Gutters and downspouts are essential to protecting your home’s exterior and foundation from water damage. They safely direct water away from your property. No matter where you live, you should have a gutter system that can hold large volumes of water so your home remains protected. 

One thing that many homeowners aren’t aware of is where the rainwater from the gutter system should go. 

Where Should Rainwater Go?

Rain barrel – With a rain barrel, you can easily store rainwater that you can use for chores at home or for gardening during the dry season. You can add a diverter to the downspouts to bring the water into the barrel. The diverter can be installed underground or aboveground, depending on your needs. 


Drainage pit – A drainage pit can effectively and safely drain rainwater without affecting your home’s overall appeal. It involves excavating a part of the ground, typically three feet deep, three feet wide and three feet long. The pit is then filled with polished stone, and a drain pipe is placed in the lowest area to catch rainwater from the soil and drain it into the pit. A drainage pipe is ideal for large volumes of water. 


Rainwater collection system – This type of drainage has tanks that are connected to a filter and a pump. A rainwater collection system is great for watering plants through an irrigation system, which can be installed by pros.

What if Your Gutters and Downspouts Are Not Working Properly?

Keeping your gutters and downspouts in good shape can delay the need for a siding and roof replacement. When your gutter system is clogged, water will overflow onto your home’s exterior and back up onto the roof, causing water damage. Downspouts that are not long enough will cause rainwater to fall very close to your house, increasing the chances of foundation damage.  


Moreover, a gutter system that doesn’t have sufficient downspouts to handle the runoff can collapse, causing water to fall all around your home. Improper downspout placement can result in erosion and flooding in your garden. 


For quality gutter installation services, choose Rapid Roofing. We are one of the area’s best roofing companies. Call us at (812) 837-9654, or fill out our contact form to request a free inspection.

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