Can Defective Gutter Systems Lead to Foundation Problems?
Why gutters help
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 rainwater off the side of your home
– Prevent paint staining and mold and mildew damage
The most essential of these is the prevention of foundation problems. If rainwater 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 over time will cause cracks in the concrete. Also, when this pooled water eventually drains away, the resulting soil erosion can cause the foundation to settle, leading to uneven floors, chimney deterioration, and even floor and ceiling drywall cracking.
So, Yes Defective Gutter Systems Lead to Foundation Problems
Often gutter maintenance is overlooked. Leaves and other debris can fill up your gutters, blocking and prevent rainwater from flowing through the downspout. In addition, wind and other wear and tear events can cause damage to 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.
Before and after gutter cleaning