What is a downspout? It is a fundamental component of the roof drainage system and is imperative to the roof performance. They are pipes that connect to your gutter channel and are extended to a few feets away from your home for proper roof gutter drain.
The downspout is also known by many other names such as drainpipe, roof drain pipe, leader, waterspout and the list goes on. But whatever the name may be, the function is the same. It diverse rainwater away from the roof and allow the gutter to transform it down to the ground without disrupting the landscape and the building.
If you see a downspout, you can easily spot it as the pipe that is vertical to your home and sometimes even is extended to the underground. Some may be finished at the ground level but many other designs lead the drainpipe into sewers to prevent water from soiling the garden.
For many underground downspouts like these are the perfect solution to keeping their home and lawn as dry as possible. They want to preserve the perfect look of their landscape and prevent any soil erosion from gushing water from the gutters and downspouts.
Underground downspouts are alternatives that are considered more expensive than regular ones. On the other hand, the price we pay is a way of preserving the aesthetics of your home and the look of your lawn. And they are also responsible for increasing the home value as well. Potential buyers are attracted to underground downspouts that are made of quality materials.
Underground downspouts may be an attractive investment but it also has some disadvantages, such as the prone to clogging. Having underground downspouts does not stop clogging any better than a normal drain pipe, especially if it is made out of perforated plastic pipes or plastic PVC. They can be easily clogged with twigs, and other accumulation of debris and lead to water leakages and damages to the roof.
However, just like any other downspout, there are signs of clogging that can help you prevent any further damage of the system. You can notice a clog when water starts backing up on the gutters and spilling from upwards position. Even if the gutters are cleaned and the water is spilling, then this is a clear sign of a clogging of your underground downspouts.
Another clear sign is when the lawn or soil in your garden or backyard starts to become wet. The whole point of the underground pipe is to ensure that your home and lawn are completely waterproof. And if you see water where it should not be, then this is a sign to get your underground downspouts checked out for any clogging.
Underground downspouts are not particularly essential for our homes and nor does it have much more special benefits compared to the regular ones. However, it does have the advantage of making your home look visually more attractive and keeping your property, basement, and lawns much drier. Waterproofing solutions like these also tend to work well with other solutions such as hydrophobic insulation and dehumidifiers.