Water drainage is a big issue for a lot of homeowners. Without proper drainage, flooding becomes a concern both inside and outside the home that can result in costly damage. Seamless gutters play an important role in managing the drainage around your house because the gutters direct rainwater from the roof to the ground. Without gutters, rainwater will simply drain right to your home’s foundation.
But sometimes gutters aren’t enough. Gutter downspouts typically direct the water down to near the foundation of the house. Gutter downspout extensions will allow you to more precisely control your gutter drainage by directing the water further away from your house.
Risks Of Not Using Gutter Downspout Extensions
If you don’t use rain gutter extensions the water can not only pool right next to the foundation of your house, but it can also leak into your home and cause flooding. This can be especially problematic if you have downspouts near the area of your sump pump. It’s possible that more water will flow in than the pump can handle. Further, water pooling in the same area time and time again can erode your landscaping, making it more difficult to maintain.
Benefits Of A Gutter Downspout Extensions
Extensions allow you to redirect all that rainwater coming from your gutter further away from your home. For example, you can redirect it towards a sewer drain on your property or one that’s part of your municipal drainage system. Gutter downspout extensions can also be moved around to avoid water always flowing to one spot. This can eliminate flooding on your property, which can happen very easily during heavy rainstorms.
Types Of Gutter Downspout Extensions
Not all gutter downspout extensions are made equally. There are different types of extensions that can help meet your needs. Here are the two most common types:
These are very convenient because they can be snaked around to whatever area you want the water to drain to. You can also attach multiple extensions together so the water will be directed further away from your house.
Rigid Metal Extensions
A rigid metal extension come in varying lengths and attach directly to the downspout. They will direct the water further from your house but only in a straight line. These are perfect for areas that don’t get a lot of rain or you just want to keep the water away from your home’s foundation.
A gutter downspout extension is an invaluable tool for managing the water drainage on your property. American Hill Country Gutters can help your drainage by recommending the right gutter downspout extension and professionally installing them for you. Contact us today for all of your gutter needs.