Every homeowner knows the importance of having a functioning eavestrough system. It is responsible for redirecting rainwater away from your home’s foundation, preventing water damage and structural issues. Unfortunately, eavestroughs can experience several problems over time, and failure to address these issues can lead to costly repairs. Envirotech Exteriors can assist you with all of your eavestrough needs for your home or business.

In this blog post, we’ll go over the common eavestrough problems and how to fix them.

Clogged Eavestroughs

Clogging is probably one of the most common eavestrough problems. Leaves, debris, and other airborne materials can get stuck in the gutter, causing water to overflow or pool around your foundation. To fix it, start by cleaning out the debris with a scoop or garden hose. A power washer can also be used to remove any stubborn blockages. If the clogs are caused by tree branches or other large objects, consider trimming your trees or installing gutter guards to prevent future blockages.

Sagging Eavestroughs

When your eavestroughs sag or pull away from your roof, it can lead to water damage affecting your home’s interior and exterior. It often happens when the fasteners holding the gutter in place become loose, or the weight of accumulated debris over time takes a toll on the system. To fix it, tighten the fasteners or replace them with new, sturdy ones. You can also use a metal hanger to support the gutter and provide additional reinforcement.

Leaking Eavestroughs

Leaking eavestroughs can cause water damage to your home’s exterior walls and foundation. It can happen due to poorly install joints or cracks in the gutter’s material. To fix it, start by examining the joints and flashing for any signs of damage. Apply a generous amount of sealant or caulk to the affected area to close up any cracks or gaps. If you still face leaking problems, it may be time to replace your eavestroughs.

Improper Pitch

The pitch, or slope, of your eavestroughs is vital in ensuring the water moves toward the downspouts and away from your foundation. If your eavestroughs are not pitched correctly or are flat, water can accumulate inside the gutter, leading to clogs, leaks, and sagging. To fix it, you need to adjust the pitch by repositioning the gutter hangers or shimming the eavestroughs. You may also need to replace a section of the gutter to achieve the correct slope.

Rust and Corrosion

Older eavestroughs can rust and corrode over time, reducing their lifespan and effectiveness in redirecting water. Rust spots can become holes, causing water to leak through and damaging your property. To fix it, you may need to replace the severely damaged sections of the gutter with new ones. You can also treat minor rust spots with rust remover and apply a coat of rust-resistant paint to prevent further damage.


Eavestrough problems can be a headache for homeowners, but they can be fixed with proper maintenance and timely repairs. If you’re not comfortable tackling the problems yourself or need help, it’s always best to hire a professional roofing contractor. Regular inspection, cleaning, and repairs can help ensure your eavestroughs do their job and protect your home for years to come.