With the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the news lately, many homeowners have begun wondering about how their homes cope with rainwater. Retaining walls, gutter systems, and downspouts are integral pieces of an effective strategy to protect your home from water damage. Downspouts probably garner less attention than gutters and retaining walls, but they are just as important, if not more so. When they are not angled properly, water can flow back to the base of your home, causing significant damage to your home’s foundation. Instead of attaching a tail to your downspouts, however, you should consider burying them. Why is burying downspouts more effective and advantageous?
Tails Are Light and Can Be Dangerous
Consider the amount of time and effort that goes into determining the exact angle that a downspout tail has to be positioned at in order to keep water away from your home. Now, consider how light that tail is. It is really easy to displace a downspout tail – severe weather or a curious animal can redirect it without you even knowing. Moreover, since downspout tails tend to be longer than 12 inches, they can pose a tripping hazard to children. Burying downspouts eliminates this hazard and ensures water is redirected away from your home at all times.
Buried Downspouts are More Environmentally Friendly
Buried downspouts can also serve a purpose greater than simply directing water away from your home. They can be fully implemented into a greater landscape to direct this water towards other areas of your property. So gardens, flowerbeds, and other plantings can benefit even more from the occasional spring or summer shower, while at the same time reducing the number of times you have to water them from a well or municipal source.
Buried Downspouts Make Your Property Look Better
The water redirected from downspout tails can make parts of your lawn very wet and muddy. In addition, they just don’t look very aesthetically pleasing. Burying your downspouts gives you the power to choose which part of your property receives the rainwater and increases the curb appeal of your home overall.
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