The terms “eavestrough” and “gutter” are often used interchangeably in reference to the home. This is understandable, as they both serve a similar function, working to prevent water from gathering around the house. 

However, there are distinctions between the two. Let’s take a look.

Understanding the Difference Between Eavestroughs and Gutters


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. They collect rainwater, melted snow, and any other precipitation that accumulates on your roof before depositing it down the drain spout.

You are likely more familiar with eavestroughs, as they are part of your property. Eavestroughs are what you clean a few times a year, removing leaves and other debris, to allow for the water flow to remain uninterrupted.

Eavestroughs are integral parts of your home. They ensure water moves away from the house, preventing water damage to the roof, attic, and siding.


Eavestroughs can be argued to be a type of gutter, thus the name confusion. However, gutters are not eavestroughs.

Gutters are a more generic term and are essentially any repository for runoff water. 

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Typically, when referring to gutters, one is talking about the dip in the curb of the road. After a particularly big rainstorm or when the snow begins to melt in spring, you’ll notice a stream of water making its way along the curb into the storm drain. This area where the water is being funnelled is the gutter.

Region of North America

The country you’re in may influence which term you are more familiar with. Canadians tend to use “eavestrough” while Americans will more often use “gutter”.

While neither is technically incorrect, as gutters do move water away from the home, eavestroughs are technically the correct term. 

However, as the two are used interchangeably, you will still be understood by others no matter how you identify your roofing system.

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It may not be the most exciting household chore, but regularly cleaning your eavestroughs is a vital aspect of maintaining your home.

Fortunately, this task is fairly straightforward with few steps.

We break down the steps below and why cleaning your eavestroughs is so important.

Cleaning Your Eavestroughs

Why is it important?

A well-working eavestrough acts like a slide, bringing rainwater and melted snow to the downspout, which then deposits the water away from your home. 

However, a clogged eavestrough impedes the flow of water, and the water will find a different way to escape. This can lead to leaky roofs, interior or exterior water damage, mould, or damp basements.

Additionally, the bed of leaves in your eavestroughs makes for an inviting place to nest for small animals.

At the very minimum, ignoring your eavestroughs will necessitate gutter repair.

How do you clean your eavestroughs?

Step 1

Place your ladder under the eavestrough and close to the downspout. You will be starting at the spout and working your way out.

Step 2

Handful by handful, grab debris from the eavestroughs and place it in a bin or bucket that you’re able to hold at the top of the ladder with you.

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It is recommended that you tackle this chore when the debris in the eavestroughs is dry. This will make the job easier.

Step 3

Once you have removed as much debris as possible from the eavestroughs, grab your garden hose. Ideally, your hose will have a spray nozzle, as you will be using the water pressure to flush out your eavestroughs.

You will be working in the opposite direction as you were while gathering the debris. Start at the furthest point from the downspout and make your way towards it.

If you notice the water is not flowing freely down the downspout, it may be blocked. To unclog it, try spraying the garden hose up the downspout or use a plumber’s snake.

For regular maintenance, it’s recommended that you clean your eavestroughs twice a year- once in the spring and once in the fall. 

If you notice that you require gutter repair during your cleaning, don’t hesitate to contact a professional for further advice or assistance.

At City Roofing and Exteriors, we take pride in our work and by serving Calgarians. We work hard to assist our customers in providing proper roofing systems to meet your budget and needs. We guarantee that you will be satisfied with our work, give us a call at (403) 608-9933.

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