Foundation damage The purpose of a gutter is to move water away from the house. Without a gutter, water falls from the roof and rests against the house instead of being diverted from it. Over time, this can cause cracks and other damage to the foundation of the house. Worse, more water can get into those cracks.
Even if you don't think about it, the condition of your gutters can affect many other areas of your home, including the foundation. If your gutters don't work properly, they could pose a threat to the overall integrity and safety of your home, reduce the value of the property, or cause foundation repairs and water problems. The most common problem homeowners face with their gutters is that they don't drain or channel excess rainwater far enough away from the house. If water can't travel through the gutter, it's most likely because the gutter has been clogged with leaves or debris.
This is especially common in the fall season, when trees drop their leaves. If you have clogged gutters, it can often result in expensive foundation repairs. Cleaning gutters regularly (at least once or twice a year) can prevent these problems from occurring. If you're still debating whether or not to install gutters in your home, it's important to remember the effects that not having gutters could have on your home's foundation and overall structural support.
Whether your house is newly built that didn't have gutters installed, or it's an old house (around 75 years old or older), it may not have gutters.