When it comes to your home’s foundation, one of the most important things you can do is control the water around your home. Whether it comes from a hose, sprinkler or rain, the way your gutters and downspouts perform is crucial to preventing foundation damage. One common element of your home that can allow water to collect and force the soil around your home to expand is precipitation coming from the downspout. Here are a few steps to ensure water drains down your downspout and away from your house.
1.) Clean gutters regularly. This allows rainwater to continue to move freely.
2.) Attach an elbow to the bottom of the downspout.
3.) Attach an extension to the elbow. This extension will carry water further away from the foundation
4.) If you use a “splashblock” at the end of your downspout, ensure that it is sloped away from the house.
5.) To move water further away from your home you can dig a trench, place a PVC pipe in the trench and connect it to the downspout.
These are only a few tips of how to ensure your gutters and downspouts are performing correctly and keeping your foundation safe. One of the leading causes of foundation damage is poor drainage. If you think your home may have foundation problems, it is important to trust the repair to a local, experienced foundation repair company that understands how our unique natural conditions in south Louisiana impact our homes. For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been helping homeowners. They stand behind their work with a fully transferable lifetime warranty. Click here to learn more about the signs of foundation damage.