Gutters allow rainwater to flow down off the roof, and downspouts are supposed to direct it away from the house. If the downspouts are too short, they will not carry the water far enough away. This can allow water to pool near the house, where it can cause damage to the foundation. It can also cause mold, mildew, and dry rot. An easy way to prevent these problems is to make the downspouts longer.
How to Extend the Length of the Downspout
If the area around the downspout does not get a lot of foot traffic, the length of the downspout can simply be extended by adding more pipe. The extra pipe can be attached to the existing downspout and held in place with a galvanized gutter elbow.
Another way to direct rainwater away from your house is to use a splash block. You can simply put it under the downspout to direct water away from the house and onto the lawn. You can use either a removable or permanent splash block.
What to Do If the Area Gets a Lot of Traffic
If your downspout is in an area that gets a lot of foot traffic, you have other options to keep water away from your foundation and still be able to use the space. You can put a roll-up sleeve at the end of the downspout to extend it without creating clutter. A roll-up sleeve fits on the end of the downspout. The sleeve unrolls when it rains so water can be directed away from the house. After it stops raining, the sleeve automatically rolls up.
You can also extend the downspout and keep the area accessible by installing a hinged elbow. You can flip it up out of the way whenever you need to use the area around the downspout and flip it down to the ground when it rains. If you don’t need to use the area a lot, you can leave the hinged elbow down for a long period of time, rather than flipping it down every time it rains.
Have Your Downspouts Inspected
Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors has installed gutters and downspouts for many homeowners across Connecticut. Downspouts need to be long enough to direct rainwater away from a house in order to protect the foundation. If you are concerned about water causing damage to your home, contact us today to find out if your downspouts are the problem and let us suggest ways to fix them.