(FAQ) Eavestroughs – Frequently Asked Questions

Eavestroughs, also known as gutters to some, are an essential of residential building architecture. While cleaning your eavestroughs or even having them replaced and repaired isn’t that difficult of a task, there are some things that you should know about them. If you’re new to maintaining the exterior of a household or have never thought about the gutters before, this FAQ is for you. Here’s everything you need to know about eavestroughs.

Are there different kinds of eavestroughs?

Gutter shapes and materials give different kinds of eavestroughs their names. There are a number of gutter types, like K-style gutters with flat bottoms and backs; half-round gutters; aluminum, copper, seamless aluminum, steel, vinyl, and more.

For the best eavestrough, seamless is recommended. These are made by using a roll-forming machine, making them easy enough to install for even do-it-yourself types. The only part that has seams will be the corners.
 

What are signs my eavestroughs will leak?

No matter what type of gutter you have on your house, all eavestroughs are built to retain only a certain level of water. All corners will be sealed and caulked, but some water might leak through these seams.

Otherwise, if you start to notice that your gutters are at max capacity with debris and water, this is a sure sign leaking may begin. You may have clogged gutters, which need to be cleaned immediately.
 

Can I fix certain leaks myself?

While it may be possible to repair leaking corners or end caps, leaks in the longer portions of your gutters will require a professional. If you decide to try correcting the issue alone, make sure you are using the correct caulk.

 

How can I clean my own gutters?

Though many professionals discourage homeowners from trying to clean their own eavestroughs, sometimes it becomes necessary, especially if you have a huge clog in the line. If you are going to clean the gutters, do be safe. Have someone spot you on the ladder and first visually scan the gutters before sticking your hand in the debris. You never know what you might find hiding in the eavestrough, include insects, animals, and other dangers.

 

What happens if I don’t clean my eavestroughs?

Most homeowners will forget to clean their eavestroughs once in a while. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. However, continuously ignoring this task could have serious implications. For one, when water overflows from the eavestrough, gushing out over the edges, this water stays near the foundation of your home. This causes erosion, flooding, and can weaken the foundation of you home. Clogged gutters are also not pleasant to look at and can decrease the value of your home.