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When should my eavestroughs be replaced?

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A large part of maintaining your home revolves around the maintenance of the outside of your home. Most importantly, the maintenance of your roof. Clogged eavestroughs will eventually lead to water overflowing out of the gutters and onto the foundation of your home or it will collect onto the roof itself. Eventually this will cause leaks and water damage to your home.

Eavestroughs are often overlooked, literally, as we can’t usually see if they are clogged or not. A properly installed system will carry rain water from the roof and flow it down the side of your home onto the lawn or street. The idea is that the water is redirected away from the foundation of your home so that it doesn’t cause cracks from water damage later on.

If you are one of the many homeowners neglecting your eavestroughs, it’s okay. So many homeowners are overlooking the maintenance of their roof and eavestroughs as a part of that maintenance. It’s nothing to worry about as long as you do something about it sooner rather than later. If you have waited too long as it is, you may already be experienced a leaky roof or foundation due to poorly kept eavestroughs. Maybe you didn’t know what was causing it. We hope this article has sparked an urgency in you to fix the problem once and for all

Why waste money on repairs that can be prevented so easily? Many people believe cleaning the eavestroughs is a tough and gross job and while it can be, the better kept the eavestroughs are the easier they will be to clean regularly.

Water damage is expensive and it isn’t something that can be fixed easily. The best option as we said already is to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is all leading up to a very important question: When should I replace my eavestroughs? Do I wait for signs or is there an appropriate time line? Well, the lifetime of your eavestroughs will depend on where you live and what the weather conditions were like over the past several years. Signs that your eavestrough system might need to be replaced include:

  • Overflowing water
  • Rust or holes
  • Pinhole leaks
  • Beads of moisture on the exterior
  • Excessive ice build-up in the winter months

Once you see once of these signs, you should consider replacing your eavestrough right away or getting it repaired by a professional. Maintaining your eavestroughs and keeping it in optimal working condition should be a priority for you as a homeowner. We know you have enough to deal with, but your wallet will thank us when you don’t have to worry about the headache of dealing with water damage and cracks in the foundation of your home.

If you want to go with the time-based approach to replacing your eavestroughs, we suggest having a professional take a look every time you are looking into replacing your roof. The state of your roof will be a good indicator of what the eavestroughs look like. If you are looking for a professional to handle your eavestrough problems for you, give us a call!


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