How Gutters Can Save your Foundation from Damage

Gutters are your number one defense from water damage.

They are on the front lines when a big storm comes and you need to keep water away from your home, such as your siding, foundation, and more.

Let’s talk about home gutters can save your foundation from serious damage and expensive fixes.

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Rain Gutters Protect Your Foundation From Water Damage

Rain gutters protect your foundation from water damage. When it rains, water runs down your roof and into your gutters, then it flows down your downspouts and away from your home. Without gutters, the rain will hit your siding and your foundation. The repeated exposure to water can wear down your foundation and develop cracks, leading to expensive fixes.

Foundation damage is not cheap to fix and can lead to structural issues with your home, such as your walls and ceiling cracking. On average, it costs $4,968 to repair a foundation, but depending on the damages can cost up to $15,000 (according to data collected by

In comparison, the cost of gutters is a fraction of the price of repairs to your foundation. This is not including other damages water may cause to your home such as:

  • Siding
  • Soil erosion
  • Basement flooding
  • Water in ceilings
  • Water damaged trim
  • And more

Let’s talk about the foundation issues you may experience without gutters.

Expect Foundation Repair If You Don’t Have Gutters

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If you don’t have gutters, you are leaving your foundation unprotected.

The foundation is what your home rests upon. It keeps your entire home properly situated and aligned. Any changes to the foundation can mess with the structural integrity of your home.

Without gutters, over a long enough period of time, you can expect the water that falls from your eaves (roofline), to fall and hit your foundation. This can lead to your foundation slowly wearing away over time. Cracks will also start to form, showing that the structural integrity of the foundation is wearing down.

After cracks have formed in your foundation, chunks of concrete may begin to fall off. You’ll notice parts of your home begin to hang over areas where the foundation used to be.

Here are signs you may foundation issues:

  • Exterior walls cracking: If your exterior is cracking, it is a sign your home is shifting due to your foundation problems.
  • Interior walls cracking: With interior walls cracking, your home could be shifting due to your foundation.
  • Floors bouncing: You’ll notice your floors are bouncing and sound different, a big indication your foundation has issue.
  • Cabinets separating from walls: If your cabinets are separating from the walls, your foundation might have structural issues.
  • Smell of mildew: If you foundation is failing, it’s possible your pipes are moving and dripping water, leading to a mildew smell.
  • Siding is warped or cracked: Warped or cracked siding is a sign of water damage and your home shifting slowly.
  • Sinking ground: If the ground is sinking, your home may located on a marsh or ground that isn’t solid, making your foundation move.

If you notice these signs, it may be a good idea to speak to contractor to give you an idea if any work is needed on your home.

What Else do Gutters Protect?

On top of protecting your foundation, your gutters do a lot of work to protect your home from water damage. Here are some of the functions of your gutters.

Gutters Protect your Siding

Your gutters catch all of the water that falls of roof, water that would have otherwise hit your siding. This prevents your siding from getting dirty (such as those ugly tiger/water stripes).

Your gutters will also keep the siding from developing water damage. You will notice signs of water damage if you can see your siding expand and get soft or if you notice it sagging at all.

Siding repairs are not cheap and are important part of your home’s curb appeal.

Gutters Protect your Landscaping

Without gutters, the water that runs off from your roof will hit your landscaping at a fast speed.

This can wear down the soil around your home and wash away stuff like grass, flowers, bushes, and more. If you notice muddy holes forming around the eaves of your home, that is a sign that you are suffering from this problem.

With gutters you can choose where to place your downspouts, so that all of the water can be escorted to whatever area you deem is best. Usually it can be directed to a downward sloping area, so the water will move away from your home.

Gutters Protect your Basement from Flooding

Basement flooding is a common side effect of not having gutters (or gutters that aren’t working properly).

Without gutters, you are leaving the water runoff from your roof in the universe’s hands. Sometimes that water can end up flowing to areas you really don’t want it to go to, such as your basement.

Considering that its normal for water to flow to the lowest point, your basement often becomes an unwanted location for rainwater after a storm.

Luckily, with gutters you can direct the water away from your basement so you can protect it from water damage.

Gutters Protect your Ceilings

In a worse case scenario, rainwater can make its way into your home, usually through your siding or shingles. This water will seep into your walls and ceilings.

You’ll begin to notice a mildew smell, a huge indicator that you may have water damage. Then you will notice spots on your ceiling that turn yellow and begin to sag.

Without gutters, problems like this are more common, as you have less protection from the elements.

Nobody wants water making it to the interior of their home, and gutters can be a good way to help prevent that.

Get in Contact with a Contractor Today

If you are looking to get gutters installed, you can either look at installing gutters yourself, or getting in contact with a contractor. If you want the best price and value, it’s recommended to get several quotes so you can get the best price and get a feel for the experience of each contractor.

Once you find the right contractor, you’ll want to make sure they do the job in an ideal way for your home.

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