Eavestroughs: How to Clean Them and When to Replace Them

Your Edmonton home's eavestroughs are tasked with the important job of draining runoff from your roof and away from your home's exterior. Clean and well-functioning eavestroughs prevent water from damaging your foundation,

making its way inside, and flooding your basement.

The trusted exterior home renovations experts at Edmonton's Ultimate Renovations would like to give you some important tips for eavestrough cleaning and for knowing when it's time to have them replaced.

Eavestrough Cleaning Tips

Eavestrough can't do a proper job if they are clogged with leaves and other debris. The rainwater will simply overflow and fall near your home. Here are three easy and helpful tips for cleaning your eavestroughs:

  •  Use a sturdy ladder. To clean your eavestroughs you have to get up to them, and you should only attempt to do this with a sturdy stepladder than can safely support your weight.
  • Protect your hands. Heavy work gloves should be worn while cleaning eavestroughs, as youwill be working among sharp metal components. Protecting your eyes with goggles or safety glasses is also a good idea.
  • Scoop away from the drain. Eavestrough debris can be easily cleaned out with a garden trowel. Make sure that, as you scoop, you start at the low end of the eavestrough and scoop the debris away from the drain, working your way along to the higher end.

Signs That Your Eavestroughs Need Replacing

No matter how diligent you are at cleaning your eavestroughs, they will eventually need to be replaced. Look out for these three telltale signs that it's time to call an Edmonton exterior home renovations expert:

  • Cracks. Cracks, even small ones, indicate that your eavestroughs are starting to fail. Small cracks can quickly turn into large ones, so it's best not to ignore them for long. When water starts seeping through the cracks, your eavestroughs are no longer doing their job.
  • Damaged paint. Damaged, peeling, and bubbling paint below your eavestroughs are a sure sign that your eavestroughs are not draining water away from your home's exterior, likely because of cracks and holes.
  • Mildew. Eavestrough downspouts direct water at least six feet away from your home because mildew can easily form around your home's foundation if water is present. If you notice mildew around your foundation or, even worse, in your basement, then your eavestroughs are likely to blame.

Professional Eavestrough Installation in Edmonton 

It is not at all recommended to leave your home with damaged eavestroughs for any longer than you absolutely have to. Ultimate Renovationshas been providing fast and affordable eavestrough installation in Edmonton for several decades, making us experts on how to safely and effectively direct excess moisture away from your home.

Our eavestroughs are all made on-site using strip mitred corners, high-quality silicone sealant, and durable wood screws. If it's time for you to replace your home's old eavestroughs with new, durable, and expertly installed
eavestroughing, then don't hesitate to contact Ultimate Renovations today.
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