Outdoor photo of gutter downspout on side of house.Downspouts are a very important, often times overlooked, component of every home’s waterproofing system. They are responsible for properly draining the rainwater sheet flow that collects in gutters and then diverting or “conducting” it away from your home’s foundation. Downspouts ran above ground should conduct rainwater at least 4 feet away from the foundation. Water that is allowed to accumulate around the foundation can and will eventually find it’s way into your home causing moisture issues and possibly structural damage.
Another option that allows you to conduct your downspouts as far away from your foundation as possible without creating obstructions in your yard is to do so beneath the ground. These conductors can be ran to discharge or “daylight” in an area of the yard that sits lower than your home or straight to the curb and gutter system at the street. It is very important to note that the effectiveness of your home’s downspouts are greatly diminished if the gutter system around the roof is faulty, damaged, or improperly installed.
At Preferred Basement Solutions, we are able to help with all of your home’s downspout issues. Whether they are in need of a little maintenance or completely reworked, we are here to help you find the right solution to your individual situation!