If you’re being completely honest, there’s a chance that you don’t think twice about the drainage downspouts of your home until something is wrong with them. We’ve all dealt with having to occasionally shift the direction of a downspout. A large percentage of homeowners have also had to clear out a downspout while it rained because they could tell water wasn’t moving like it should.
But aside from the general function of a drainage downspout, most homeowners wouldn’t think there’d be much more to know. Water goes in one end & flows out the other into the yard or other drainage system on the property. Simple, right? Actually, not so much. It turns out that downspouts are a little more nuanced than you might think. What’s more, construction and drainage experts seem to be on the same page when it comes to stressing how vital drainage downspouts are to the health of one’s home.
Not quite convinced? Here’s some food for thought:
Distance From Your Home
How far out do your home’s downspouts extend? Are they designed to empty into a flowerbed? Do you have them situated on sturdy splash blocks? Experts agree that downspouts should extend anywhere from four to six feet from your home’s foundation. This is to help reduce damage to foundations, cellar/basements, and moisture issues with walls that could lead to mold formation.
Wasting ‘Free’ Water
Of course, downspouts are used in such a way to take advantage of what amounts to ‘free’ water due to all manner of precipitation. Flowerbeds & other landscaping vegetation that line the immediate exterior of homes are watered by way of strategically placed downspout exit points. But without proper drainage, there can be standing water negatively impacting a home. There are properly-engineered water collection systems that can give homeowners a much more controlled alternative to collecting ‘free’ water for use in their landscaping.
First Part of Your Drainage System
While most people look at drainage downspouts as the last part of their home’s drainage system, it turns out that it’s actually the first. Unless you’ve got your downspouts operating at max efficiency, your gutters can’t do their job. Being able to maintain clean gutters becomes a Herculean task, leading to standing water that causes a lot of damage to home exteriors.
On the flip side to that, the more you’re able to keep your gutter free from grime & debris, the better you’re able to keep junk from clogging up your downspouts. It’s like a weird ‘chick & egg’ thing, really. The thing to remember is that one cannot do what it needs to do without the other and vice-versa. It’s not just gutters — it’s an exterior home water management system.
When DIY Is NOT The Option You Want
But what if repair & maintenance of gutters and drainage downspouts isn’t your thing? No problem. If you do your homework, you’re liable to find a local & trusted gutter contractor who can professionally handle all things related to your home’s gutter system. They can come to your home, assess the situation, and give you a few options as to the best way to get things operating the way they should.
Quality Gutter Systems near San Antonio has set industry standard for drainage downspouts. Find out how they can help you step up your gutter game today.