Maximizing Your Home's Downspout Drainage: 3 Additions To Consider

If you have a gutter system on your roof, there's a good chance you have at least a few downspouts attached to your gutters. Specifically, downspouts are designed to help carry rainwater from your gutters, down to the ground, and safely away from your home's foundation. Without enough downspouts or properly placed downspouts, you could end up with mold and mildew problems at your home or, in a worst-case scenario, foundation problems as a result of water damage.

Even with downspouts installed on your roof, however, there are still a few add-ons you may want to consider to maximize drainage and protect your home.

Downspout Drains & Elbows

It's important that your downspouts empty at least a few feet away from your home; this way, you can be sure that the water flows away from your home's foundation rather than towards it. This is where having a downspout drain or elbow can come in handy. Specifically, a downspout elbow can be used to maneuver the spout around obstacles, such as tree trunks or landscaping, so that the water can properly drain far enough away from the home. Attaching a downspout drain to the end of an elbow can also be a great way to use rainwater to water a nearby garden.

Rain Barrels

Another option to consider for making the most of your downspout drainage is that of installing a rain barrel at the emptying point of a downspout on your property. This is a great idea if you have plants and flowers that you'd like to water in an environmentally friendly matter. This will require a little bit of work on your end, as you'll need to be sure to empty the rain barrel before it overflows, but this can be a great way to maximize your downspout drainage and potentially use it to lower your water bill.

Splash Blocks

Finally, depending on the slope of your property, you may also want to consider installing splash blocks where your downspouts meet the ground. A splash block is an angled ramp that can be attached to the end of a downspout to ensure that the water flows at an angle away from the home's foundation, rather than falling back toward it. Splash blocks are readily available at any home improvement store, typically cost just a few dollars to buy, and can be easily installed in a matter of minutes as well.

For more information, contact companies like Aqua Guide Inc.