When people think of the causes of foundation damage, they often imagine that only big issues can result in significant damage. However, the reality is that many foundation issues are the result of little things that often go unnoticed. A good example is the clogging of the house gutters.
Gutters and downspouts make up the roof drainage system. This system is often ignored by homeowners. However, it plays an important role in protecting the home’s foundation from damage. If it becomes clogged by leaves and other debris, it can be the cause of significant foundation damage.
Gutters and downspouts are designed to collect rainwater from the roof and guide it away from the foundation. However, if the system is clogged, it will not work effectively. Water from the clogged gutters will flow out of the gutters and pool around the foundation. The soil near the foundation will absorb this water. This results in an increase in hydrostatic pressure against the foundation walls.
Weakening of the foundation
If you do not do anything about the gutters and the water pooling persists, you may begin to notice signs of weakening in your foundation. This includes the formation of house foundation cracks. These are a result of the inward bowing of the foundation. Ignoring the cracks will not make them go away. These cracks will continue to become wider and longer if they are not dealt with.
The appearance of house foundation cracks is often followed by water seepage. Moisture from the surrounding soil will find its way through the cracks and into the basement. This could result not only in a flooded basement but also mold issues. Mold is not only a nuisance but also a health hazard.
Deal with the cracks as soon as possible
If you have noticed house foundation cracks, you should deal with them as soon as possible. It is important to call in a foundation repair contractor to have your home inspected. This will help you identify the cause of the cracks. If the clogged gutters are causing the issue, they should also be dealt with before or at the same time you repair the foundation wall.
There are various options available. You may choose to clean the gutters regularly. It is best to have them cleaned after autumn and in spring. You may also have gutters with protective mechanisms installed to prevent debris from collecting in them. This will reduce the amount of maintenance required.
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