The most common defect found during Ogden, Utah Home Inspections
The lack of DOWNSPOUT EXTENSIONS. THIS PROBLEM SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
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.
The lack of downspouts can cause:
- -Major erosion problems
- -Large areas of standing water
- -foumdation problems
- -moisture concerns
- -basement flooding
- -exterior siding deteroration
- as well as numerous other costly problems
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.