warranties if you cause it. We provide comprehensive services, including:
In summary, maintain those eavestroughs and you are on your way to a cozy winter!
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