Eaves troughs, commonly known as gutters, are almost as important to your house or any other building as the roof is. It collects the water that runs down the roof, channeling it to the downspout which releases it away from the foundation of the building. Gutters protect the building’s foundation in this way and also help prevent leaks in crawlspaces and basements. Some people use their eaves troughs to collect rainwater, though the habit was more prominent a century ago.

Eaves troughs can be made from a variety of materials including aluminum, iron, PVC and even stone. One of the drawbacks of these troughs is their tendency to collect leaves and other debris, making it necessary to clean them out every few years. This can be an exhausting and dangerous job since it often means climbing a ladder up to three stories high. This is why many homeowners choose to add screens to their gutters which protect them from debris and put an end to the hazardous job of cleaning them.

Clogged eaves troughs can allow water to leak into the house and allow standing pools of water that are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. For this reason you should have your gutters inspected every time you have your roof inspected.