I will never understand why so few homes have gutters in Florida. We have more rain here than monsoon season in the rain forest yet every day I see homes with no gutters at all.
Gutters play a more important role than just keeping the rain off your head when you walk into your home or garage. More importantly they help direct water away from the foundation and exterior of your home.
Water pooling around the footers and foundation of your home can cause moisture intrusion. It can also cause unwanted settling of a home if an excessive amount of water is driven into the footer areas. Footers are the main areas of the foundation slab of most homes in Florida.
If you do have gutters installed, make sure to have the company doing the installation take the extra step of making sure the downward drain discharges actually discharge away from the home. A very common call out for me on inspections is gutter downspouts that just drain directly next to the home. This is actually worse that having no gutters at all because now all of the water from the roof is being directed to one area. Typically, this area is right at the corner of the home were the footers are actually located.
So if you are thinking about adding gutters to your home I say do it, but just have it done correctly. For anything you need to know about your home don’t hesitate to contact Home Inspectors Group for all of your home inspection needs.
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