Downspout drainage has its positives and negatives. Downspout drainage gives the water that enters your gutters somewhere to go rather than sitting in the gutter or running right down the side of your home, causing detrimental effects to your home. The negative to downspout drainage is that if it is not properly situated, the water could potentially pool around the foundation of your home, which is a recipe for disaster. If water is left to pool around the base of your home your home could suffer from mold and mildew issues that could become quite severe.
Position the Downspout Correctly
Once you install a downspout, watch it carefully to see where the water is going. If you find that the water is accumulating too close to your house, it is necessary to re-angle it to get the water away from your home. Hilly or slanted yards might take a few adjustments to get the downspout at the perfect angle to keep the water flowing away from your home.
If you find that you are unable to angle the downspout to get the water away from your home, you might have to add on to the length of the pipes to help the water flow further away from your home. This might require burying the pipes underneath the ground in a trench. While this is not a difficult process it is a little time consuming because of the labor involved. In the end it is worth it because it will save your home from devastating mold and mildew at the base.
How to Maintain your Downspouts
Once you have figured out the perfect angle to aim your downspout or have determined how long you need your drainage pipes to be in order to keep the water away from your home, your job is not over. Proper maintenance of your downspouts ensures 100 percent functionality all of the time. Periodically clean out your gutters and your downspout to ensure that there are no blockages. An overabundance of leaves or debris will cause a blockage, which keeps the water resting in the gutter or the downspout. If the water is in the gutter it can get heavy enough to break your gutters. If the water rests in the downspout it could cause the pipes to rust, giving you an even larger job to handle. It is typically recommended to clean your gutters 3 to 4 times per year.