Properly installed and cleaned gutters play an important role in keeping your home dry and protected against the damaging effects of moisture. However, there’s another factor you shouldn’t overlook when it comes to your gutter system. Homecraft® Inc., the leading contractor for your gutter and wood window installation needs, discusses the importance of downspout placement.
How Important Are Downspouts?
Downspouts direct water runoff from the gutters to drainage systems. Depending on the design of your home exterior and the location of your drainage, they are often custom-built to ensure their effectiveness. They often terminate at about 10 feet away from the house, provided that the ground is perfectly level. If the area near the drainage has sloped terrain or unusual soil conditions, the downspouts are equipped with extensions or additional pipes that are buried on the ground.
Proper design and correct installation are vital in making sure the downspouts work as they should. Otherwise, rainwater or melted snow may collect near your foundations and around basement walls. As moisture seeps through the ground, the concrete foundations may become more exposed to structural damage, resulting in costly repairs. Add clogged gutters into the mix, and you got a bigger problem in your hands. Expect moisture damage on your roof, vinyl windows, and other home exterior components.
General Guidelines for Downspout Placement
Professional gutter installers take several guidelines into account when designing new gutter systems. As for the spacing, a downspout is installed every 40 feet of the gutter trough to ensure adequate drainage and even distribution of rainwater. Having more than one downspout within a single run of gutter is essential to keep it from overflowing, especially in the event of a downpour.
Another important consideration for downspout placement involves the termination point. It shouldn’t end at a spot where water flowing out may pool, including near your home’s foundations. If the drain is too far away from your property, the downspout can be fitted with an extension or a below-grade pipe.
Homecraft Inc.’s expert gutter installers can design and install a gutter system that is custom-fit for your home. Our gutters are properly sized and configured to direct water flow safely away from your home. Count on us for your other exterior home improvement needs, including replacement windows and doors. Call (302) 798-0302 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in and around Bear and Wilmington, DE.