Eavestroughs and Downspouts

Eavestroughs move water towards downspouts and away from your home. During a heavy rainstorm, they may move hundreds of gallons of water away from your home. Eavestroughs must be sloped towards downspouts and must be clear or leaves, soil and debris to work properly.

Managing Water: Roof Drainage and Basement Leaks

Most basement water problems can be traced to a poor roof water drainage system. If too much water is allowed to collect in the soil around the foundation of your home, water can leak into the basement. One of the easiest ways to prevent water from entering your basement is to make sure rainwater on your roof drains properly and is diverted away from your homeʼs foundation. A good roof drainage system provides better rainfall protection for your home than the weeping tile around your foundation ever could. Although weeping tile helps channel water away from your homeʼs foundation, directing water away from the perimeter of the home using eavestroughs and downspouts reduces the opportunity for water to enter along basement walls. There is a strong correlation between rainfall management (roof drainage) and dry basements.

Did you Know?

A 40ʼ x 100ʼ lot in Saskatchewan can receive an average 14” of rain, or 31,900 gallons or 144,800 litres of water.

General Maintenance & Other Considerations

  • Do return a downspout extension to the lowered position after mowing your lawn. Downspouts that land on grass usually feature an extension along the ground to help move water away from your house. These extensions must be in place and in the lowered position to move water away from the foundation.
  • Do clean your gutters at least once a year to keep eavestoughs and downspouts free of dirt, asphalt shingle particles, leaves and paper. These obstructions are often washed down by rain, settle in gutters and cause gutters to drain slowly and even overflow.