When gutters capture water, this water flows into the downspouts that divert it away from the home. However, some downspouts don’t displace this water far enough away from the home’s foundation. In this case, water can oversaturate the soil surrounding the foundation, eventually causing water to leak into the basement or crawl space through cracks and joints.
In instances where existing downspouts or splash blocks don’t successfully direct water away from the foundation, you can install gutter extensions. Gutter extensions attach to the downspout and help direct rainwater away from your home’s foundation.
What Is the Best Downspout Extension?
The best gutter downspout extension for your Atlanta property will depend on your particular needs. Aesthetic and how much rain you get are examples of factors you will want to consider when choosing a downspout extension.
At AquaGuard, we offer an underground downspout extension: We can connect your downspouts to a discharge line that runs underground until the water can be naturally sloped away from the home and exit through a simple Pop-Up escape. This is a great option for homeowners who want more control over where their roof water drains or who need a longer downspout extension option. These can divert water anywhere from 10 to 50 feet away from the home depending on your land’s slope.
How Do I Know if I Need Gutter Downspout Extensions?
Here are a few reasons why you may need to install gutter extensions:
When your downspouts pour water directly on the ground below, you’re trusting the grade of your yard to naturally direct water away from the home. However, if the contractor did not correctly grade your yard to slope downwards and away from your foundation, water can stay stagnant or flow back towards your home. Eventually, this can lead to basement leaks and foundation damage.
In the Atlanta area, we frequently receive large amounts of rain in a short period of time. As you would expect, this causes a large amount of water to exit downspouts and can be too much for a mere splash block to manage. A gutter extension might be the extra measure you need to ensure roof water is successfully channeled away from your home.
The water exiting your downspout can cause soil erosion and can harm flower beds and landscaping that surrounds your home. Installing downspout extensions can help you direct water away from these areas.
You may not be dealing with any of the issues mentioned above, but want to have greater control over the water management system on your Atlanta property. Gutter downspout extensions help you control exactly where roof water drains into your yard.
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