Uncontrolled Roof Runoff Water

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

If you look at the photo below, you will see evidence of why a home in an area that gets significant rainfall should have gutters and downspouts. The wood fascia, below the roof, has had heavy runoff water routed over it for about five years. Wood that is subjected to heavy moisture will eventually decay. Fungus is moving in on us here, slowly but surely.

If a roof have proper overhang, over the gutters, that wood will be afforded a great degree of protection. And that is very helpful in the long run. This home, like many houses that do not have gutters, is located in a heavy snow region so the owner is probably reluctant to install gutters. They can be prone to coming down when snow and ice collect inside of them. But, without the gutters, the wood is under constant assault in this wet northwest climate.  

  

         

              

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Rainmaker
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Suzanne Taylor
Home Sales In Corpus Christi, TX
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Nice view, we just finished putting gutters on our home, can't believe they did not do that when they built it.

February 03, 2011 11:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
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Gutters are great... I am amazed at how few homes in Arizona have them... when it rains here, the water just tends to smack you as you walk out the front door.

February 03, 2011 11:55 PM
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Bruce Breedlove
Avalon Inspection Services

Do they not paint exposed wood in your area either?

February 03, 2011 11:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Bruce,

That had clear sealant which is now bye-bye....too much water on it for too many years.

February 04, 2011 12:07 AM
Rainer
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Robin Risley
CRS, GRI, Principal Broker
Kamali Sotheby's International Realty

I agree that a gutter is very important especially at the North Oregon Coast.

It is also important to have something at the bottom to distribute the water so that the soil is not washed away below to hurt the foundation.

February 04, 2011 12:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Steve,

 

I see this a lot over here. And they almost never flash them on top of that.

February 04, 2011 12:22 AM
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Michael Thornton
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

 

Great post Steve. I am amazed at the harshness of the NW environment. I see moss occasionally on roofs, I'm sure, for you, it is a common occurrence...

 

February 04, 2011 05:22 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Sounds like a very harsh area with so much precip - rain and snow.  What do they do out there for water collection if they don't want to use gutters due to ice?  Here the capped gutters do pretty well for that.

A friend of mine is the local distributor for these:   http://www.kguard.com/

February 04, 2011 06:29 AM
Rainmaker
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John McCarthy
Realtor - Seacoast NH
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group

Hi Steven,

Gutters have their good and bad points. Up here in Seacoast NH, they help protect our basements from water seepage, but they also are the major cause of ice damming in the winter. We have moss if the roof is shaded by large trees. The roof in your photo does not appear to have aluminum drip edge which would extend the drip line out about 3/4" from the vertical plane of the fascia.

February 04, 2011 06:30 AM
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Charles McDonald
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions

This is another case of a picture being worth a thousand words. Thanks for the post.

Your Friend in Charlottesville

February 04, 2011 07:54 AM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

Jay,

They either do that or put on gutters they can remove in icy weather, if the place is small.

John,

That is true, there are good and bad. The flashing would be a good idea, but if you see the rest of the siding the pounding rain is impacting that as well. Splashing up onto it. That would still be an issue even with a flashing. By state law, here, an inspector is required to cite missing gutters as a conducive condition if doing a WDO report.

February 04, 2011 10:41 AM
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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS
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Keller Williams Greater Worcester

Steve,

Gutters are good to have and save alot of issues in basements as well.

Have a great weekend!

February 04, 2011 02:04 PM
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Dave Halpern
Louisville Short Sale Expert
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827

Frugality in the wrong place is more expensive in the long run.

February 10, 2011 05:04 AM
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