Eavestroughs have a very specific function: Keep water away from the building. Why is that so important?  Water damages buildings in many ways.  It can damage the outside, inside, top, and bottom. It can destroy the contents in the building and affect people’s health.

Drainage is extremely important. When water builds up on a roof, or in gutters and eavestroughs,  the structure gets warped and damaged, and can actually cause even bigger problems.  

Clogged Eavestroughs

When eavestroughs or gutters are clogged the water can no longer drain properly and be channelled away from the building or townhouse.

  • Water backs up onto the roof and sits there.
  • Water overflows and goes towards the building. Over time this causes damage to siding and windows.
  • Water overflows away from the building and causes damage to any surroundings.

Damaged Eavestroughs

Gutters or eavestroughs get damaged when clogged for too long.  This is due to:

  • The pressure of the mounting water
  • Water freezing and expanding
  • Debris build up
  • Nests and vegetation

Inproper Drainage

  • Damaged shingles: cracked, buckled, lifted
  • Damaged siding
  • Damaged foundation
  • Soil erosion
  • Condensation and mold in attics
  • Soaked, rotted wood anywhere around the building like decks and patios
  • Liability from entire eavestrough separating from the building structure and falling


Birds and Other Pests

Animals that are typically found in gutters:

  • Bird nests with our without eggs
  • Raccoons
  • Opossums
  • Squirrels
  • Chipmunks
  • Wasp, hornet, bee nests
  • Mice and rats
  • Mosquitos
  • Earthworms

Vegetation is another life form that will plant itself in a clogged gutter.  Weed seeds spread most easily by the wind.  All it takes is a tuft of seeds to land in debris and a weed quickly grows.  The roots grow even faster and they are aggressive.  They poke holes in aluminum and puncture roof membranes to find water. When it comes to eavestroughs, weeds are not welcome.



Eavestroughs are designed to drain water off the roof and funnel it out of the way. To keep them functioning, they must be kept clear of debris and leaves. Otherwise they become the perfect environment for various kinds of damage. 


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Roof leaks happen at all times of day or night.  If there’s water coming into a unit  it is an emergency.  Luckily Detail Roofing has roofing technicians available 24/7.

Is the Roof Leak an Emergency?

If the roof is actively leaking it is an emergency. You should not allow a leak to continue for the following reasons:

  • The water is breaking down the wood fibers and causing rot and decay.
  • This decay leads to mold growth.
  • The mold spores get in the air and cause respiratory problems for the residents.
  • Water continues to spread above the ceiling into ventilation leading to more interior damage.
  • Water come into contact with the electrical wiring and could cause a fire.
  • The source of the leak will get weaker allowing water in at a faster rate. The additional pressure will cause more damage.
  • Carpets, floors, furniture and other contents will be damaged.
  • The building structure will be damaged.

All of these consequences will end up costing more than simply getting the roof leak repaired as soon as possible.

Detail Roofing is available to make repairs day or night, 365 days a year so there is no sense in waiting and allowing damage to continue.

Is the Leak Coming From the Roof?

You know there’s an active leak but aren’t sure if it’s coming from the roof or plumbing pipes.  How can you tell?  Who should you call? Locating a water leak is not an easy task.  The important thing is to not wait.  Even if you’re not sure it’s best to call someone.  The worst that can happen is one contractor comes to the location and identifies that it is not a leak they can deal with and you’ll have to try the other contractor.  At least you’re one step closer to getting it fixed and mitigating the damage.

Chances are it’s a roof leak if:

  • It has rained or snowed recently.
  • Gutters have not been cleaned lately.
  • The ventilation system is not working well.
  • There is noticeable damage to shingles or soffit.
  • There are or were icicles hanging off the roof.
  • There have been major weather events lately. (high winds causing flying debris)


When a call that comes in at night because a roof in a townhouse complex is leaking and water is entering the unit be sure to call Detail Roofing for a quick repair.


Our professionally trained technicians and crews are available 24 hours a day to repair your roof system.

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