A downspout is designed to carry water from the roof of a house to an area such as a ravine where it can be disposed of away from the house. Many homeowners try to install their own downspouts and make mistakes that can result in damage to the downspouts or to the house. These are some of the most common problems with downspouts.
Negative pitch occurs if pipes or soil shifts and causes water to flow in a direction opposite the direction where the homeowner wants it to go. This can result in pooling water near the house and can eventually lead to damage to the foundation and erosion of soil and landscaping around the house. In order to avoid negative pitch, the downspout pipe should be installed a minimum of five feet away from the house’s foundation.
The soil may settle over time, which can cause the downspout to be moved a bit. This can result in negative pitch or can crack or break the downspout. This can be avoided by installing the downspout in soil that has not been tilled or moved.
Damage from the Weight of Soil
The downspout should be installed on solid ground. Putting it in a hollow area can allow dirt to pile up on top of it. The weight and pressure on the downspout can cause it to break. The area should be tested before the downspout is installed to make sure the ground is solid.
Downspout Buried Too Deep
Another common problem is a downspout that is buried too deep. This can make it difficult to access the downspout to make repairs. Burying a downspout too deep can also increase the chance of damage from dirt piled up on top of it.
Wrong Length of Downspout
Sometimes the distance between the starting and ending points of the pipe is miscalculated. This can cause water to be discharged in an area that is too close to the house.
Get an Estimate for Downspout Installation
If you need to have a downspout installed, it is better to have an experienced professional do the job than to try to do it yourself and possibly make mistakes that could cause damage to your house. Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors has installed gutters and downspouts for many homeowners across Connecticut. To get an estimate for downspout installation, contact us today.