Issues Resulting from Faulty Gutters

Basement water problems. Problem gutters can dump gallons of water directly onto the ground next to the foundation of a house. This water sometimes leaks through the foundation wall and can create water problems in the basement or crawl space.

Landscape washout. Many homeowners have experienced damaged landscaping caused by gutter problems.

Undermined driveways, patios, and walkways. Excess water flowing into the ground near the house can erode the dirt directly beneath driveways, patios, and walkways. As the dirt is washed away, the driveway, patio, or walkway is no longer fully supported and can settle, crack, or even collapse. If you have already experienced this type of damage, fix the gutter or downspout problem before replacing or repairing the driveway, patio, or walkway.

Damaged fascia, soffit, or outside wall (wood structures adjacent to the gutters). Problem gutters can cause damage to a house’s structural integrity by allowing water to damage the fascia, soffit, or wood framing of the house.

Termite colonies. Because termites need water to reproduce and thrive, gutters that dump excess water near the house encourage termite infestation.

Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes need standing water, which builds up behind debris in gutters or at any low points, to breed. This water can provide a great spot for mosquitoes to reproduce for generations. These insects are not merely annoying; they may also carry diseases.