The most common defect found during Ogden, Utah Home Inspections

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Home Inspector with UTAH INFRARED Home and Building Inspections

 The most common defect found during Ogden, Utah Home Inspections

 

The lack of DOWNSPOUT EXTENSIONS. THIS PROBLEM SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.


Most home owners pay little attention to their downspouts. The majority of Ogden, Utah homes lack any form of downspout extensions at all which basically defeats the entire point of having gutters.

 

Many home owners assume that since they have new gutters or nice gutters that their downspout extensions are sufficient. Such assumptions are wrong. Downspout extensions aren't usually provided by the gutter installation company because anything past the lower 45 degree angle is considered landscaping.

 

Not having downspout extensions can often cause more damage than if the home had no gutters at all. The whole purpose of gutters is to direct the water shed off the roof and away from the foundation. When there are no DS extensions, all the water from the roof is being dumped into one smaller area right up against the foundation.

Ogden Utah Home Inspection Defect

The lack of downspouts can cause:

  • -Major erosion problems
  • -Large areas of standing water
  • -foumdation problems
  • -moisture concerns
  • -basement flooding
  • -molding
  • -exterior siding deteroration
  • as well as numerous other costly problems

 

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Downspouts are very cheap an can be purchased at nearly all home improvement stores. Check your home for proper downspouts and gutter drainage and prevent many of the costly problems that can be easily avoided. The goal is to get the water shed ATLEAST 6 FEET AWAY FROM THE HOME.

 

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Marc Swartz
CPA, CA - Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario

Hi Brandon - The point about the six foot extension is important.  I will need to verify that my extensions are six feet long.

November 12, 2011 10:45 PM
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Brandon:

Not having extensions can create a serious problem with the foundation.  People should realize that having water continually dumped at the foundation is not good.  It is so easy to attach extensions during the rainy season and then remove them when its dry.  Makes sense.

November 12, 2011 11:01 PM
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Rob Ernst
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I'm glad that I'm not the only one that suggests this in my reports. I ask for at least 3 feet. Due to lot lines in some areas 6 feet is to long and you would be putting water onto neighboring property. Good information for all since the wet weather is on it's way.

November 13, 2011 12:41 AM
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Nancy Laswick
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Brandon thank you for the info I would never have thought about downspouts. A $5 dollar fix that can save hundreds if not thousands. Wow.

November 13, 2011 04:39 AM
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Joni Staples
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It sure seems like an easy enough fix! Thanks for the heads up, Brandon!

November 13, 2011 08:37 AM
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