During a recent home inspection in Medina County Ohio, North Ohio Property Inspection discovered an often overlooked but important defect. On the home that was inspected, the downspout from an upper level of roof was directed into a lower level gutter. This is a common setup which, done properly, is completely acceptable.
In this particular case, the upper downspout was ejecting water directly underneath of the shingles. This can lead to water intrusion and can cause pretty significant wood rot on the roof decking and behind the siding on the vertical wall of the home.
The fix for this item is pretty easy. If the lower gutter is properly installed, an elbow in the upper downspout could be an acceptable method of redirecting the water. If there are any questions about the lower gutter's ability to handle the water from the upper gutter, it is strongly advised to connect the upper gutter's downspout directly to the storm drain system or to use a splash pad to eject the water away from the foundation.
Like most defects we see during a home inspection this is a simple fix, but if ignored can lead to large, expensive problems down the road.
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