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The Orange County Home Inspector Talks About Rain Gutters

 The Orange County Home Inspector on Rain Gutters


Do you need rain gutters? The answer is yes. Rain gutters are an important part of the drainage system on you lot. Back in the day before building codes were established people simply built their house on the lot they owned without regard to drainage. When a house is built nowadays, if a lot is below a street elevation, dirt is brought in to raise the lot above the street so that the water runoff will be directed to the street and then to a storm drain. In cases where this is not possible drains are installed to direct the water to a sump pump so that the water gets pumped up to the street level. 


Rain gutters are for the protection of the soil around your house. If too much water runs off of your roof onto the surrounding soil, the water can affect your concrete foundation causing the soils to expand and contract to the point where it will cause cracks in the foundation which may lead to an excessive amount of stucco or drywall cracking. The excessive water will sometimes create erosion of the soil around the house and this can also affect the stability of your foundation.


Rain gutters also serve to protect the wood fascia boards and wood siding and in some cases wood doors and windows that would prematurely deteriorate from wood dry rot if they were continually being wetted by exposure to too much rain runoff.


Rain gutters can cost any where from $500. to upwards of $10,000. if your house is large and if you use decorative materials like copper. If your house doesn’t have eaves but a flat roof with scuppers then you will only need downspouts. If your house has no exposed dirt as in cases where it is concrete all around your house and you have surface drains then rain gutters won’t be big expense.


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