The most common defect found during Ogden, Utah Home Inspections

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 The most common defect found during Ogden, Utah Home Inspections



Most home owners pay little attention to their downspouts. The majority of Ogden, Utah homes lack any form of downspout extensions at all which basically defeats the entire point of having gutters.


Many home owners assume that since they have new gutters or nice gutters that their downspout extensions are sufficient. Such assumptions are wrong. Downspout extensions aren't usually provided by the gutter installation company because anything past the lower 45 degree angle is considered landscaping.


Not having downspout extensions can often cause more damage than if the home had no gutters at all. The whole purpose of gutters is to direct the water shed off the roof and away from the foundation. When there are no DS extensions, all the water from the roof is being dumped into one smaller area right up against the foundation.

Ogden Utah Home Inspection Defect

The lack of downspouts can cause:

  • -Major erosion problems
  • -Large areas of standing water
  • -foumdation problems
  • -moisture concerns
  • -basement flooding
  • -molding
  • -exterior siding deteroration
  • as well as numerous other costly problems



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Downspouts are very cheap an can be purchased at nearly all home improvement stores. Check your home for proper downspouts and gutter drainage and prevent many of the costly problems that can be easily avoided. The goal is to get the water shed ATLEAST 6 FEET AWAY FROM THE HOME.



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Faith LaRosse
Springer Realty Group - Wyomissing, PA

Very good point Brandon-- and only about a $5.00 fix to avoid thousands and thousands of dollars of damage!

Nov 11, 2011 10:53 PM #1
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Brandon,

I think this is a problem all over the country. Gutter drop at the door. No down spout.

This buyer will have to duck and run if they don't want to get wet when it's raining.

Have a great day in Utah.

Best, Clint McKie

Nov 11, 2011 10:58 PM #2
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good post. I have seen new homes with the same defect. You would think builders know about it.

Nov 11, 2011 11:10 PM #3
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I see this problem on about 50% of the properties that I preview or show.  I also get a chuckle when I see a "splash pan" intalled backwards, thus eliminating the "splash".


I love Clint's photo.  Looks like an outdoor bath shower.  All that's missing is the stall.

Nov 11, 2011 11:15 PM #4
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

It has always amazed me how people can have a puddle of water at the base of their gutters (next to their home foundation) and not realize the purpose of the gutters is to get the water away from their house, not simply to guide the water to the ground. Having grown up in the Seattle area, downspouts were a given, but not so much attention is paid to them in many areas. Luckily it's an easy and inexpensive fix.

Nov 11, 2011 11:30 PM #5
Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Brandon, you are so right that this is the #1 fix for homeowners & as realtors we see this time and timea gain...great post!

Nov 11, 2011 11:41 PM #6
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Good info to have, Brandon.  I'll have to take a better look at listings from now on.  Have a great Saturday!!

Nov 12, 2011 12:23 AM #7
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Fortunately here in GA we have dense red clay soil and a splash pan is typically sufficient, but there are many cases where extensions are warranted.

Nov 12, 2011 12:24 AM #8
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Great post! I like picking up good tips from Home Inspectors on AR.

Nov 12, 2011 12:27 AM #9
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brandon, I had to use the black corrugated piping to get the water away from my foundation. Thanks for the reminder.

Nov 12, 2011 12:39 AM #10
Jon Eliason
EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado - Pagosa Springs, CO


Up here you don't see as many gutters, mainly because when they are installed (Usually improperly for this area) the Ice and Snow will bring them down over the course of the Winter. I have seen, on more than one occasion, where the moisture drains toward the foundation and basically allows water to build up in crawl spaces below the homes. Many of the homes in this area have sump pumps to alleviate this problem, but why not get a proper drainage system in place to avoid all of the headaches?

Nov 12, 2011 01:08 AM #11
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You know these spouts can do much good in regulating and collecting water and at the very least preventing damages...good awareness post

Nov 12, 2011 02:21 AM #12
Anthony Daniels
Coldwell Banker - San Francisco, CA
SF Bay Area REO Specialist

Great post on what to look for in a home inspection, or just any visual inspection of a prospective property.

Thanks for sharing it.

Nov 12, 2011 03:47 AM #13
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Very cheap, easy fix! You don't even have to have any experience in construction to fix that one yourself and you don't need to be an expert to identify the problem. Good post.

Nov 12, 2011 06:19 AM #14
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I went to my local hardware store years ago and bought plastic extension for my downspouts. They are inconvenient because I have to attach them when it rains and remove them when it is nice weather but they are necessary to keep the area next to my house for turning into a swamp.

Nov 12, 2011 11:33 AM #15
Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker
Royal LePage Vision Realty, Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228 - Toronto, ON
Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada

Hi Brandon - The point about the six foot extension is important.  I will need to verify that my extensions are six feet long.

Nov 12, 2011 02:45 PM #16
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Not having extensions can create a serious problem with the foundation.  People should realize that having water continually dumped at the foundation is not good.  It is so easy to attach extensions during the rainy season and then remove them when its dry.  Makes sense.

Nov 12, 2011 03:01 PM #17
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

I'm glad that I'm not the only one that suggests this in my reports. I ask for at least 3 feet. Due to lot lines in some areas 6 feet is to long and you would be putting water onto neighboring property. Good information for all since the wet weather is on it's way.

Nov 12, 2011 04:41 PM #18
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

Brandon thank you for the info I would never have thought about downspouts. A $5 dollar fix that can save hundreds if not thousands. Wow.

Nov 12, 2011 08:39 PM #19
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

It sure seems like an easy enough fix! Thanks for the heads up, Brandon!

Nov 13, 2011 12:37 AM #20
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