A Guide to Gutters and Downspouts

In Pittsburgh, there are no easy answers to the amount of precipitation that we get in an average year, the potential damage from all the rushing water can have on your property. The Pittsburgh Drain guys know a thing or tow about the proper installation of gutters and downspouts, and we are here to share our knowledge with you. Keep reading to see how gutters and downspouts are a pivotal part of water drainage problems in Pittsburgh. Understanding the importance of these elements for the care of your home can make all the difference.

Gutters Gutters and Drainage

Gutters are long troughs on your house or building, which run along the intersection of the roof and the walls. These carry water, and sometimes debris that had been washed into the trough, along the side of your house. A gutter operates on the concept of gravity and running water, directing all of the water that washes off of the roof into the gutter, along the path toward an exit. These are slightly sloped to keep the water flowing.


Downspouts are lightweight tubes that are connected to the end of the gutter. They are typically connected at the end of the gutter, at the corners of the house or building.  These downspouts carry the water that rushes down the gutters down and away from the foundation. The downspout is designed and placed so that the water carried down it’s tube is directed away from the building’s foundation, thus offering more protection to the foundation.  The downspout and gutter are of matching color to create uniformity and curb appeal.  It is wise to use a standard scale of one downspout for every 40’ of gutter.

Pittsburgh Drainage Solutions

If the gutter and downspout system cannot prevent water flow toward the foundation, it may be a good idea to install another drainage system, such as a French Drain or an interior French Drain. The Pittsburgh Drain Guys are the best choice for these drainage systems, along with the installation of gutters and downspouts, to prevent damage to your foundation.

Call us today for solutions to the drainage problem you are facing with your building!