Do I Need Splash Blocks? We get this question a lot about gutter splash blocks. Read more to find out!
Gutter Splash Blocks vs Downspout Extensions
You know about gutters and downspouts, but what exactly is a gutter splash block? Splash blocks are rectangular plastic or concrete channels that carry rainwater from the downspout away from the foundation of your home.
Gutter systems can divert rainwater to gardens or into your lawn. A frequent issue we see when cleaning gutters is a missing splash block, whether it is a concrete splash block, a plastic splash block, or a stone splash block.
It would be best to direct rainwater from the home so that water doesn’t pool at your foundation. When rainwater pools at your foundation, it can cause leaks, water damage, and microbial growth in your home.
A Missing Splash Block Can Cost You
If you have gutters installed in your home, there’s a good chance you also have downspouts; however, you might not have splash blocks. Sometimes people overlook these important components when researching gutter installations. They’re a necessity, and a missing splash block can cause expensive water issues.
How Are Splash Blocks Installed?
Install splash blocks directly under each downspout. The splash block should be large enough to carry water about three feet away. Constantly adjust them in an angle away from your home; prepare to change the grade level if necessary. The ideal pitch is a slope of 6 inches in 10 feet. The splash block needs to be higher at the foundation end, to move rainwater forward, away from the house. When you’ve placed your splash block in the appropriate place, level the soil and pack if necessary. Your splash block should settle with time and moisture.
Whether you’re putting finishing touches on your home’s exterior, protecting your landscaping, or safeguarding against foundation and water issues, splash blocks are essential. When rainwater pools at your foundation, it can cause leaks, water damage, and microbial growth in your home.