Eavestroughs perform a critical protective function for your home. The rain and snow that lands on the roof have to end up somewhere. The place you do not want them to end up is in your basement or soaking through the roof. The eavestroughs catch the runoff and route it to downspouts and away from the foundation. A properly graded yard or a storm drain will then dispose of it with no damage to the house.
This deceptively simple function is more important than you may realize. If the eavestroughs on your home are damaged, water will end up where it is not wanted. If they are not draining properly, you can end up with expensive roof damage. Eavestrough repair is cheaper in every instance than repairing the resulting damage. Professional companies like Chouinard Bros can set your eavestroughs right in a short time.
One of the most common problems with eavestroughs is clogging. Pine needles, leaves and the odd child’s ball can all effectively clog your drain system. At least twice a year they need to be cleaned out to ensure proper water flow. While you are cleaning the eavestroughs take care to inspect them. Pinhole leaks can appear in sealed joints from expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature. A pinhole might not seem to be a big deal but it can lead to blistered paint from water damage. A sagging eavestrough can prevent water from draining properly. The standing water can wick under the roof. This can induce rot in the decking and rafters. It can also loosen shingles and make them vulnerable to wind damage.
Eavestrough repairs can be done at by the handy homeowner if the repairs are minor. Pinholes can be patched with silicone sealant. These kinds of repairs are a band aid solution. A sagging eavestrough can be lifted in the middle or dropped at the downspout to restore proper drainage. The key is a continuous slope to the downspout. At some point, you will have to make a judgment whether continuous band aids or replacement is the answer. A system that has been seriously damaged requires replacement. At this point it is wise to call a professional like Chouinard Bros. Professionals have the tools and equipment to do the job quickly and correctly. Extensive eavestrough repair is also a job for a professional.
Your eavestrough protect your home from water damage. Make sure your protection is working properly.
Please note: Chouinard Bros. does not recommend any homeowner complete repairs to their roof of their own. Our technicians are skilled at performing this work and have received years of training to understand how to complete repairs safely.