If your basement has a leak, the origin may come as a surprise: It could be your roof gutters contributing to the problem. Learn how clogged gutters cause basement leaks and what you can do about it.
How Gutters Lead to Basement Leaks
If you don’t clean out gutters, drainage can become blocked with wet leaves, twigs, and other debris. Just like your sink gets standing water when there’s something blocking the drain, your gutters will stay full of water until you clear the clog.
Water can seep underneath the roofing system or soak through asphalt shingles when it can’t drain through the gutters. Once water get inside, there’s no telling how far it will travel. Often, you notice one day there’s a pool of water in the basement or water stains on the ceiling.
Now that you see the connection between your gutters and your basement leak, clean out your gutters, so they’ll drain properly the next time it rains.
For best results, we recommend that you clean your gutters twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall. This way, you can avoid ice dams or water damage resulting from heavy spring rains. […]