Gutters and downspouts that are improperly installed can cause significant issues. Gutters that are not properly attached at the roof, that slope the wrong direction away from the downspout, or that leak at the joints can potentially damage both the roof sheathing (plywood) as well as the fascia, starter boards, and soffits. The photos below show various examples of these issues. Additionally, gutter and downspout systems that fail to convey water away from the foundation can contribute to sub-slab moisture intrusion problems. Moisture coming up through the concrete slab can damage flooring, cabinetry and lead to efflorescence and deterioration of the slab itself. Moisture under the slab in areas with expansive soils can also contribute to “uplift” of the slab and movement of the structure.

DISCLAIMER: The photos above are for illustration and reference purposes only. Your home may or may not have the issues represented above, and no legal representations, guarantees or warranties are made with respect to the ability to recover for the same or similar issues. The existence of a defect or construction problem, including those illustrated above, does not necessarily mean that there is a legal basis for recovery. There are several statutes of limitations, statutes, laws and building codes which will impact a homeowner’s ability to assert a claim and recover damages or other legal relief. Homeowners should direct specific questions to a qualified attorney.

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