Getting back to my original question; was my foundation damage created by the gutter? The answer is yes, that erosion on that one spot wouldn't have been there. BUT If there were no gutters on my home the rest of the foundation would probably be damaged too. Also, without gutters, the basement would probably get flooded from time to time. The gutters on my home have definitely prevented water damage, despite being clogged up. If the gutters on my home were cleaned regularly, there would not be any damage at all.
This foundation damage was also caused by not having any gutters. The erosion is at it's worst on this corner, but the rest of the foundation has been effected too.
Was this a problem created by the gutters? If there were no gutters, would this damage have happened?
There is a Walgreens near my home. There is an area near the front entrance where the cement work and tiles are damaged. There is significant cracking and erosion to the walk way. Also the tiles are coming up. You can see where they tried to repair this area with caulking, but it looks terrible. This damage was caused by water. The roof above, catches a lot of water and because there is no gutter, that water splashes down on the walk way.
By Elton Magoon
Water can be a destructive and powerful force. After all water carved out the grand canyon. This same force can easily carve out a foundation, just like it did to mine. It seems the last owner didn't clean out the gutters. The water kept overflowing the gutter and spilling onto the foundation.