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How Gutters Can Affect Your Home’s Foundation

Gutters play a huge part in protecting your home’s foundation. Having a quality gutter system helps ensure that runoff from rain and snowmelt is directed safely away from your house. From the gutters, water is channeled into a downspout, which directs it safely away from the foundation. Be sure that your downspout deposits it at least 10 feet away from your house, and make sure your gutters are regularly cleaned and inspected to prevent clogs that can lead to foundation damage.

What Would Happen If There Were No Gutters?

If there were no gutters on your home, the water would just fall onto the ground next to your house or run down its sides, causing the soil around your home’s foundation to become saturated. This would result in a state of constant dampness that could lead to a number of problems that often require costly repairs, such as:

  • Bad odors
  • Warped or decaying wood
  • Mold & mildew growth
  • Peeling paint 

Such issues can also have a negative effect on the value of your home. To prevent them from occurring, make sure that you have a solid gutter system in place and consider contacting a Gutter Helmet dealer to learn more about the best gutter covers. Gutter guards will help protect your foundation by preventing clogs in your gutters. 

Signs of Foundation Damage

No matter your gutter situation, it’s always wise to keep an eye out for signs which indicate that your home’s foundation may be compromised. These include: 

  • Water leaks
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Condensation on the floor and/or walls
  • High indoor humidity
  • Bowed walls
  • Uneven or discolored floors
  • Spaces between the ceiling & walls 
  • Windows and doors that no longer close properly
  • The smell of mold or mildew

Contact Gutter Helmet®️ for a Free Estimate Today

To keep your gutters free-flowing, call Gutter Helmet today to learn about our unique Gutter Helmet® gutter guards and request a free estimate. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772 or complete our online contact form today.