Aug 23, 2022

Five Ways Gutter Guards Can Cause Wet Basements

Water in a basement can happen for a variety of reasons including a cracked foundation, faulty plumbing, and house windows that have reached the end of their lifespan.  However, an often-overlooked reason for basement water damage is faulty gutter leaf guards.  Here are five reasons why your home gutter system can be to blame.

Clogged Gutters

Gutter systems can become clogged for a variety of reasons.  This can include the presence of leaves, pine needles, and twigs in the gutter trough.  If a clog is not addressed, water is not able to exit through the downspouts.  This leads to water spilling over the top of the gutters and towards the home’s foundation and into the basement.

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Leaky Gutter Guards

There are many reasons gutter protection systems can leak.  In aluminum gutter replacement systems, leaks can occur at points where caulking has failed.  Most frequently, these spots are located on the end caps and joints.  Over time, caulk can break down to exposure to UV rays.  Leaks prevent the water inside the gutters from exiting through the downspouts.  Over time, this can lead to a wet basement.

Sagging Gutter Protection Systems

When home gutters sag, it is usually a sign that the fasteners that attach to the fascia boards have deteriorated or are too far apart to support the gutter drainage system.  When gutter systems sag, they can cause water to overflow.  Because water follows the path of least resistance, sagging house gutters often result in basement water damage.

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Gutter Installation Gone Wrong

Most homeowners choose to entrust the installation of their gutter guards to a professional.  However, not all gutter hood installers are reputable.  Partnering with a rookie gutter replacement contractor can have catastrophic results.  If the home gutter system installers don’t use a level to verify the correct slope of the gutter installation, the gutters can hold water.  If this problem is not corrected, the gutters will eventually overflow which can cause rainwater to enter a home’s basement.

Here are the five questions you should ask your contractor before allowing them to proceed with gutter replacement on your home.

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Too Small Of A Gutter Drainage System

House gutters come in a variety of sizes.  Older homes are often equipped with outdated gutter systems that are too small to handle the volume of rain that exits a roof during a thunderstorm.  When gutter protection systems experience too much rain in a short period of time, they will overflow and eventually cause interior water damage.

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Homeowners in Minneapolis/St. Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities area have relied on the gutter replacement experts of Lindus Construction since 1979.

When you partner with Lindus Construction, you will experience the ultimate peace of mind because the LeafGuard® Brand Gutters we install have earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal of approval and are accompanied with a no-clog guarantee.  Contact us today to receive a complimentary quote.

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Dennis Z.
Barronett, WI
August 11, 2022

"Thank you so much for sending Tyler & Simon to my house for the install of my gutters.  They are totally the best.  The took care of my home like it was theirs.  They answered all of my questions without a problem.  They are both so very kind and considerate and I can't forget Jeff the inspector.  He made sure all of the work was perfect, which it was.  I am thankful for all of you.  Everyone is so nice and kind.  I'm very blessed.

Linda S.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 14, 2022

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Darrell M.
Lino Lakes, MN
June 9, 2022

"I appreciated: working with the Lindus rep, Logan, who moved the project along quickly for us; the delivery ahead of time so we could paint the downspouts to match the house color; and the installers who worked quickly and went the extra mile to paint screws to color match the downspouts. Very satisfied with all aspects of work."

Dan A.
Minnetonka, MN
May 29, 2022

"Thanks for work well done and attention to detail. We are very happy with our LeafGuard® Gutters by Lindus."

Jeff A.
May 3, 2022

"I love you guys. Love your service and work.  I’ve used your services four times and I will again if the need arises."

Laurel R.
Lakeville, MN
April 21, 2022
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