How to Improve Your House's Downspout Drainage System

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When spring comes and the heavy days of rain are upon us, you will be very grateful for your house's downspout drainage system. Odds are you don’t even know that you have a downspout drainage system—but if you head out to your yard and look at the side of your house, you will see large pipes running along the side of the house extending from the rooftop gutters and down to the ground. The downspout is the pipe that opens up and away from the house, allowing rainwater to flow away from the house to prevent water damage.

Extending Your Pipes

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A downspout will work with every house provided that you make a few adjustments to it. If you find that you are in a very hilly area, you may notice that water and drainage tends to pool around your spout and the house itself. This will cause severe problems because water will eventually work its way into your base units and then it will start damaging the house itself. The simple solution to fixing this problem is to extend your downspout out and away from the house.

This is a surprisingly easy, but very time-consuming project to undertake. You are going to have to ensure that the drainage is carried far enough away from your house so that it doesn’t cause any damage to the foundation. The first step is to dig a series of trenches to lay underground pipes in to help carry the drainage a safe distance away from your home. After you go back and secure all of your pipes and then backfill the trenches with soil, your problem will be resolved. You will be able to attach your downspout to this system and the roof run-off will no longer be a problem for you and the safety and wellbeing of your house.

Maintain the Drainage System

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Now that you have an idea of how to install an effective downspout drainage system that carries rainwater away from your home, make it a point to regularly clean and maintain the pipes and your gutters. One of the easiet ways for problems to occur in a drainage system is because of a collection of leaves and debris in the gutters and pipes. Not only will any collected leaves prevent the flow of water, but it will keep whatever water does manage to enter the drainage system sitting in the pipes, causing potential rust to form and necessitating a new system altogether.

Regularly check to ensure that leaves and other debris are cleared from the gutters. You can buy filters that are placed over the openings of the gutters that keep all large debris from getting into the pipes in the first place. If you have a lot of trees surrounding your house, this may be a good preventative option for your needs. If you do happen to come across a blockage, you can take a plumber's snake or drain snake and use it to clean out the pipes.

Take time to routinely check your gutters and drainage system to be sure that everything is flowing freely and that things are working properly. This preventative measure will go a long way to keeping things in a good state of repair and preventing future damage to not only the drainage system itself, but the state of your house and its foundation.