Does a house need gutters to pass inspection?

Monday, August 24, 2020

Gutters are not code mandated, with just a couple of exceptions. See our blog post Are rain gutters required by code? for more on that. They are, however, an excellent investment for keeping your home’s foundation and exterior in good condition.

    So a home inspector is unlikely to call out missing gutters based on the building code, but may note damage that is the result of a lack of gutters, and suggest installation of them as part of the repair. Missing gutters, combined with poor site drainage around the home, can lead to problems such as soil erosion around the perimeter of the home and subsequent foundation problems, or rot along the base of wood siding due to splash-back of rain falling from the roof edge. There’s also the possibility of  mold growth, or mosquito infestation from standing water. 

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Here’s links to several of our other blog posts about RAIN GUTTERS:

• Is it alright for a gutter downspout from an upper roof to empty onto a lower roof? 

Should I put gutters on the house? 

Does a home inspector check gutters?

Why do roof edges start leaking? 

• What is the average life expectancy of rain gutters?

      Visit our SITE and ROOF AND ATTIC pages for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.  

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