Anything underground like a basement attracts water like a magnet attracts iron filings. Keeping your gutters and downspouts clean and making sure you maintain the grading in your yard will break up that magnetic attraction. More important, it will help keep your basement dry. Even with a good gutter system installed, you need to take care of the drainage spout system. If needed, you can install extended downspouts. A longer downspout is in order to avoid water seeping through the foundation of your home. Fortunately, extending the downspout is an easy and simple remedy.
Check the Attachment Points
Make sure the gutters are firmly attached. A loose or broken fastener can change the slope and prevent the water from draining out of the troughs.
Seal the Joints
Sectional gutters need to have the seams resealed with caulk or a sealant specially designed for gutters.
Clean the Channel
Gutters can plug up with leaves, seeds, and needles from nearby trees, so it’s important that you keep them clean. Use a hose or a pressure washer to clear them out at least once a year, or more if there are lots of trees.
Protect Your Windows
Rain coming down on your house doesn’t just hit the roof. Some run down the sides and into your window wells. Covers will keep this water out of the wells, and stop it from soaking into the ground.
Extend the Downspout
Purchase a new length of downspout pipe that matches your downspout’s appearance. Measure the diameter of your existing downspout to make sure that you get the right size. If the area where you will be placing your extension rarely gets foot traffic, you can add a simple extension of downspout pipe. Use a hacksaw to cut a length from the new section of downspout pipe. Six to 8 feet is probably a good length, provided enough room exists. Attach this piece to the existing downspout and use a galvanized gutter elbow to attach it securely.
Use a Splash Block
If you decide to use a splash block, place it underneath the downspout. Splash blocks help to direct the water onto the lawn and away from the house. You can decide to place a permanent splash block underneath the downspout, but a removable downspout allows you to remove it if necessary.
Attach a Roll-Up Sleeve
For areas with a lot of foot traffic, a roll-up sleeve placed at the end of your existing downspout will sufficiently extend it to allow for drainage away from the home. Roll-up sleeves are perfect for those areas that need to remain uncluttered and free for foot traffic. Roll-up sleeves fit snugly on the end of your downspout. When it rains, the sleeve unrolls to allow the gutter and downspout to channel the water away from the roof and foundation of your home. Once it has stopped raining and the water has stopped draining from your roof, the sleeve automatically rolls back up again.
Install a Hinged Elbow
If you install a swing-up elbow to attach your new downspout extension, then you can flip it up and out of the way. When it rains, simply flip the downspout back to the ground to allow the rain to drain away from the home. You can allow the downspout to remain on the ground during any time that the area is not going to be used.