Saturday, October 20, 2018

Want A Dry Basement? Invest In Eavestrough

Eavestrough is more important to the welfare of your home then you probably realize.

To actually understand the benefits that eavestrough's bring to your home you have to understand what happens to your home when you don't have proper eavestrough, or none at all or ones that are completely full of debris.

Here are some of the problems that can happen when you don't have eave trough or if they are improper or full;

  • water runs off the roof and lands next to the foundation. This can splash back against the house causing the wall and rim joist to rot over time.
  • water runs off the roof and lands on the ground. It seeps into the ground right beside the foundation. This water finds any fault in your waterproofing and penetrates the basement walls flooding the basement.
  • water runs off the roof and lands on the ground. It seeps down into the ground, right into the weepers around the house. The weepers bring the water to the sump pump that has to run more and eventually fails. Not only do you have to pay more for electricity for running the pump but you also have to clean up a flooded basement.
  • water runs off the roof after the spring thaw and lands on the frozen lawn. The water pools on top of the frozen ground and then eventually runs into the basement above the water proofing causing a flood.
  • Your eavestrough is full, the water backs up from the eavestrough and gets underneath the shingles, the water penetrates into the home and causes water damage on the drywall.
  • water backs up from the full eavestrough debris that has frozen creating an ice dam, the water penetrates under the shingles and damages the drywall on the inside of the house.
  • Lack of eavestrough on a roof section allows water to shoot off the roof and fall on top of a window on another wall. Over time the water damages the window and causes it to fail allowing water to penetrate into the home.
  • Lack of eavestrough on an under section of roof prematurely wears out the shingles below causing a leak. An entire roof has to be replaced because of one missing eavestrough.

 I could actually go on for pages about all the things that can and will go wrong without eavestrough or with eavestrough that are improperly installed or improperly maintained. The moral of the tale is that if you don't take care of them you will end up with water damage to your home.

There are many different sizes, shapes and colours of eavestrough so the best thing you can do is hire a professional to supply and install them. Remember that using a proper professional to install the eavestrough will mean that you get a warranty for the product and the installation.

Contact your local eavestrough installer and protect your home.

Rob Abbott
Village Builders Inc.

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