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How a Gutter Failure Could Lead To Water In Your Basement
house gutter during a storm

Making Sure Your Gutter Problem Doesn't Cause a Basement Problem

Have you noticed water seeping into your basement, even after a light rain? This could be due to clogged or poorly installed gutters. 

Gutters play an important role in directing rainwater away from your home's foundation. However, if they are not functioning properly, water can pool near the foundation, seep into the ground, and ultimately make its way into your basement.

Here are some ways in which gutters can cause water in the basement:

  • Clogged gutters: Over time, leaves, twigs, and other debris can accumulate in gutters and block the flow of water. When this happens, water can overflow from the gutters and spill over the sides, landing near the foundation. As the water seeps into the ground, it can find its way into the basement.
  • Improperly pitched gutters: Gutters should be pitched at a slight angle to ensure that water flows towards the downspouts. If they are not properly pitched, water will collect in the gutters and lead to gutter overflows.
  • Missing or damaged gutters: If your home's gutters are missing or damaged, rainwater can flow down the side of the house and land directly on the ground near the foundation and ultimately, your basement.
  • Improperly installed downspouts: Downspouts should be placed away from the foundation to ensure that water is directed away from the home. If downspouts are not properly installed or placed, water can land near the foundation and seep into the basement.

When water seeps into your basement it can weaken the structural integrity of your home, lead to mold and mildew growth, cause electrical hazards, and damage personal property, 

To prevent water damage caused by gutters, it's important to regularly clean and maintain gutters, ensuring that they are properly pitched and free of dirt and debris. If gutters are damaged or missing, they should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

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