We are the Cincinnati downspout drain specialists! If your downspouts are not properly installed and discharging water where they should be, you could be doing significant damage to your property. Water that is allowed to discharge next to the foundation of a home, garage or commercial building can cause multiple different kinds of harm. We will outline a few of them below.
As it rains, water that is running off of the roof is caught in the gutter system of your property. The gutters should be slightly inclined in order for the water to run toward the opening where the downspout is connected. If this water is not collected at the bottom of the downspout and routed away from the foundation, chances are it will leach into the soil around the foundation wall and (best case) either discharge into the drainage tile at the footing of the building or (worst case) accumulate on the outside of the foundation wall and seek a fracture or crack in the wall to enter the basement or even worse, build up to a point where hydraulic pressure is significant enough to physically move the foundation wall, causing significant structural damage.
The damage that can be done is significant and costly. The remedy is much more cost effective and completely effective in removing the water from around the house.
When water is discharged into the yard, there can be an erosion issue that begins occurring immediately. Erosion doesn't just happen when there is enough volume of water to "cut" the soil away. It also happens when water is allowed to saturate the soil in a given area, leaving it wet for an extended time frame. When the soil is saturated, every time it rains, even a light rain, a small amount of soil will be washed away. Over time, the constant removal of the soil actually makes the area even more susceptible to holding more water as the resulting "bowl" gets larger and deeper. The downspout pipe should be extended underground to an area that is downhill and away from the building. The area where the "bowl" has been crated should then be filled to level with soil and grass seed or mulch added to prevent ongoing issues of water ponding or holding there. We offer Cincinnati downspout drain services.