Eavestrough downspout neglect can be a challenge when cold weather sets in and the leaves are falling. Keeping debris from getting in can feel like a full time job!
It’s well worth the effort however, as it can reduce the effects of ice damming, damage to eavestroughs themselves, as well as wood damage / rot to roof decks, fascia, soffit and siding. When eavestroughs overflow water can dump next to the foundation, cause damage to landscaped areas or allow water entry directly into your home. If water / moisture can enter your house, you run the risk of wood damage / rot, structural damage and mould growth.
There’s never a good time to inspect and clean your eavestroughs and downspouts, but there’s never a good time to have water problems in and around your house either 🙂