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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. Inspect & 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. Install Gutter Guards

This will help to prevent clogs and overflowing drains.

3. Landscape Plants

These 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. Improve Your Grading & Slope

This will probably require professional excavation, but it may be necessary to allow water to escape the vicinity of your home.

7. Check for 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. Consider Changing Your Impermeable Surfaces

This can cost you a pretty penny, but changing concrete, into permeable pavers or gravel can help dramatically.

10 . 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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