Problems Resulting from Faulty Gutters | Best Pick Reports

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.

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.

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.

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 ceiling or walls.

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 intensifies this issue.

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