Can Foundation Damage Result from Clogged Gutters?

Foundation damage can result from a variety of sources, including expansive soils and poor construction materials and practices. But did you know that something as seemingly innocuous as clogged gutters can also cause foundation settling and damage

Can Foundation Damage Result from Clogged Gutters?

If your gutter system doesn’t function as it should, rainwater and melting snow won’t flow away from your home. Over time, clogged gutters can lead to serious damage and settlement problems that require the services of a professional foundation repair contractor

How Do Clogged Gutters Cause Foundation Damage?

Your gutter system is designed to catch the rain and melting snow that run off the roof and channel the water away from your house. If your gutters get clogged with leaves or debris, however, they’ll overflow and allow that water will pool around your home’s foundation.

Pooling water saturates the soil, which greatly stresses the sides of your home. This added pressure can eventually cause the basement walls to crack and buckle inward.

Over time, clogged gutters can also lead to erosion of the soil, which is a major cause of foundation settlement. As the water drains away, so does the underlying soil – and that results in sunken floors, cracked walls and other interior damage.

Preventing Drainage-Related Foundation Settlement

The first step in preventing drainage-related settlement is to be proactive in cleaning out your home’s gutters and downspouts. Check your gutter system for clogs on a routine basis and after heavy storms, removing debris before it has a chance to create a blockage. Take care of any clogged gutters promptly

You should also inspect the gutter system periodically, making sure the attachments are secure, the joints are adequately sealed and the downspouts are directed at least 5 and 10 feet away from your home. 

In addition, you may want to consider installing gutter guards. Guards can’t prevent all drainage-related foundation problems, but they can make gutter maintenance much less time-consuming. 

Other Tips to Prevent Foundation Damage

To protect your home against foundation settlement, make sure the yard is graded properly. If the soil doesn’t slope away from the house, contact a local landscaper or excavation contractor to have the property regraded.

Tree and shrub roots can also create problems for your home’s foundation. Consider removing any large plants that are near the perimeter of your house, or install root barriers to help prevent foundation damage.

Settlement often occurs as a result of soil expansion and contraction. Keeping the soil at a constant moisture level can help avoid damage. So, if you see a gap between the edge of the soil and your foundation walls, gently add water until the dirt expands to close the gap. Adding small native plants with low water needs around your home’s perimeter can also help stop soil settlement.

Have clogged gutters or drainage issues already created problems in the basement or with the foundation of your Utah, Nevada or Wyoming home? Taking care of repairs sooner rather than later is critical if you want to prevent foundation damage from getting worse. 

For expert foundation repair service at an affordable price, turn to Atlas Piers. As a trusted industry leader with over 25 years of experience providing high-quality support systems, our professional team has the skill to restore your home’s integrity. 

Contact Atlas Piers today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and foundation damage assessment.

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