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Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and Downspouts
Jeff Rubesch - Sat Mar 07, 2009 @ 11:33AM
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This Saturday has posed a threat of rain all day. It brought to my mind the topic of water near the foundation. No homeowner wants to have a leaky basement. One of the best ways to prevent leaky basements is to make sure the gutters and downspouts are in good, sound condition. By that I mean no leaks, all connections are secure with screws and downspouts are diverted well away from the basement. I have heard many recommendations of how far to extend downspouts from the foundation. The distance varies in each situation. The best suggestion I can give is to make sure the downspout extends at least 3-6 feet away from the house and the ground is sloping away from the house at the exit point of the downspout extension. It is also important to ensure the ground itself slopes away from the house. If there is a low spot near the foundation where water will collect, the water will eventually leak into the basement.

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1. Anonymous   |   Thu May 18, 2017 @ 07:38AM

Nice article on this http://www.superiorpaper.net/ website. I think these are things on which Government should focus but still it is good that we as good citizen should perform our duties and think about the things which we can control. In rainy days excess of water and leakage on somewhere that issue arises but we can control them.

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