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Do You Have Gutters and Downspouts on Your House?

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By: Wayne Czybora

One thing that I think is way overlooked by many homeowners is the importance of gutters and downspouts. Some homeowners don’t have them at all. Perhaps they think their eaves extend out far enough to keep the water away from the house but the fact is very few houses have eaves that extend far enough out to keep the water at bay. There are others who just don’t like them because it’s just one more thing they have to maintain or they consider the downspouts that extend away from the house a nuisance/trip hazard.

Considering water is a house’s “worst enemy”, it is extremely important to have gutters and downspouts to ensure that the water stays away from the house and it is just as important to make sure that they are functioning properly.

Here is a list of common problems I come across during home inspections. If any of these conditions exist, they should be corrected as soon as possible:

• Downspouts do not extend far enough away from the house
• Gutters and/or downspouts are loose and/or damaged
• Downspout doesn’t line up with the gutter/hole
• Downspouts are clogged at the bottom

By the way, make sure the ground and/or concrete near your foundation slopes down and away from your house so when rains falls the downward slope will take the water away from your house.

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