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Why Should I Put Gutters on My Home?

Many people ask me why they should put gutters on their home.  In the Dallas area, it's easy.  The answer is because of the expansive, clay soils and the gutters help maintain a more equal balance of water distribution around the foundation.

In Austin, the answer is a little more complicated as most foundations are sitting on rock and not clay soil.  However, you still need to have a consistant amount of moisture around the foundation to make sure the house is breathing and moving properly.

So, the easy answer to why you need gutters is because you don't want this to happen or your yard to flatten out like this:

House with no Gutters

House with no gutters

My new house only has partial gutters and we haven't put up full gutters yet, and this is just a reminder that the full gutters will make a huge difference once installed.

And even when you have gutters, sometimes they need to be adjusted.  Look at the below picture of how water is pooling around my house as it's trapped in the flowerbed instead of on a slope.

I'm excited about the rain as we really need it. If we're going to wakeboard this year and take Alyssa out on the boat, we need more water in the lakes around here.

Plus, my Topsy Turvey Tomato plant could use a good soaking.  Those tomatoes are getting pretty big!

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Comment balloon 15 commentsDonna Harris • May 16 2009 01:13PM

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Gutters are like real estate: it's all about location.

They are very popular in the Northeast but not always a good idea because of ice dams.  A better solution for Maine winters: perimeter drains and crushed stone to wick the water away from the foundation.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) over 9 years ago

Donna, I've written about the need for gutters and proper drainage many times. Once, while in the corporate world of home building, I had a traveling seminar on drainage where I explained the basket ball theory of drainage. The theory is that if a ball doesn't roll away from your foundation, you have a drainage problem.  Not only does it affect the things you mentioned, allowing water to pond next to the foundation creates leaky basements, wet crawlspaces, and the potential for mold and mildew growth.

Once you do install gutters make certain that the water they collect drains away from the foundation.  Good luck.

 

 

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 9 years ago

Margaret, I bet crushed stone looks pretty.

John, We don't have too many of the issues you mentioned as basements are few and far between, and most homes are slabs without crawl spaces, but when clay soil heaves on one side of the house and not the other, the foundation cracks and lets the moisture in that way causing some of the problems you mentioned like mold and mildew.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

I need gutters on my home too.  I've thought about in the past but just haven't made the appt.  Shame on me. 

I get puddles around the entrance of my home.  It drives me crazy.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) over 9 years ago

Donna, great illustration. Our last house, which was missing the gutters, had this exact problem with the water deluge running off into the flower beds and mushing up the flowers.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Donna you are so right! There is expansive clay in different parts of Austin and it's a great way to keep the moisture content under and around your foundation stable. Looks like you are enjoying our rainy weather! It's been a nice change in our prolonged dry spell!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Angelia, Definitely make the call!

Gary, And I'm sure you made sure your next house had gutters!

Russell, It rained the entire first week I was here!!  Did you get my email from a few days ago?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Donna, please tell me that you didn't plant anything needing water at your foundation.

Posted by Laurie Mindnich over 9 years ago

HA  I could certainly see that happening.  I was pretty sure that rain gutters came standard.  Is that not the case down south???

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 9 years ago

Donna-Great reminder for the need of gutters on your home.

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna, I did get your email and will give you a call next week!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Options, Of course not... except some little plants which don't need much.

John, No, they don't come standard. Many of the North Texas builders in the higher ranges are starting to put them standard, but they're usually an upgrade for lots of builders. I figured in "this" price range, they would be included, but they only include partial gutters at the main sections.

Joseph, Thanks!

Russell, Got it!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Donna - Its always important to make sure your water drains away from your foundation. Flower beds are great but try to avoid pooling. Recently I've seen some folks collecting rainwater into a rain barrel, that way they can use the rainwater to water plants. Glad you got moved and settled, hope you are enjoying your new home.

Posted by Carl Winters over 9 years ago

Donna,

Those tomato plants are pretty cool!  Wonder if they would thrive in our desert heat?  Tomorrow's high will be 102!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

C & C, I'm afraid of mosquitos as they LOVE me, so I couldn't collect rain water unless it was completely underground.

Mike, As long as they can get some shade during the day, the heat is ok.  I have it under the tree so the branches shade it a little, but we get some HOT heat verse your dry heat.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

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