We offer several different downspout drain sizes depending on how much water flow there will be on your home’s gutter system.
It does not matter if you have a poured concrete foundation, block crawl space or stone foundation, water is the number one enemy to any type of foundation. Water infiltration through basement walls, poor gutters, bad drainage and subsurface water all lead to leaky, wet basements and crawlspaces. By stopping this water infiltration you will be protecting the value of your home and your health.
Downspout drains are a very important part of the storm water drainage system on your home or business. These downspout drains are responsible for taking the water from your roof, gutters, and downspouts out away from the foundation. If water continues to saturate your foundation and surrounding soil, very expensive repairs may be a short few years down the road. Excessive moisture around the foundation promotes settling, termite infiltration, landscape damage, mold, mildew, pressure on foundation walls, and many other costly problems.
Home builders often use 3″ thin wall pipe and cheap fittings during initial construction for the downspout drains. We offer a couple options for a higher quality pipe and fittings. Another problem that we often run into is that the downspout drains are installed before the dirt around the newly dug foundation has settled. This causes the downspout drains to separate from the downspouts only a few years after construction.
Another problem that we run into is that the home builders will tie to many down spouts into one 3″ pipe. This creates a volume issue and during periods of heavy rain the drain will overflow next to the foundation. There is also the problem of companies using cheap styrene 90 degree elbows and T fittings instead of wye fittings in an effort to save pennies per fitting so they can keep the prices more attractive to builders. These cheap fittings often crack very easily and don’t allow the water to flow efficiently, in addition to making it nearly impossible for successful routine drain cleaning maintenance. We use only the best materials available.
We specialize in retro fitting and replacing downspout drain systems onto properties that have been established for many years after initial construction. Our crews are familiar with the additional challenges of working around existing landscaping and on established lawns. When replacing your under ground drain system we recommend using 4″ drain pipe. We only install high quality fittings to help solve the many problems that are created by using low quality or undersized products.