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4 Hazards Caused By Clogged Eavestrough

Have you neglected to clean your eavestrough? Here are some of the hazards of clogged eavestrough and why maintenance of your home exterior is so important. 

Homeowners often focus most of their attention on the interior of the home and its maintenance, but did you know that taking care of the exterior of your home is equally, if not more, important? 

Your home exterior keeps the structure and safety of your home intact, so you must regularly check aspects of the exterior and make repairs/replacements when needed. 

Some of the things you may want to focus on include: 

  • Gutters. Your gutters only work properly, and allow rainwater to flow away from your home if they aren’t clogged. 
  • Roof. Inspect your roof to see if there are any old or cracked shingles that may need to be replaced. 
  • Flowerbeds. Try to keep plants and shrubs at least 6 inches from your home because if they’re too close, their roots can work their way under your home and cause rot. 
  • Painting. Ensuring that your exterior paint is kept clean will avoid larger issues in the future and it will increase your home value. 

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4 Hazards Caused By Clogged Eavestrough 

The eavestroughs on your home serve a very important purpose, and while you may not spend a lot of time thinking about them, this feature of your home plays a vital role in protecting your house and property against different types of damage. 

While it can be difficult to clean out your gutters, neglecting them and failing to get them cleaned, could be damaging your house. Here are 4 hazards caused by blocked eavestrough: 

1. Roof Damage 

The gutter system of your house is designed to catch water and snowmelt that runs off the roof and channel it away from your home to prevent damage. When your eavestrough gets clogged, the water can seep back up and onto your roof, where it may cause rot and leaks. 

Eventually, the damage will reach a point where your roof will need to be replaced, and this type of repair can go up to several thousands of dollars and it may cause disruption to your home life. 


2. Damage to Your Foundation 

Your eavestrough collects water and channels it away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters are clogged, or in a state of disrepair, then you could be putting your foundation at risk for significant damage. 

The Foundation is One of the Most Important Parts of Your Home 

When your foundation is damaged, it will put the whole structure of your home at risk. With clogged gutters, water may overflow and pool up around the foundation which can cause cracks, basement leaks, and increase the risk of the foundation sinking or shifting. 



3. Rotting Wood 

When your eavestrough is clogged and water spills over the side, it can put various wood components of your home, such as window frames and the fascia board at risk. Not only can this water cause the fascia to rot, but since the gutters are attached to the fascia, the weight of debris can cause your gutters to pull away from the structure of your home. 



4. Damage From Pests

The pooling water in your clogged eavestrough can be a very attractive place for a variety of different types of pests. This is because: 

  • The water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes 
  • The accumulation of twigs and leaves can attract termites 
  • Birds may try to build nests in the built-up debris 

Birds and other nesting animals can cause damage to the gutters that will lead to the need for a replacement. Termites will eat away at the wood, resulting in high repair costs and you’ll have to account for the cost of hiring an exterminator. 


Have Clogged Eavestroughs? Contact Us 

Cleaning out eavestroughs can be a difficult and dangerous task, but at Chinook Exteriors, our professional team has the expertise and tools to complete the job quickly and safely. 

To find out more about our home exterior services, visit us at Chinook Exteriors, Calgary, Alberta, T3M, 0A9.

Alternatively, you can contact us at 587-999-7170 or fill in our online contact form.

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