The Proper Way to Bury a Gutter Downspout

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Every home should come equipped with a gutter system that can effectively remove rainfall from the roof and redirect it away from the house. When the water isn’t be directed away from the foundation of the home, flooding can occur which will lead to property damage and eventual mold growth. Sometimes a buried gutter downspout is the answer to all of your problems.

Step 1: Plan Ahead
Before any digging is done, locate all of the pipes and cables that are buried in your yard. The last thing you want is to is damage any electrical, water, or gas lines that help power your home. Instead of paying for expensive repairs, map out all of the lines underground and plan the path of the new drain line accordingly.

Step 2: Start Digging
Now that your drain line is mapped out it’s time to start digging. Dig a trench 12 inches deep starting closest to the house. As you dig outwards, dig an extra ⅛ inch deeper per foot to create a downwards slope away from the house. The end of the trench should be a few inches deeper than the depth that is at the base of the house.

Step 3: Connect the Pieces
In order to connect the gutter downspout to the new drain line you will need to attach them using a 90-degree angle pipe. Apply PVC cement to the inside of the angle pipe and attach it to the end of the downspout and the drain line. Couplings may be needed for a better fit when connecting the ground pipes to the angled pipe. Finish by assembling the rest of the new ground pipe using PVC cement and couplings for a seamless and secure fit.

Step 4: Sit & Cover
Now that the ground pipe is assembled, allow a few hours for the cement to dry. Afterward, fill the trench back up with the previously removed dirt. Viola! The days of flooded foundations and yards are now a thing of the past!

Allowing water to pool up and flood the areas closest to your home will cause more problems than one homeowner will ever need to handle. If your current gutter system needs replacement or repair, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a cal at (516) 354-7252.

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