The crew here at Dynamic Gutters loves watching a downspout in action on a stormy day but our feelings about what happens once all that water hits the ground can be another story. That’s because, if the water isn’t being diverted far enough away from your home, you can wind up with a damaged foundation and an indoor swimming pool in your basement. For homeowners looking for an anti-saturation solution, we want to say one word to you. Just one word. Extensions.
A popular option for extending downspouts is an above-ground attachment, typically in the form of plastic tubing or another segment of metal downspout piping. This method can be effective so long as the extensions are of a sufficient length (at least 8 feet), but many homeowners aren’t big fans of how they look. Plus, they can be a tripping hazard and make lawn maintenance a real pain. For a less intrusive alternative, consider a roll-up hose; they are constructed of vinyl or rubber tubing which will unroll when filled with water and will retract when the flow stops. Just be careful if you live in an area with a lot of trees as leaves and other debris can clog and puncture the hose.
There’s no question that hiding your downspout extensions underground is the preferred option in terms of aesthetics, plus, unlike most above-ground extensions which can be easily knocked off by pets or landscapers, they are firmly connected to your downspout. While opinions vary as to which material is best, PVC piping is generally preferred by contractors for buried downspout drainage systems. That’s because PVC is highly durability and, unlike softer flex tubing, it can be cleaned with a drain snake. While some homeowners fear that PVC will crack in cold climates, if your lines are correctly installed and draining properly, freezing shouldn’t be a concern.
The End Of The Line
Now that you’ve successfully redirected water away from your home, you need to consider where all that liquid is winding up. Ideally, your drainage lines will empty into a storm sewer or dry well but, if those options aren’t available, try a bubbler pot. Bubbler pots are essentially plastic buckets with lids that connect to your underground piping. As it fills, the pot’s lid rises and lets water flow evenly onto your lawn. The pot also has drainage slots that release water down into the ground. The lid will keep out most grass clippings and other debris but, if it gets dirty, just pop the top and clean it out.