Downspouts: Controlling Where The Water Goes

Downspouts: Controlling Where The Water Goes

Your home’s gutter system has one goal and that is to direct all the water running off your roof into the downspouts. Without this system, rainwater would run off your roof and drop to the ground below. Eventually, this would erode your landscaping and even your foundation. The downspouts work to direct that water to areas of your property where it won’t be an issue.

What are downspouts?

Downspouts are the part of the gutter system that run down along your home. This is where the rainwater flows away from your home. When professionally installed along with replacement gutters they keep your home protected. Downspouts generally use two types of fittings, elbow and offset.

Elbow Fittings

An elbow fitting is an L shaped aluminum tube. Generally, it is used at the point where the downspout meets the ground in order to better direct the water. These fittings can also be used to connect the downspout to the gutter run at the top of the downspout.

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Offset Fittings

Offsets feature two curved sections. This type of fitting is generally used at a point were the downspout needs to go around an edge or move away from the home’s exterior. Though it may also be used in conjunction with elbow fittings at the top of the downspout.

End of Downspout

When it comes to where the water goes you have plenty of options. You could direct it to an unused area of your property or run it down your driveway and into the street. Both examples would require an extension that directs the water to where you want it. You can also put rain barrels under your downspout and collect the water. Another popular option is draining it into the ground with a recessed drainage system.

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