Did you know that a rain gutter (from Latin gutta : drop), is also known as a “rain catcher”? And in Canada, it’s commonly referred to as an eavestrough. Whether you call it a rain catcher, eavestrough or gutter, its main purpose is to protect a building’s foundation by channeling water away from its base. The gutter also helps to reduce erosion, prevents leaks in basements and crawlspaces, protects painted or stained surfaces by reducing exposure to water, and provides a means to collect rainwater for later use. All gutter systems no matter what they are called, should be examined for cleaning and repair twice every year.