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10 Gutter and Downspout Runoff Drainage Tips

Bad drainage puts your home at risk for serious water damage. Even if you have a sump pump installed, water can get into your home’s basement if you don’t have effective gutters. A proper roof runoff system diverts the flow of water away from paved areas and toward storm drain systems – and most importantly, away from your home.

French Drain10 Gutter and Downspout Runoff Tips:

There are many things you can do to improve the effectiveness of your gutters. Here are 10 things to take into account when trying to improve your water drainage and runoff:

  1. Remember to inspect and clear out your gutters regularly, twice in the fall and before spring. Also, check and repair berms and ditches as necessary. Check your gutter connections and repair or seal any loose joints. Gutters should be replaced every 25-30 years or so.
  2. You may want to install gutter guards to prevent clogs and overflowing drains.
  3. Think about landscape plants that will help provide a natural solution to your drainage problems. Turn your problem into an advantage by creating a rain garden to manage water runoff.
  4. Extend your downspouts. There are a variety of different ways to do this, but we recommend building your very own retractable downspout using Zip Hinge. It’s fairly easy to install. Simply cut your gutter extender at a 45-degree angle and connect it to your downspout with the Zip Hinge and 8 screws. Learn other downspout extender solutions here.
  5. Route the water into a storm drain or dry well. Speak with your plumber about installing a Sump Pump, which directs water away from your home to a nearby storm drain.
  6. Consider improving your grading and slope. This will probably require professional excavation, but it may be necessary to allow water to escape the vicinity of your home.
  7. You may notice low spots around your home. If you do, fill them as soon as you can.
  8. Consider installing “french drains, a trench with sand or gravel that allows the water to flow away from the home, in the direction of the grade.
  9. It will cost you a pretty penny, but consider changing your impermeable surfaces, such as concrete, into permeable pavers or gravel.
  10. Consider various rainwater collection solutions, such as rain barrels, cisterns, and rain gardens.

If you do choose a drainage solution that involves digging, make sure you call 811 or your local utility company to make sure it is safe.

Hopefully, this will help you to better manage your water runoff! If not, call Universal Home Experts for a drainage consultation. Your best bet may be to install underground PVC piping to manage water runoff.

Underground PVC Piping

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Check out our blog, 3 Easy DIY Yard Projects for a how-to guide for cleaning and inspecting your gutters.

If you suspect a flooding scenario, turn off the electrical panel, call your insurance company, and never re-enter your home until an official has deemed it safe to do so.

You want to react swiftly and decisively after a flood.


If you are having trouble diverting your water, give Universal Home Experts a call! We are your trusted source for local plumbing, electric, and HVAC installation and repair in Houston and the surrounding areas.

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