Eavestroughs in Canadian houses are beneficial for diverting rainwater away from homes and thereby protecting the structural integrity of your house. There is more than one need to fix your home’s eavestrough. Nonetheless, the structure is also susceptible to a few issues that may affect your roof, home, and overall property. Here are ten signs to look out for in your home exteriors as well as interiors.
If you notice any gaps in the seams of your home’s eavestrough, it probably has issues. The gaps would allow debris and dirt to get accumulated in the space and clog the eavestrough. It can also destroy any gutter guard that you may have fixed to increase the lifespan of eaves. This may be because of any faulty installation in the beginning. As an immediate precaution, it is better to choose to cut the section of eavestrough and install a better one in its place.
Although tiny cracks in the eavestrough’s lining may not seem like a problem at first, they could gravitate towards huge damages within no time. These are caused by extreme climate changes which cause thawing and freezing of the eavestrough’s surface at a faster rate. Cracks may also appear in eavestroughs with time, and with natural wear and tear. If you let them be unattended, they can lead to leakages and cause damage to your home exteriors.
Waterlogging in eavestroughs can occur when there’s stagnant water in the panels. This is a result of the clogged downspouts with debris or dirt. The panels can also fall off due to excess water and water may also seep into home interiors. Waterlogging can destruct flashing and roof shingles as well. The entire house can become prey to leaks if you don’t address this issue at the earliest.
Apart from waterlogging, you may also come across excess water overflowing from the eavestroughs in some houses. The chances of water overflowing are high in areas where it rains heavily. Atop that, if the eavestroughs installed are smaller in size than required for that particular house, the panels would automatically not be able to pass all the water properly and may eventually break due to the excess water. It may also cause water to pool around the home foundation. Along with these repercussions, you may also see the paint of the home exteriors peeling off slowly.
This issue would be easily noticeable to anyone who glances at the house. You may see the eavestrough of your house pull away from the roof, and a visible space between the roofline and eavestrough is created. This can be due to an overload of water in the panels. Debris or dirt can also get collected in the panels, and they may droop down with the weight. You should replace the entire façade of eavestrough if you see this happening.
Changes in climate, constant exposure to moisture, and negligence to cleaning can corrode the eavestroughs. When corrosion isn’t checked for a long time, it can ruin the strength of the eavestrough and cause it to crack. Corrosion is a serious problem that can be the reason for water to seep through the cracks and affect the home exteriors.
Fascia and soffit boards are easily susceptible to rotting, and hence, arises the need to take care of it. This is because of stray water dripping from the eavestrough and direct exposure to the sun. The rotten surface would absorb water and eventually crumble. The chance of water seeping into home exteriors and interiors increases. You should replace the eavestrough before any major destruction occurs.
If your eavestrough system is working improperly, it would not only result in water leakage but also make way for mould to grow on the surface of the panel. Mould and mildew growing below the surface can weaken the structure of the eavestrough. Water trapped in the eavestrough because of debris freezes and forms ice dams. When the ice dams melt, the water gets in and makes its way in the interior of homes. Eavestroughs is a major pathway for moulds to grow on home exteriors and in the house.
Did you ever pick up screws, nuts and bolts laying near the foundation of your home? If yes, then you should probably take a look at your home’s eavestrough for any missing fasteners. The fasteners may come off loose because of natural wear and tear that happens with time. The fall or collapse of the eavestrough can be dangerous. It is naturally advisable to fix the eavestrough with new fittings and hold it in place.
Any dripping water from the eavestrough would pool around the foundation and cause its shifting or cracking. The soil beneath would get thinner due to excess moisture. Thus, the moisture that seeps through the ground would damage the structure. The leaking water would flow down into the basement. A wet basement can be cumbersome to deal with proper maintenance of the structures is recommended.
You may come across any of these issues with regards to your eavestrough at any given point of time. In those moments, you must consult a team of skilled installers who would be able to solve all your home renovation concerns in a jiffy. At MCM Homes, we use quality materials from reputable manufacturers. We follow legally set codes and regulations and commit to providing complete satisfaction. Reach out to us!