Is that time of the year already coming, when water just keeps on coming down from the skies like there’s no tomorrow? Well, be prepared!
Ideally, your house should be prepared to handle the rainwater and redirecting it to a certain area where proper drainage is available. Gutters are often the way to go, but it will look better and minimize complications if you can just redirect the downspout with only one elbow, or a splash block on the side of your house.
Read the instructions below to know how you can redirect rainwater from a downspout.
- Materials that you will need:
- Shovel with long handle
- Drill and drill bit
- Aluminum sheet
- Screw driver
- Screws or rivet tools
- Add an extension on the surface. Add a horizontal downspout using PVC or a flexible drainpipe to the bottom of the present downspout. The downspout should now extend to around 5 to 6 feet from the house.
- Install a hinged extension. Create a hinged extension manually that tilts up and away from the house. If the downspout has an elbow at the bottom, remove it and cut the end off. Observe a 45 degree angle when cutting using a hacksaw with a fine-tooth blade. Now, connect the cut end and the bottom of the downspout with a hinge. Drill holes for the screws of rivets to keep them in place. As an alternative, you can visit a hardware store and ask if they have pre-connected downspouts and hinge. If you purchase one of these kits, you simply have to attach it over the downspout extension. Make sure you secure all connections with ¼ inch aluminum sheet-metal screws.
- Make an automatic extension. The goal for this extension is to shorten the pre-existing downspout. You can cut it in place or remove and replace it. Mount the downspout to the wall. Do this using a drill and a drill bit. The extension will slowly lower to the ground during rainfall due to the weight. It will go back to its original state afterwards.
- Create an underground extension. This extension will require some digging. Use a shovel with a long handle and dig a long trench to fit an underground pipe. Do not dig too deep or too shallow. It should be just the right depth to bury the pipe without causing a bump once covered with soil again. Attach an elbow and a drain adapter on the downspout near the house end. On the other end, insert a surface bubbler or catch basin. A surface bubbler allows the water to spill slowly on the ground without causing much splatter.
- Add downspout filters to catch leaves that may enter. Leaves and other foreign objects may block the water from running smoothly to the drain.
Manipulating the downspout and where the water will go is no easy feat. Make sure you use the proper materials and take extra caution when handling power tools. Use safety goggles and gloves if need be, especially when drilling or cutting the downspout.