Capitol Gutter Blog
With our wet, rainy season in the winter months in South Puget Sound, homeowners sometimes discover roof drainage problems that can not just become an inconvenience, but can actually cause damage to the home.
This local homeowner had a two-fold problem. The deck on this home is built on a platform so that it would be accessible from the main level of the home. This is a fairly common design in our landscape because many homes are built in hilly areas. When it rained, runoff from the roof would overflow onto the deck, making it difficult to enter and exit the home, and also causing water to permeate the soil next to the foundation. Over time, this could cause foundation damage.
Secondly, the home has an overhang designed to provide protection from the rain when entering the basement. However, rain was flowing off the overhang and right back into the basement landing area, creating a muddy mess, pooling water and increasing the chances of foundation problems.
We solved these issues by installing additional gutter to catch the water then crafted downspouts to carry water away from these areas.
It is very important to carry rainwater away from the foundation of your home. Over time, repeated saturation of the soil can cause stress to the foundation blocks, eventually causing crack and leaks to from. Installing a proper gutter system can quickly alleviate these problems, and will cost a lot less than having to make foundation repairs.
If you have an unusual drainage situation, Capitol Gutter will work with you, providing a free estimate and alternatives based on your needs and budget. Don't let a drainage issue become a foundation issue -- contact us today for a free estimate.