Recently we moved to new home, initially all the water from gutters
used to go outside, my builder adjusted the gutters, since then
whenever there is heavy rain, we can see the basement leaks through
the corner. is there anyway can it be repaired?. Thanks in advance.
Not sure what "adjustment" the builder made to the gutters, but it appears
he messed them up. If they work as they should, all rain, even in heavy
downpoars, should drain out the spout and well away from the house.
Is the area where you are getting the leak where the spout is located? If
so, then it isn't draining as it should, perhaps a block, or improperly fit
connection. Is it a corner away from the spout? Does the water pour over
the side of the gutter at that point? Then the gutter isn't draining
towards the spout. I can't say that I know of any way to adjust this short
of taking the gutter down and re-hanging it so it drains properly.
If it's a new build, it seems it would be the builders responsibility to get
it fixed. If the gutters are new on an older home, then I'd get the
installer on the horn for the repair.
I am not at all sure what "all the water from gutters used to go
outside," means or what adjustments may have been made, but it sounds like
the builder messed up something.
All water from the gutters should be directed away from your home and
the ground on all sides of your home should be graded away from your home so
all the water is directed at least 15 feet away from your home on all sides.
If that is not happening, call the builder back and have him fix it.
In addition to the good advices other people have already said, you
may climb up a ladder and check the gutter to see if fallen leaves are
clogging the drain hole to the downsprout. This only takes a few
leaves to clog the drain hole. In a heavy rain, the leaves will slow
down the drain hole just enough that the rain water will overflow the
lowest point of the gutter that is where the downsprout is.
Better yet, use a water hose to fill the gutter and see how/where the
water goes. Water can go in an unexpected way that you cannot predict
in a dry day. You want to channel the water away from the house
foundation. I don't remember what is the recommended distance to
direct the water away from the house foundation. I direct water from
the downsprout at least 5 feet away from my house foundation, and the
corners of my basement stay dry since then (there is exception; but
let don't get into details here).
All the water falling outside means, the water never used to go
through gutters, it used fall from top on to the floor (this water
suppose to go through gutters), since it is dalling on outside floor,
it washedout the clay near the plants and then we reported this to
builder, then they came and adjusted the gutters, so this way the rain
water should drain through gutters, into the pipes close to the ouside
basement wall, one day there is heavy rain, that day we saw lot of
water leaking from the sameplace where gutters are outside, we can it
leaks from top to the bottom of that cornet, even before we have many
times heavy rain, but we never saw water in the basement, but at that
time, water directly falls from top to the yard and it used to washout
all the mud around the plants in the yard. That is what happening,
since my first year is going to be in Dec, so that is why if this is
builder problem, I want to be done with builder before the one year
Seem like the rain water used to completely bypass the gutter and fall
directly to the ground. Therefore, the rain water kind of distributed
evenly around your house foundation. If there was not that much rain,
the problem was not bad enough to show up in your basement. Now that
the builder adjusted the gutter to catch all the rain water, the
captured rain water is all channel to the downsprout at the corner of
your house. I assume that the downsprout simply dumps all the water
directly at the corner of your house instead of having an extension to
channel the water further away from the house foundation. I assume
your have one downsprout in each corner of your house. Now, the rain
water of 1/4 of your roof is combined together and dumped at the
corner of your house. This amount of water is so large that the water
starts showing up in your basement.
Seem like you need to find a way to channel the rain water from the
downsprout much further away from your house foundation. Some people
has underground piping that channel the rain water from the house
foundation all the way to the curb.
If you don't have this kind of underground piping in place, you can
use downsprout extension pipe to extend the downsprout away from your
house foundation. If this is the case, I am not sure if this is your
builder's responsibility to install this kind of thing. If this is the
case, you may want to ask around in this newsgroup to see how far you
should extend the downsprout, and what is the proper slope that you
want to position the downsprout extension. Just keep in mind that the
water in downsprout extension pipe may freeze in cold region, and you
may have a block of ice formed inside the downsprout extension pipe.
Again, you need to ask around here to see if newsgroup members have
suggestion on solving this issue.
I showed it to my builder, he says, they won't do that since we
already signed for second walk-in, but before second walk-in, we never
had more rain at all. Now he says, they won't do that, I have do part
of my maintenence.
It not one year we got this new house, how can I approach this, till
one year, builder's responsibility for any leak/damage right?. How can
I fight with him legally since it is not even a year yet?. Any
I also went through the new home construction and have many stories of
dealing with the builder. I know how frustrating it can be.
My basement had cracks that were repaired professionally. I researched what
they used and found the same technique available from:
I hope you get things worked out with the builder. Maybe you could contact
the BBB or the Attorney General? If not, the above source should give you a
solution if you need to do it yourself.
The OP is asking some very basic questions. There are some big
Like how gutters could have been installed on a new home in a way that
would leave all the water going past them and to the ground instead.
And how this could be fixed by an adjustment?
The new home warranty is expiring soon. Clearly the OP does not have
the knowledge base to know what problems he has or their correct
solution. I would hire a home inspector and get a complete inspection
done immeadiately. Be sure to get references and check out before
hiring. This could be the best money you ever spent.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Chet Hayes) wrote in message
May I suggest not? Most home inspectors are glad-handing gloss-over
specialists. I'd suggest you find a competent attorney with the full
story, and if your attorney feels need for expert advice, to then seek
someone expert in such matters.
Right now, you might collect any records you have concerning the
matter, and make careful notes of anything else significant that you
don't have paper-trail for. You could even take time to put together
a short history on paper. Couple go-rounds with that should extract
all your recollections for the story to hand your attorney.
Quite possibly a single phone call from the right person can cure this
For some reason the first time i tried to reply this goofed up so am
trying again...mainly i wanted to give you a link:
Builder..." about warranties, and to urge you to keep a paper trail so
you can prove your builder was notified of defects within the warranty
period. Good luck.
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