The previous owner of my house planted a Norwegian maple about 2.5 feet from the corner of the house. The tree is currently 35'-40' high. This corner of the house has the gas and water lines coming into the basement and the drain line from the sump pump (which also connects to the gutters) runs within 5' of the tree. The tree has already clogs the gutter with leaves and has caused damage to the gutter itself (I have since removed the offending branches). Is the tree too close to the house? I can fix the gutter and deal with the leaves. It also provides a great deal of shade in the summer. Should I be worried about the roots causing structural damage to my basement wall and/or the incoming gas and water lines?