Can Defective Gutter Systems Lead to Foundation Problems?

We can always count on the fall months to drop leaves and winter and spring to bring heavy rains. What is often overlooked is where these leaves are falling. Gutter systems are an essential, but often overlooked, part of your home. The role of gutters is to divert water away from your home, which can help to:

–        Prevent erosion of the earth around your home

–        Protect the foundation of your home

–        Protect your landscaping

–        Prevent basement flooding

–        Keep rain water off the side of your home

–        Prevent paint staining and mold and mildew damage

The most essential of these if the prevention of foundation problems. If rain water is not carried away, it may pool in the soil around your home’s foundation. This can put a massive amount of pressure on the concrete foundation, which overtime will cause cracks in the concrete. Also, when this pooled water eventually drains away, the resulting soil erosion can cause the foundation to settled, leading to uneven floors, chimney deterioration, and even floor and ceiling drywall cracking.

Often gutter maintenance is overlooked. Leaves and other debris can fill up your gutters, blocking and prevent rain water from flowing through the downspout. In addition, wind and other wear and tear events can cause damage your gutters. As such, it is important that you clean your gutters and keep them free from debris to allow the system to function as intended, and protect your foundation and home for years to come.

If you need some help with gutter cleaning and maintenance call Precision Gutters @ 604-888-5112 or email us at info@precisiongutters.com