If you have ever had an over cluttered gutter, you know how detrimental it can be to your home. But have you ever given thought to how your downspouts are negatively affecting your home? Downspouts that are not properly angled allow the water to run back to the base of your home. Enough water could eventually cause the ground around the foundation or even your foundation to erode. Even homeowners that are very meticulous about how they angle their downspout can have problems. Downspouts are not very heavy, so the slightest wind or detrimental weather can misplace the downspout without you even realizing it.
Saving your Foundation
The best solution to ensure that you avoid any water damage to your foundation is to bury your downspout. This is an even better choice than putting a tail on your downspout, which can sometimes pose a tripping threat, especially to children since downspout tails can be in excess of 12 inches long. When you bury the downspout, take care to not bury it too close to the house and ensure that it is angled away from the home so the water does not have a chance to come flowing back to your home.
When you bury your downspout, you have the ability to repurpose the water in other areas of your home. You can direct the water to empty out into an area that you regularly water, saving you both time and money since you will not have to run your own water.
When you bury your downspout it also helps to increase the aesthetic appeal of your home. If you have a lot of water coming out of the downspout, it can make certain areas of your yard very wet and muddy. By being able to choose where your downspout empties out, you can control which area of your lawn ends up getting soaked. A downspout can also be unsightly. When you bury the downspout, it is out of sight, giving your landscaping gorgeous appeal once again.
Burying the Downspout
If you decide to bury your downspout, make sure you do it correctly or your efforts will backfire on you. Dig a trench that is at least 18 inches deep with the end of the sloping trench measuring at least 30 inches. The entire trench should measure at least 15 inches wide. This will ensure that the water overflow will effectively leave your gutters.