I don’t need Rain Gutters!!!!
We don’t get too much rain here; they always break and just collect all the leaves.
Yes, you’re right. Most rain gutters are made out of really cheap material, and if not installed correct, the first snow will take them off; and if you don’t add protections the leaves end up in your gutters and you have to clean them.
No house should be without a roof drain system!
If you have one, make sure the water is directed away – if the drain is plugged it doesn’t do any good; if it doesn’t have any downspouts, you just concentrate the problem to a certain spot.
If the water is not drained away, it will sooner or later end up in your basement or crawlspace.
The consequences are wet walls, mold and damage to structural members, like floor joists, subfloor, insulation etc.
Even if you have a roof drain system, make sure the soil slopes away from the house on all four sides.
If you are one of the home owners who still doesn’t see the need of a roof drain system, don’t be surprised, when a contractor delivers a big estimate for repair work. Believe me, fixing a wet basement, or structural members is not cheap.
In addition, mold creates health issues, and wet areas are a breeding ground for mosquitos.
Just look at the pictures! This house is not even 20 years old; structural support members are already rotten, soil erosion, mold, mosquitos – you name it, you find it
Hi - this is Werner with Home Inspection Tennessee