Gutters are hung along the lower edge of a house’s roof to capture water from rain or melting snow and allow it to travel away from the house to the ground. Gutters are angled slightly so that water is directed to the downspouts. This allows water to flow to the ground in a controlled manner. The ends of the downspouts are curved so that water is directed away from a house’s foundation. If a house does not have gutters or if they are clogged and not working correctly, water can fall near the house and form a pool near the foundation.
If water forms a pool near a house’s foundation, it can cause significant and costly problems. Pooling water causes the soil underneath to become completely saturated and puts pressure on the sides of the house. This pressure can cause the basement and walls along the bottom of the house to gradually push inward or crack.
When the water eventually drains, it can erode away the soil. This can cause the foundation to settle and lead to uneven floors and cracks in the walls or chimney.
If cracks appear in the foundation, water can enter the house and cause mold to grow. If the situation continues to worsen over time, it can eventually lead to structural collapse.
Debris such as leaves and pine needles can cause gutters to become clogged and can eventually lead to foundation damage if the problem is not corrected. An easy way to prevent problems is to clean gutters twice a year. You can clean your gutters yourself or hire a professional gutter service such as Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors to clean them for you. You can also install gutter guards to reduce the amount of leaves and other debris that gets in the gutters. This can prevent clogging and reduce the amount of cleaning required.