Cracks, Downspout, Home improvement, Leakage, Waterproof

Install Downspout Extensions to Preserve the Foundation of Your Home from Leaks and Cracks

Downspout Extensions Prevent Damage to Foundation

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The most important part of any project is the foundation. And preserving and protecting the foundation of your home is also an excellent place to start with home repair. Water runoff from gutters that end directly next to your home can mean water seeping into the ground there and creating cracks in your home’s foundation. To avoid this you can easily and quickly install several different kinds of downspout extensions depending on the location of your downspout and what your needs are. Choose which one is best for you and your home and follow the steps below.

There are several options that you have when it comes to choosing which extension to use to channel water away from the end of your downspout and the foundation of your home. The easiest one is simply a splash block. You simply purchase the splash block and then position it under the elbow of the downspout to direct water away from the bottom of the downspout.

Another option is to purchase a downspout extension that comes equipped with a clip that you attach with a screw, higher up on the spout. You remove the elbow at the bottom of the downspout and attach the extension with screws on either side of where it attaches to the downspout. Then you screw the clip on the side of the downspout so that you can raise or lower the extension should you want to mow or work close to the house.

You can also purchase an accordion downspout extension. It is attached exactly the same way you would in step two. The advantage of this option is that it is very flexible and can be cut to at the end where the overflow comes out. You can easily direct it around shrubs or anything else close to your home.

You can watch this short video below to get a better sense of which extension you might get and how to install them following the steps above.

Keep In Mind

  • Measure and look carefully at  your downspouts and decide which extension will suit your needs best. Take into account what you will be doing around each downspout, such as yardwork. Not all of your spouts will necessarily need the same solution.
  • There are other options besides the three listed above so before you  go for the least expensive or quickest option make sure you will get the results you  want.