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     Finding leaking and overflowing gutters when it is raining is a lot easier than determining if they will leak or will overflow if it is not raining.  One thing that inspectors look for when it is not raining is impact marks on the ground under areas of overflowing and leaking.  Often times these will show up as hollowed out areas or as washed gravely areas.  In the first picture note the "moss" ring around the washed area indicating that this area stays wetter than the surrounding ground.overflowoverflow








      Sometimes it is decay or rot where a deck surface doesn't have a chance to dry out due to continual dripping of the gutters. Like in the picture below, where the leaking "sectional" type gutter continually leaks water due to improper sloping of the gutter (gutter has standing water).worn deckleaking







     These sectional type gutters are much more prone to leaking than ones with no seams.  Leaking at the joints can cause hidden decay/rot to the fascia where they leak as well as damage surfaces below.  When leaks occur over walkways, icing and moss growth can create slippery conditions  leading to falls.  In the next picture we can see the obvious potential for issues from the leaking gutter.  Some leaks like this might not show up at the time of inspection.  In this case I was "lucky" enough for the stairs to still be wet.water on stairs














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Comment balloon 7 commentsCharles Buell • March 26 2008 09:07AM


Posted by KEITH KELLER (KELLER REALTY AND AUCTION) almost 11 years ago
Great information for me as a Realtor and some really good information to pass along to my clients.
Posted by Dwayne West, Canton Georgia Real Estate (Atlanta Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Charles,  Your informational posts are the BEST!  I am fortunate to already understand all of the info you share, but what is most impressive and educational for me is seeing the way you present and illustrate the information to those that don't know it.  Outstanding, keep up the great work, you make a difference!
Posted by David Holden, DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit (DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit County Home Inspector) almost 11 years ago
Good post Charles. I always look for tell-tale signs of leaking at seams and end-caps. You were lucky to find the steps still wet.
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Keith, thanks for visiting

Dwayne, glad you find it useful---definately something you can note while walking around the outside of the home.

David, thanks so much for the compliments

Michael, we miss all sorts of things as inspectors due to luck I am afraid:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I bet them concrete stairs get pretty icy when it is cold.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) almost 11 years ago
Sean, especially since they are on the North side out of the sun:)
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 11 years ago