Learn How To Extend The Length Of Your Downspouts Quickly And Easily

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Downspouts are the long tubes that are attached to your gutters. If the downspouts are not long enough, the water that comes down them when it rains may collect at the foundation of the home. This can cause significant damage to the foundation, and it can even cause leaks to occur. If you have found that pools of water collect at the bottom of your downspouts when it rains, use the following guide to learn how to quickly and easily extend your downspouts to ensure the water is directed away from your home's foundation.

Take Measurements

The first thing you will need to do is to measure how far away from the home the downspout needs to go to ensure that the water does not pool around your foundation. Use a measuring tape to measure the distance and make a note of the exact measurement so you can extend the downspout pipe far enough out from your home.

Cut a Piece of Downspout Pipe

Next, you need to use a handsaw to cut a piece of downspout pipe to the exact length that you measured. You want to be sure that you use a piece of pipe that matches the pipe that is already found on your home so you have a seamless look when you finish the project.

Crimp the Pipe

You will need to be able to slide the end of the new downspout pipe into the end of the elbow found at the end of the downspout that is already attached to your home. Use a pair of pliers to crimp the pipe. You will simply need to bend the edges of the portion of the pipe you cut slightly toward the center of the opening in the pipe.

Attach the Pipe Extension

Push the new pipe into the end of the elbow of the old downspout. Use a drill to drill a few holes in the end of the elbow through the new pipe so that you can attach them together. Screw small screws into the holes you created to secure the elbow to the new pipe so that it doesn't come loose when heavy rain falls.

Repeat the process with all of your other downspout pipes. Be sure to place a splash block under the end of each pipe to ensure that the water flows away from your home when it rains rather than pooling at the end of the pipe. If you find that you need help with this process, contact a professional like Custom Exteriors.

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