Regularly cleaned gutters protect many key components of the home, including the foundation. Unfortunately, the opposite holds true as well. That is, clogged gutters put the foundation at risk. Here's how: As storms come and go, rainwater runs amok, pooling around the base of the home and seeping into the ground, where it exerts intense pressure against the foundation. Over time, as a result of the pressure, the foundation begins to crack, allowing water to enter the basement and cause extensive, expensive-to-repair damage. Worse yet, if the situation goes uncorrected, the foundation may ultimately fail, leaving the home vulnerable to a cave-in or collapse—a catastrophe, in other words.