Are Clogged Gutters Causing Foundation Damage?
While gutters seem a world away from the foundation of your home, believe it or not, clogged gutters may be causing you foundation problems.
If you do not properly maintain your gutters system, water can settle around the foundation of your home. The damage that can occur when this happens can be catastrophic. While gutter systems are designed to prevent this kind of damage from happening, if your gutters are not cleaned and cleared, they cannot work as efficiently if clogged.
A little bit about your gutter system:
The long channeling system that sits at the edge of your roof if designed in such a way that water drains from the roof and channels down the downspouts to be directed away from your home. This system is designed so that the water does not gather at the foundation of your home and cause damage underneath. If your gutter becomes clogged, the water will not correctly be directed away from your home and start to pool around the bottom. This is often referred to as a water pool.
What can happen when the water pools?
There are two main problems that can arise when water pools around your foundation. First, the soil becomes saturated yielding enormous pressure on the walls of your home. After setting around your foundation, the walls will begin to buckle pushing inward causing cracking. Second, when the water drains off after pooling around your home, the soil can erode causing your foundation to settle. This can cause cracks in the walls, chimneys, and cause uneven flooring.
If you get cracks in the foundation, the repairs to correct the issue is time consuming and costly. If not fixed, water will leak through these cracks almost every time there is a storm or even melting snow after winter. The exact cost to repair your foundation is difficult to state as there are many variables, however, you rough estimate on a basic repair has the possibility to run around $4,000 dollars. The cost to clean your gutters at least twice a year is just a fraction of that cost.
While you may think about cleaning your gutters yourself, remember it does come with some risk. It is best to hire a professional company so you can sit back yourself and relax and have the peace of mind knowing that you are taking steps to prolong the health of your home.