Splash blocks are important components of the gutter system that help direct rainwater away from a house’s foundation. Many homeowners do not know what splash blocks are and why they are important, and some have them installed correctly, which prevents them from doing their job and protecting the house.
What Is a Splash Block?
A splash block is a plastic or concrete device that is placed under a downspout. Splash blocks usually have a rectangular shape with one open end and the other end closed. The splash block directs water that comes out of the downspout away from the house.
If your area gets a heavy rainstorm, water can come rushing out of the downspout. The water can cause foundation problems if it is not directed away from the house. If water pools around the foundation or flows backwards and soaks in, it can lead to leaks and cracks that can be expensive to repair. Water can also erode the landscaping and cause damage to the yard.
A splash block directs water away from the house’s foundation. It can also be set up in such a way that it directs water to the garden or to newly planted grass to help it grow.
How to Position Splash Blocks
Splash blocks are often positioned incorrectly. The open end should be pointed away from the house, and the closed end should be near the downspout. Homeowners often do not understand how splash blocks work and turn them the wrong way. Builders sometimes put them backwards to allow newly planted grass to grow and prevent a flood of water from washing away the seeds. Having splash blocks backwards can direct water to the foundation and cause damage to the house.
Sometimes homeowners remove splash blocks because they do not know why they are needed. Sometimes splash blocks are damaged and homeowners do not realize it and do not replace them.
Get a Quote for Gutter Installation and Splash Blocks
Splash blocks are an easy and effective way to direct rainwater away from your foundation and protect your home from costly damage. It is important to have them positioned correctly.
If you are having new gutters installed on your home, you should also get splash blocks. They will work together with your gutters and downspouts to protect your home. Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors has installed new gutters for many homeowners across Connecticut. To get an estimate for new gutter installation, contact us today.