Since many American homes are often built with basements, you’ll likely be surprised to learn that it’s common for homes in the southern states to be built on slab foundations that prevent them from having basements. The reason why most homes in the south don’t have basements is due to the damp soil, which tends to cause moisture problems that makes having a basement impossible.
Since most homes in the south don’t have any basements to worry about, some homeowners who are unfamiliar with this concept are wondering if installing gutter protection or completely maintaining their gutters is still needed. The short answer to this is yes; gutters on homes with slab foundations still need to have gutters that are in top shape.
Protection From Water Damage
One of the reasons you should keep your home’s gutters well-maintained despite the lack of basements is to protect the slab foundation from water damage. Failing to do so can result in the slab foundation cracking due to expansion and contraction. A crack in your home’s slab foundation will eventually compromise your home’s structural integrity.
Prevent Landscape and Soil Erosion
Preventing soil and landscape erosion is another reason why gutters are needed on homes with slab foundations. This is because the slow erosion of the soil can pollute your drinking water due to sedimentation and even increase the growth of algae in said water. The rainwater can also cause the soil at the base of your home to erode and damage your entire landscaping in the process.
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