How Do Gutters Protect Your Foundation?

How Do Gutters Protect Your Foundation?

When confronted with the prospect of a damaged foundation, you probably think of the usual suspects: raw materials of inferior quality, faulty workmanship, changes in soil, or even a pest infestation. You’d be surprised to find that the cause of foundation damage can come from your clogged gutters. How is this possible?

Water from the choked gutters slowly trickles down the side of the house to the basement, and over the years, it can become a big cause for concern. Unfortunately, most of the time, homeowners aren’t aware of the damage done to the foundation until it’s too late.

How Water from Choked Gutters Can Weaken the Foundation of Your Home

The first recommendation that you would get for preparing for rain or a storm is to make sure your gutters, drains, and downspouts are clean and dry. Anything stuck in the gutter (including twigs, dead leaves, animal carcasses, and pine cones) can choke the gutter. Add water to this equation, and you get some thick muck that will just keep building until it spills over. When this muck doesn’t get a natural outlet through the gutters and downspout, it will slowly drip down the side of the house to the basement.

Over many years, this pooling water will erode and weaken the foundation of your house. This can either create cracks or cause the foundation to shift, compromising the integrity and stability of your entire home.

Signs of a Weakened Foundation

There are several signs to look for that indicate that the foundation is being affected. If you notice any of these signs in your home, you should call in the experts. The earlier you catch the problem, the less it will cost to fix.

  • You see cracks in the floor, walls, or ceilings.
  • The walls are bowing or leaning.
  • The windows and doors stick.
  • The basement floor is wet.

Why Clean Gutters are Important

The gutter system’s entire job is to divert water and muck away from your home. Any rain that collects on your roof is directed towards the downspouts, which in turn carry the water to the bottom floor and expel it away into the garden.

If these spouts and gutters are choked with leaves and other organic material, the water will not drain through. If the gutter overflows, this water will find a place to go; the place it is most likely to find is down to the basement, causing extensive damage.

Protect Your Home’s Foundation

Gutters, drains, and downspouts perform an important function of leading water, muck, leaves, and other potentially harmful matter away from the place where it can cause the most damage. Just as the body has lymph nodes to filter out substances, your house has a drainage system performing a similar function, which is why it’s so important to clean your gutters often and thoroughly.

Cleaning drains can be a difficult and time-consuming job, requiring specialized equipment like harnesses and step ladders. It’s best to leave it to the experts. Get in touch with us today and let us do the hard stuff while you take some much-deserved time off.