Eavestroughs play an important role in directing rain away from your home to help avoid water damage. Although eavestroughs don’t require much upkeep, dirt and debris buildup can negatively impact your gutter functionality. Taking a proactive approach can help you save time and money in the long run.
Keep an eye out for rust, holes, leaks and separation between your eavestrough and roofline. If left unattended, eavestrough damage can result in bigger and more costly issues. Here are three reasons to maintain your eavestrough:
1. Roof Damage
Gutters are your roof’s first line of defence against water damage. Without regular maintenance, you risk blocking the flow of water. The overflow of excess water can weaken your roof structure and shingles. This can easily be avoided with seasonal cleaning, especially during fall.
2. Foundational Damage
Any leaks or holes in your eavestrough can encourage water to seep into your home and damage the foundation. During winter, the frozen water can crack the foundation. Exterior wooden features like pressure-treated decks will also be more susceptible to rot from water retention, which can be costly.
3. Mould Prevention
Over time, excessive interior moisture from damaged eavestroughs can result in structural damage and encourage mould growth. If you notice mould and peeling paint on walls or ceilings, increase ventilation and consult a professional. Mould can be a health hazard and signify a bigger issue.
Remember to stay on top of your eavestrough maintenance and if you see signs of damage, consult Lyons and Island TIMBER MART. We carry high-quality brands and materials to complement your home exterior, and have an expert installation team for the job.