Your downspout is a pipe that runs vertically on your home. The top of this pipe connects to the hole in the gutter channel. The downspout is a crucial part of your home’s drainage system, and if it’s not installed far enough away from your home, it can cause water to leak into the home.
Why is a Downspout Important?
The standard distance your downspout should extend from the home is 10 feet and need to be installed at every 20 feet or so of guttering. Your downspout is crucial to keeping your home safe from water damage as it works to keep rainwater from your gutters away from your home.
How Does the Slope of the Land Help With Drainage?
The slope of your property also plays a major role in keeping water away from the home’s foundation. When examining your property, we will make sure that the slope of your property falls away from home rather than towards it. The slope of the property should drop roughly six inches every six feet. With a proper slope, rainwater will be directed away from your home’s foundation, preventing damages.
If you have an area of the yard that is not sloped correctly, you may need to have the land graded or filled in to ensure proper drainage.
What Happens if my Downspouts are Not Extended Far Enough?
If your downspouts are not far enough away from home, they can cause a variety of issues. Water that flows into the home’s foundation can lead to mold, mildew, and structural problems such as cracking the foundation.
Additionally, without downspout extensions, you can experience soil erosion on your property and basement flooding that can lead to costly damages and repairs.
Downspout Extension Installation in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Drain Guys specialize in downspout installation to meet your drainage needs. We can install extensions to your existing downspout and route them away from your home. Contact us today to learn more!