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FEATURES

Overflowing Gutters
and Flooded Basements...
Could Be Clogged Downspout Drainage Pipes

by A.D. Moyer Lumber
iverting rainwater away from your home's
foundation is important for multiple reasons. It
significantly reduces the chances of foundation
erosion, basement flooding and soil and grass deterioration.
It is extremely important to not let your downspouts dump
hundreds of gallons of water at their base next to your
foundation. Attach drainpipes to the downspouts on your
home and move water away from the foundation.

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In many cases this is accomplished by burying 4 inch
diameter drainpipes underground and running them out to
'daylight' in the yard. This method is the most desired as it is
less unsightly and more convenient than having pipes laying
on top of the grass.
A common mistake that homeowners make is 'out of sight,
out of mind'. If you have buried drainpipes, it is important
to remember to keep the end clear where they empty into
your yard. Over time grass will grow in front of the pipe end
if not maintained. This growth will start to work as a dam
and block debris that is washing down from your gutter
system including leaves, twigs, tree nuts, and pebbles that
wash off the roof shingles.
If not properly addressed, this debris will build up at
the end of the pipe and eventually clog the pipe. That's
when things start to get ugly. With hundreds of gallons of
rainwater pouring from your gutter system, the water will

back up the clogged pipe to your home's foundation. This is
a very common cause of flooded basements which often is
not covered by insurance and can cost thousands of dollars
to repair, not to mention the growth of dangerous mold and
mildew.
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION
Keep the pipes clean! However you have to schedule
this process to make it easy for you to remember, do so.
Whether that is part of your spring and fall yard cleanup
routines or every time you trim the grass, keep the pipes
clean.
In most cases, you can simply reach up the end of the pipe
with your hand or a small gardening tool and pull debris
out to clear the end. In extreme cases when pipes have been
neglected for years, the clogging may be out of reach. In that
case, use of a plumber's snake may be required to run up the
pipe and clear clogged debris.
POOR PLANNING... OR POOR PLANTING
Poor planning after the pipes have been buried can also
add to clogged pipes over time. Especially when a tree is
planted over or near the drain pipe. It is possible for tree
roots to grow into the pipes and create a major clog. Even if
they don't, as trees grow larger and larger, the weight of the
tree can crush the pipe. Know where the pipes are buried
and avoid planting trees on top of them.

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