Chuck is back with another home maintenance tip!
Today’s tip is about downspouts. Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of rain in the Midwest and if your downspouts are not properly set up you may end up with a flooded basement and a lot of damage. Making sure that your downspouts are connected and going either underground or far away from your foundation is essential.
Checking Your Downspout
In the example that Chuck shows us you can see the downspout is disconnected from the drain. In this scenario, all of the water from the drain will run next to your foundation. This will cause the water to build up and go into your sump pit causing your sump pump to work overtime. If your sump pump needs to work overtime often enough it may burn out and be ineffective when you need it most which can lead to flooding.
What Chuck recommends is running your downspout underground to an underground gutter that then takes the water to a specified place that will not cause any damage.
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