To keep your home safe against water damage, you’ll need to keep tabs on your gutter system. Be especially wary of congestion in the underground downspout drain. If overlooked, it can cause several problems. And not just to the gutters themselves, but to your roof and home. Here’s everything you need to know about clogs in the underground downspout drain.
What Causes Clogging in the Underground Downspout Drain?
There are plenty of ways to collect and drain rainwater from your gutters. You can either have the downspouts direct the runoff into a rain barrel, or channel it away from your home and into a drainage pit. You also have the option to use your downspouts to connect your gutters to an underground drain. This last option, in particular, offers a simple way to keep your home exterior and landscaping protected against water exposure. Until the downspout becomes clogged, that is.
Congestion in the underground downspout drain is usually caused by leaves, pine needles, and other loose debris inside the gutters. When water is drained through the downspouts, some of the debris is flushed along with it. In most cases, the debris gets stuck in the downspouts and creates blockages. These usually occur in transitional points, like say, the spot where the gutters extend or at the elbows. You’ll know there’s a clog because:
Water is pooling or gushing from downspout connections
Your gutters are overflowing
There’s water damage in your basement
Handling Congestion in the Underground Downspout Drain
Clogging in the downspout drains can result in roof leaks, overflowing gutters, and water damage to your basement and landscaping. You can deal with the issue by having the downspout drain unclogged, but once that’s done, you’ll need to take measures that ensure it never happens again. This means turning to a local professional for regular gutter cleaning or gutter protection installation.
Having an effective protection system installed, such as our high-quality Gutter Helmet® covers, can make a huge and positive difference to the draining performance of your gutters and downspouts. Their patented nose-forward design and textured surface allow them to shed off leaves, pine needles, and other loose debris while allowing only rainwater into the gutter system. By taking clogs out of the equation, our Gutter Helmet covers leave your gutters clean and well-performing for longer.
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