Some Problems Resulting from Faulty Gutters

Basement water damage. Problem gutters can dump gallons of water directly onto the ground next to the foundation of a house. The water sometimes leaks through the foundation wall and can create water problems in the basement or crawl space. Over time this type of damage can compromise the structural soundness of the house.

Landscape washout. Homeowners may have to deal with damaged landscaping caused by gutter problems. Plantings around the home may suffer damage from water pouring directly on top of them, and roots run the risk of drowning if the water does not drain away properly.

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, be sure to fix any gutter or downspout problems before replacing or repairing the driveway, patio, or walkway.

Damaged fascia, soffit, and outside walls. These are the wood structures adjacent to the gutters. Problem gutters can compromise a home’s structural integrity by allowing water to damage the fascia, soffit, or wood framing of the house.

Leaking roofs. When excess debris clogs the gutter, water cannot properly enter the gutter and exit through the downspout. It may flow back up onto the roof and under the shingles, penetrating the layers below and seeping into the home through the ceilings or wall.

Cracked foundations. Loose fill dirt underneath a home’s foundation settles over time. When one section settles more quickly than another section, stress put on the foundation causes cracks. Excess water dumped next to the foundation by faulty gutters will exacerbate this issue by shifting the position and density of different areas of soil.

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

Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes need standing water in order to breed, and such water builds up in dirty gutters and at any of the gutter system’s low points, providing a prime spot for mosquitoes to reproduce for generations.