Most gutter problems are relatively easy to identify if you don’t mind a walk in the rain: Leaking gutters, poorly installed gutters, damaged or misplaced downspouts, or clogged gutters. If untreated, these problems can cause larger problems:
- Dump gallons of water directly onto the ground next to the foundation of the house.
- Landscape washout. Many homeowners have experienced damaged landscaping caused by problems with gutters.
- Undermine 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. If you have already experienced this type of damage, fix the gutter or downspout problem before replacing or repairing the driveway, patio, or walkway.
- Termite colonies. Because termites need water to reproduce and thrive, gutters which dump excess water near the house encourage termite infestation.
- 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