downspout extension

What is a downspout

First, you probably want to know what a downspout extension is.

A downspout extension is a piece of pipe or tubing that attaches to the downspout of your home’s gutter system. The downspout extension directs rainwater away from your home’s foundation and landscaping, thereby reducing the chances of flooding and other water-related damage.

Ideal Length

Ideally, downspout extensions should be 4-6 feet long. They should be long enough to carry the water away from your home’s foundation, but not too long that it causes problems with a runoff on adjacent properties or streets.

The downspout should also be angled slightly downward so the water flows away from your house. It should be connected securely to the gutter system and end at least 4 inches above the ground in order for proper drainage.

To ensure optimal protection against flooding and other water-related damage, always consult a professional contractor for downspout extension installation advice. With their expertise and guidance, you can install downspout extensions that are just the right length for optimal protection.

In summary:

  • Downspout extensions should generally be between four to six feet long.
  • They need to be long enough to move water away from your home to help avoid a flooded basement.
  • They should be angled down slightly and connected securely to the gutter system.
  • The downspout should also end at least four inches above the ground, so it can drain properly.
  • Contact a professional contractor for downspout extension advice to ensure that your downspouts are installed correctly.

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