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The main reason to install an underground gutter drainage system is to direct water away from your home in order to prevent water damage to the basement and/or foundation. Having the system underground can also help dry out a saturated lawn.
How to Run Gutter Drainage Underground
Before you decide to start digging up your lawn, step back and make a plan. Measure out your lawn and understand where the water is flowing and where you want it to flow. Trying to direct it towards the street is usually the best option. You want to avoid directing any additional water to your neighbors’ homes. For an underground drain to work properly, you need the discharge area of the water to be lower than the inlet. Local authorities must be notified if you plan on draining into an existing drainage system as well as any existing bodies of water.
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How to Install Underground Gutter Drainage
It’s important to consider hiring professionals to install any underground pipes. They will ensure all the proper steps and precautions are taken to ensure the job is done correctly and efficiently. Installing an underground drainage system is not as easy as putting pipes in the ground.
- Dig a Trench – This task can be done with either a shovel or a commercial trenching machine. No matter the method chosen, the trench needs to be 12-14 inches in depth and about 8 inches wide. It needs to drop approximately 1/8th inch per foot to guarantee the water will continue to flow while it is underground.
- Lay the Pipe – PVC or corrugated pipe will be laid and fastened in the trench. Corrugated pipe is typically used in order to move around objects in the yard. Pipe fittings, couplings, adapters, primer, and cement may be needed depending on which type of pipe you use.
- Attach Pipe to Downspout Inlet – This can be done with screws on each side of the downspout.
- Attach Grate at Discharge Area – Attach a grate or something similar to the end of the pipe to guarantee no animals get into it.
- Backfill – Using the dirt you removed while digging the trench, cover the pipes laid to fully seal them.
If your underground gutter drainage system is working properly, you will see water flowing out of it when it rains. If you don’t see any water flowing, or the flow is slower than it should be, this means you either have a blockage or else something went wrong during the installation and there may be a leak.
Gutter Downspout Drainage Experts
At Affordable Gutter Services, we strive to do a quality job at an affordable price. If you are unsure about installing your own underground gutter drainage, we have the skill and experience to get the job done. We will happily answer any questions about the process and products we use. Call us today for a free estimate.