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Gutter/eavestrough, downpipe inspection and cleaning, repairs/replacements, leaf guards, downspout disconnection services-we are the leak experts in Toronto

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  • Ice dam Removal
  • Unclog ,Take apart
  • Enlarge and Add
  • Re Route and Disconnect to bring above ground
  • End caps
  • Rain Barrels
  • Repair-Replace one storey and more
  • Leaf Strainers

Complete eavestroughing and roofing services in Toronto, specializes in: eavestrough/gutter roof cleaning, inspections repairs , downspout/downpipe disconnection, leafguards and roof repairs . Complete eavestroughing and roofing services (since 1990) is Toronto’s best choice for eavestrough/gutter cleaning, repairs, leaf guard systems & custom seamless replacement eavestrough

The basics for downpipe installation and maintenance

Following the correct principles for repairs to downspouts/downpipes and disconnection where necessary is the key to preventing wet basements and flooding of your home. (Enlarging, re-routing, positioning, extending and number) are very important. Complete eavestroughing and roofing services in Toronto has the expertise in providing downspout/downpipe repair services. When it comes to downpipe repairs and the downpipe disconnection program in Toronto, it is critical that only a trained professional do this disconnection service, such as those who work for complete eavestoughing because serious water damage could occur if done incorrectly.

Purpose of the downspout

Downspouts carry water from roof to ground and away from house. This is important because all the water from a large area (the roof) is collected in the gutters and then flows down the downspout to create a heavy concentration of water in a small area. Unlike water on a lawn which is distributed evenly, so much concentration of water can overwhelm a basement wall and easily find its way into the home. The majority of a basement leaks are caused by faulty or incorrectly positioned downspouts.

When rain falls on a lawn or yard, it falls evenly over the whole area and is absorbed by the ground and is usually harmless. When water falls on a large roof surface, it flows into an eavestrough then through a downspout and then into the ground. Heavily concentrated volume of water flows out the end of a downspout and the size of the opening has a lot to do with the pressure inside the downspout . If the downspout is clogged or too small, in heavy rains this is like having a fire hose empting near a house.

It should be no surprise that faulty downspouts are the major cause of wet basements , mold formation, ceiling damage, landscape washouts, cracks in the wall and foundation , brick stains, patio and driveway damage , ice dam formation and other damage to the structure and foundation of your home.
Principles of downspout installation

downspouts should be large enough to carry water and not plug up or ice up large (3x3 or 3x4) downspouts are of one the best choice. Downspouts must always have a slope at all section or joints or water can back up and spill out. Use only small (3/8``) metal screw or rivets to join. Longer screws can trap debris causing back up. Use enough screw for solid installation. Firmly attach to walls by using downpipe straps and have it secured by wood screws. For securing to brick use plugs and screws.

At bottom of downspout install a section to lead water away from house. This section (called u kickout) can be a piece of downspout or flexible plastic hose. For walkways hinged flip up or roll up devices can also be used. For long kickouts with more than one pipe put support under the sections or attach to something solid(such as the side of a fence or deck.

A small circular piece (called and outlet) must be used to solidly join the eavestrough to the downspout to the downspout. This outlet is thin sealed it has to be watertight.

Top sections of downspout always fit into bottom sections. If it`s done in reverse the downspout will leak.

Elbows are used to go around obstacles or sections of the house. Use as few elbows as possible the more elbow used the greater chance of clogs and water backup.

Fit sections of downspouts together properly. Sections should only go a couple of inches into each other. Shoving sections in more than this can collapse and narrow pipes.

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Color match downpipes to eavestrough. If running across roof color match this section to shingles
in general avoid letting downpipes empty across a roof as this wears out shingles. Lead downpipe right into eavestrough. Always use same size of downspouts on any given run.

Leafguards and strainers if a downspout leads into pipe going underground to the sewer or weeping tiles, ensure debris doesn’t enter. Use strainer at top of downspout or install leadguards over entire section of eavestrough. A new type of strainer is also available which fits into a downpipe at ground level and avoids having to go up on a ladder to clean debris from strainer.

Positioning and number of downspouts

The number of downspouts that need to be installed -is usually one for every 25-30 ft. of eavestrough, depending on water volume sometimes more is needed due to building design. Slope eavestrough towards downspout at least 1 inch slope for every 20 ft. of eavestrough run.

Too few can result in water backup. If running onto lawns too much water at one place can cause ground erosion or kill grass and plants. Drill a series of small holes at bottom of the last few feet of downspout running across lawn to disperse water evenly.

Placement /positioning of downspouts
Plan downspouts so not to look like eyesores, avoid front of house if possible or place downspout and kickouts behind trees and plants or in corners where they won’t stick out.

Place downspouts where the bottom can lead water away from house. Try to avoid areas where people will walk on or trip over downspout. Avoid driveways or walkways as water from downspout can freeze and become hazardous in the winter. Place where ground slopes away from house, not toward house. If possible run downspout 8-10 feet away from house at bottom.

If a deck is in the path of a downspout the spout can either be routed along the side of the deck or under the deck. A neat hole must be cut at edge where the deck meets house.

If possible avoid placing downspout in shade if roof above is in sunlight in winter. This can result in snow melting off roof, entering downspout and freezing and splitting.

If downspouts lead into a pipe going underground they should be disconnected

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and brought above ground . Downpipes leading into clay tiles (usually red cement pipes leading underground) are especially troublesome. Especially in older homes and if section above ground starts crumbling, this usually indicates section below grounds is also crumbling.

If no other option is available to lead away from the house dig a shallow trench and run a length of flex hose a few inches below ground and cover with earth or grass. The other end of the flexhose can then drain on to the lawn 10 or 15 ft. from the house. The end can either be fitted with a cap or the top of the pipe can stick up an inch or two above the grass and drain onto the lawn.

Rain barrels can be used to collect rainwater. Place barrels where they will not obstruct people’s movement. Use a diverter, a device that allows water to flow either into barrel or on ground with the moving of a small handle at front of the diverter. Tree roots can grow into and break clay tiles. Plastic plumbing pipes in newer homes are generally much stronger and not so much of a worry.

Maintaining downspouts

If a downspout is properly installed, ie; the correct size, number and securely attached it should be fairly maintenance free.

Unclogging downspouts; most clogged downspouts are clogged at the elbows, whether due to an object lodging in the elbow or a build-up of debris(leaves, twigs, branches ) sometimes an object gets struck and debris then collects around it, screws which are too long are used to fasten the pipe, and debris collects and builds up around these.
How to unclog a downspout-tap the downspout with a hand or soft object, use plumbing snakes or hose. Take apart and clean each part thoroughly.

The best solution is prevention-install any of complete eavestrough and roof repairs professional leafguard systems and the eavestroughs and downpipes will stay clean and maintenance free.

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Downspout disconnect program

City of Toronto new bylaw of downspout disconnection

]if you need your downspouts disconnected from the city's water system as now required by law, complete eavestroughing and roofing services is the company in Toronto that can do the downspout disconnection for your home as the city wants it done.

Downspout disconnect program-city of Toronto by -law
The city of Toronto has recently passed a new law which requires all city residences to have their downspouts disconnected from the city's drainage system. If your downspout goes directly into a pipe in the ground, it's probably connected to the city's drainage system, and must be disconnected. Improperly planned and installed downspouts can cause serious damage to the foundation of a home. It is a job best left to a professional. We will send an inspector to your home to determine the best solution for your property, and provide you with a written quote. Our experts will ensure that the work is done neatly and properly.

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Downspout Disconnection
The City of Toronto is mandating that all downspouts are disconnected. This by-law is taking effect in three phases.

  • Phase 1: To be completed by November 20, 2011
  • Phase 2: To be completed by December 3, 2013
  • Phase 3: To be completed by December 3, 2016

For more information on the areas that correspond with each phase, an official City of Toronto map has been provided so that home owners and renters know the date to comply with the by-law.
We offer professional advice to ensure that your downspouts are correctly diverted and a Downspout waiver /exemption Service if the Disconnection is determined to not be feasible.

Tip: this program can actually save you money in the long run if you have us set you up with a rain barrel. If you collect your run-off water in a rain barrel, you can use the attached hose to water your lawn, wash your car, etc. This will save you money and the environment by using water wisely. Please call us at (416) 239-5494 for details. We are here to help.

Frequently asked questions regarding the city of Toronto’s by law regarding mandatory downspout disconnection

Q) Why is the city doing this?
A) In short, to protect both the environment and your home. When hundreds of thousands of homes have their downspouts connected to the cities water system, heavy rains can cause an overload on the system. As a result, backups can cause raw sewage to be pumped into our lakes and rivers. Serious rainstorms have even resulted in sewage backing up to people's homes. This is a necessary move by the city to protect our homes from flooding water.

Q) How soon do I need to have this done?
A) There is a 3 year time limit. However, we recommend acting quickly since there is a shortage of qualified professionals available to do this work. Waiting until the last minute could mean missing the deadline, which means huge fines.

Q)How does disconnecting my downspout help prevent basement flooding?
A) Disconnecting your downspout from the sewer system will help reduce the amount of storm water that is sent through the combined sewers. Less storm water in the system will help prevent wastewater from backing up through sewer pipes where it can escape through floor into your basement causing massive flooding.

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For more information visit Toronto. Ca/water or call 416-338-8888.
Book now to get the downspouts disconnected and other essential repairs done. (416) 239-5494
This will save you significant dollars in the long term.


What are the best Eavestroughs? ›

The most common materials are vinyl, copper, steel, and aluminum. Aluminum ranks among the best eavestrough materials because it can be formed into a seamless gutter, it is lightweight and it does not rust. Second in line are copper and steel. Copper is considered to be a premium material commonly used in luxury homes.

Are gutters and eavestroughs the same thing? ›

Most people use the term eavestrough while referring to the metal attachments on the sides of the roof. They use the term gutter while referring to drainage systems that run along the side of the road.

What is the difference between a gutter and an eaves trough? ›

Therefore, an eavestrough is a channel that is connected to the eaves, taking the water away from the roof and usually towards a sewer or drainage system. A gutter is a more general term. It could mean any place where runoff is stored or directed. So, an eavestrough is essentially a type of gutter.

How much does it cost to install gutters in Canada? ›

Most homeowners spend between $2,500 and $3,500 to install 100 linear feet of gutters. While installing copper eavestroughs, the cost might be as high as $2,500 to $ 3,500 per 100 linear feet.

What are the best gutters for heavy rain? ›

These companies provide guard installation and a better product that catches smaller debris and can handle even the most intense of downpours:
  • Best Overall: LeafFilter.
  • Most Versatile Design: HomeCraft Gutter Protection.
  • Most Eco-Friendly Materials: MasterShield.
  • Most Customizable: All American Gutter Protection.

Which style of gutter is best? ›

Most professionals note that aluminum gutters offer the best combination of style, durability, and price. “As far as replacement gutters go, you want seamless aluminum gutters with a minimum thickness of . 025 inches,” asserts Lowe.

How much should gutters be sloped? ›

A good rule of thumb for a gutter slope is that you want at least a quarter inch of slope for every 10 feet of gutters. However, this number can vary depending on the home's structure, the length of the gutters and the kind of gutters installed on the home.

How many downspouts do I need on my gutter? ›

If we have to sum it up in a single rule, gutters need a downspout around every 30 to 40 feet. For most homes, this means installing spouts at either end of a gutter section.

How do you install eavestroughs? ›

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What is the overhang of the roof called? ›

What Is a Soffit? Your roof by necessity, will often times extend over the walls of your home. This overhang can go by a few names, such as the house eaves or the rafters of your roof. The underside of this overhang, when given a finished appearance, is known as the soffit, which means “something fixed underneath”.

What is gutters around house called? ›

Whether you are calling them eavestroughs or gutters, odds are, you're referring to the draining system on your home. Eavestroughs are exactly as their name suggests: troughs under the eaves of the home.

What are eavestroughs on a house? ›

An eavestrough, a rain gutter, roof gutter, or surface water collection channel is a trough or channel that runs around the perimeter of a home's roof, and collects rainwater or snow thaw runoff from the roof, discharging it, usually to downspouts or downpipes which convey it to a drainage system.

How much does Home Depot charge for gutters? ›

A: The average cost to install galvanized or aluminum gutters is approximately $4 to $9 per linear foot. There are also vinyl gutters which are much easier to install, and which run at roughly $3 to $5 per linear foot.

How much should labor cost to install gutters? ›

The cost of a gutter installation can run between $880 to $4,400 on average, or $2.80 to $25 per linear foot. The national average cost to install gutters in the U.S. is $7 to $13 per linear foot, but higher end gutters like copper can run as high as $22 per linear foot on average.

What homeowners need to know about eavestrough installation cost? ›

It is going to typically cost approximately $5.54 each foot to be supplied and installed. The DIY Material Price is roughly $3.15 each foot of eavestrough.

What to know before installing gutters? ›

Everything You Need to Know About Installing Gutters
  • Choose the Right Size Gutter. ...
  • Don't Space the Gutter Hangers Out Too Far. ...
  • Pay Attention to the Pitch of the Rain Gutters. ...
  • Gutters Should Be Below the Roof Line. ...
  • Avoid Having Too Many Seams. ...
  • Place Downspouts Carefully. ...
  • Invest in Quality Materials.
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What is the best brand of gutters? ›

  • Best Overall: ABC Seamless.
  • Best for Seamless Gutters: LeafGuard.
  • Best Value: P.J. Fitzpatrick.
  • Best for Fast Service: All American Gutter Protection.
  • Best for Gutter Guards: Mr. Handyman.
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Are 5 or 6 inch gutters better? ›

6-inch gutters can handle almost 50% more water than 5-inch gutters. They are installed with bigger 3”x4” downspouts for better water management. 6-inch gutters are less likely to get clogged up because they can handle more water flow, and they come with a bigger outlet.

What gutters last the longest? ›

Copper gutters have the longest life span, reaching upwards of 100 years.

Are vinyl or aluminum gutters better? ›

Unlike aluminum gutters that come with seamless options, vinyl gutters are only available in sections. As a result, they're more likely to leak. The average life span for vinyl gutters is about a couple of decades because of their weather sensitivity. Aluminum gutters can better withstand adverse weather conditions.

Is it normal to have standing water in gutters? ›

Standing water in your gutters is not normal and can indicate a major problem. Gutters protect your home from basement flooding, mold growth, and foundation problems.

Do gutters go under drip edge? ›

It is recommended that gutters are placed under or 'behind' the drip edge of your roof. A drip edge refers to a component that hangs over the roof and has an outward projecting lower edge.

How far below the roofline should gutters be installed? ›

How Far Should Gutters Be From the Roof Edge? The gutter should be installed as close to the shingles as possible; no more than 2 or 3 inches. If the gutter distance is more than 3 inches, the rain will run off the roof and won't drain properly.

How far away from house should downspouts be? ›

The downspouts need to be extended away from the home a minimum of four feet, with six feet being preferred. When downspouts are connected to underground drains, it is very important to keep all debris out of the gutters, downspouts and underground drains.

Can you have too many downspouts? ›

This will ensure that you are taking the proper precautions to defend against potential water damage to your house. The average home has 2-3 downspouts. But every home is different. Realistically, you can't install too many.

What happens if you don't have enough downspouts? ›

Not having enough downspouts will lead to standing water and overloading of the system during heavy rains. And when they are not placed properly you open yourself to erosion around the area, structural damage and even insect infestation, all of which can end up being pricey to fix.

Do leaf guard gutters really work? ›

The short answer is yes, gutter guards work. While they can't guarantee that you'll never have clogged gutters again, they can significantly reduce the number of times you need to clean your gutters and lower the risk of damage to your home and property due to clogged gutters and sitting water.

Do I need gutters around my entire house? ›

Whether you need gutters around your entire house depends largely on the size of your house, as well as how many slopes you have dividing it. Properly installed rain gutters are highly effective, so it is often not necessary for gutters to run along the entire structure. That being said, it depends on your home.

How long do gutters usually last? ›

If you're considering having new gutters installed on your home, you may be wondering exactly how long do gutters last. The good news is that gutters can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years, or even up to 100 years in some cases.

What is the small room on top of a house called? ›

Garret comes from the old French word guerite, which means "watchtower" or "sentry box." These days, a garret has nothing to do with war; it simply means the little room at the very top of a building, which is also called an attic.

What is the space between ceiling and roof called? ›

Attics are the space between the roof and the ceiling of the highest floor of the house. They're usually full of insulation, and sometimes heating or air conditioning equipment as well.

What is the wood under the gutter called? ›

The fascia board is the long wooden board behind the gutters on a house. It connects to the roof rafters, closes off the attic and serves as the mount for gutters.

What size gutters are best? ›

Most homes can be satisfied with 5″ gutters. Houses with larger roofs may require 6″ gutters because they flow more water. 5″ gutters and 6″ gutters can both be used together for different areas.

Do all gutters need downspouts? ›

Your properly installed gutter system should also include downspouts that are securely fastened to the exterior of the house. It's important for your downspouts to point at least three feet away from the base of your home. This will ensure that water isn't pooling around your foundation.

How long should Eavestroughs last? ›

Most eavestroughs are made from one of three materials: copper, galvanized steel, or aluminium. Galvanized steel and aluminium eavestroughs typically need replacement every 20 years, while copper eavestroughs can last for more than 50 with the right treatment.

Can I paint my eavestroughs? ›

You cannot paint anything without using a coat of primer. This receives the surface prepared to take the paint, accentuating the preventing and sticking the gutter from an excessive amount of harm.

What is the purpose of eavestroughs? ›

An eavestrough acts as a rain gutter system for your home. This system acts as a channel that collects water around the perimeter of your roof, discharging it to downspouts or downpipes. This works to take rainwater and snow thaw runoff from your roof down to a drainage system to help you avoid damages to your roofing.

What is better aluminum or vinyl gutters? ›

Unlike aluminum gutters that come with seamless options, vinyl gutters are only available in sections. As a result, they're more likely to leak. The average life span for vinyl gutters is about a couple of decades because of their weather sensitivity. Aluminum gutters can better withstand adverse weather conditions.

Are 5 or 6-inch gutters better? ›

6-inch gutters can handle almost 50% more water than 5-inch gutters. They are installed with bigger 3”x4” downspouts for better water management. 6-inch gutters are less likely to get clogged up because they can handle more water flow, and they come with a bigger outlet.

Are Seamless gutters worth it? ›

One of the obvious benefits is seamless gutters are stronger and more reliable than sectional gutters because it is one piece of gutter which provides added rigidity and strength. Also, because seamless gutters are made up of one continuous piece of gutter, they substantially reduce the chances of leakages.

How long should Eavestroughs last? ›

Most eavestroughs are made from one of three materials: copper, galvanized steel, or aluminium. Galvanized steel and aluminium eavestroughs typically need replacement every 20 years, while copper eavestroughs can last for more than 50 with the right treatment.

What does home Depot charge to install gutters? ›

Q: What does Home Depot charge to install gutters? A: The average cost to install galvanized or aluminum gutters is approximately $4 to $9 per linear foot. There are also vinyl gutters which are much easier to install, and which run at roughly $3 to $5 per linear foot.

How much does it cost to install vinyl gutters? ›

Vinyl gutters cost $3 to $5 per square foot to install, meaning it'll cost an average of $800 to install 200 feet of gutters, with a high cost of $1,000 and a low of $600.

What happens if a house has no gutters? ›

If rain flows off your roof because you have no gutters, the water causes massive erosion, washing away more and more soil each time it rains. This causes your carefully sloped landscape to wear down, allowing runoff to flow toward your home instead of away from it. Erosion also causes the foundation to settle.

How much should 6 inch gutters cost? ›

Pricing depends on the material, gutter system length, delivery and supply costs, the home's stories, and the roof type and pitch. *Average home with 150 to 225 linear feet of gutters and six downspouts.
Cost to install seamless downspouts.
MaterialAverage cost per foot
Copper$12 – $25
3 more rows
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Why do my gutters overflow in heavy rain? ›

The most common reason for overflowing gutters is a clog somewhere in the gutter or downspout. These can be hard to spot, especially if your problem area is on a second-story roof.

What is the most common gutter size? ›

The standard size for residential gutters is 5 inches, but homeowners can choose 6-inch gutters instead. While traditional 5-inch gutters are a common choice among homeowners, 6-inch gutters can hold significantly more water.

How often should you replace your gutters? ›

They ensure water properly drains off of your roof, helping to protect the roof, siding, landscaping, and foundation from water damage. On average, gutters need to be replaced every 20 years. However, they can last longer if you care for them properly.

How long do seamless gutters last? ›

Longer lifespan: Seamless gutters can easily last over 20 years, even with low maintenance. A typical sectional gutter will only last around 20 years (assuming regular maintenance) and must be re-sealed every one to five years.

Do seamless gutters leak? ›

Seamless gutters are made by a machine to a length that specifically suits your home. This means that they don't need to be attached in smaller pieces as sectional gutters do. However, they can still leak, and gutter leaks can cause problems for your home's foundation, siding, and landscaping.

What's the average price for leaf guard gutters? ›

For a typical home with 200 feet of gutters, the average cost to have leaf guards professionally installed is approximately $1,000. However, installation costs can range from $300 to more than $2,000, depending on the type of gutter guard used and the difficulty of the install.

Do new gutters increase home value? ›

Outdoor Maintenance – Increasing the curb appeal of your home by repairing or replacing your gutters with newer, less likely to clog versions such as RainTech, as well as sprucing up or replacing siding, is a cost effective way of increasing your home's value, with a 83% return on investment.

Is it better to replace or repair gutters? ›

If your gutters are frequently coming detached from your home, a full replacement is probably for the best. It's possible that the fasteners are the problem, but if those have been repaired and the issue still isn't resolved, the gutters themselves are probably the issue.


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