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What happens to my house if I don't have gutters?

Eavestroughs, commonly known as rain gutters, are essential to the health of your home. Often overlooked, rain gutters divert rain water away from your property, saving you from costly water damage. To better understand what happens to your property if you don’t have gutters, we need to understand why we need eavestroughs.

What are eavestroughs aka rain gutters?

Rain gutters, also known as eavestroughs are drains attached to your roof that collects rain and melting snow, channeling them down a downspout which is then eliminated where you direct it.

By directing rain away from your property, rain gutters protect your home from erosion, rot, and flooding. A plethora of problems await if water is not efficiently drained from around the house, and pools around the foundation instead.

What happens if there are no gutters?


Water that pools around the house causes erosion to the soil around it and runoff might flow towards your home instead of away from it.

Erosion will negatively impact your property’s foundation, leading to cracked walls and uneven floors.


Cracks in the foundation gives water a way in to your basement. The pressure from saturated soil (due to water pooling) around the house pushes against the basement walls causing cracks.

Even if the amount of water entering your basement does not look substantial, the excessive amount of moisture entering your property could lead to mold, which is a health hazard.

ROTTEN / MOLDY SIDINGS – compromises entire structure

Not only does it look unsightly, moldy or rotting siding is a key sign that water isn’t getting far enough away from your house. Water gets trapped behind your sidings, severely impacting the structure of your property.

Mold and rot trapped behind the sidings compromise the integrity of the property’s structure, and poses a definite health hazard for all dwelling in the home.


The constant pour of rain onto the ground from the height of your roof causes troughs in the ground, damaging your landscaping. These divets next to your property are impossible to fill as they continually get washed away.

This persistent impact from rain also causes a serious problem to your foundation as it can erode your foundation, leading to structural issues for your home.


How can continuous gutters protect my home?

Known for durability and greatly diminishing the likelihood of leaks that cause damage to your home, continuous seamless gutters from Xtreme Gutters are heavy duty eavestroughs designed to withstand the heavy snowfall and rain we enjoy here in the Okanagan.

One of the top recommended eavestrough installers in the area, Xtreme Gutters provides the most reliable and attractive range of gutter solutions for all your residential and commercial needs.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate or gutter consultation for your valued property today!

We take pride in our work and it shows!

Beautify and protect your home with Xtreme Gutters ultra durable seamless eavestroughs.

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