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A Missing Splash Block Can Cost You

You know about gutters and downspouts, but what exactly is a splash block? Splash blocks are rectangular plastic or concrete channels that carry rainwater from the downspout away from the foundation of your home.
Rainwater can be diverted to gardens or into your lawn. A frequent issue we see when cleaning gutters is a missing splash block.

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A missing splash block

You should 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

Splash block is positioned under the downspout and is not missing. gutter king wichita cleaning
Splash block is positioned under the downspout

Do I Really Need a Splash Block?

If you have gutters installed in your home, there’s a good chance you also have downspouts; however, you might not have splash blocks. They’re often overlooked when researching gutter installations. They’re actually 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. Always adjust them in an angle away from your home; prepare to change the level of grade if necessary. The ideal angle 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.

A missing splash block

We invite you to keep coming back to our blog. We like being your go-to resource for all things gutter!

For help with rain water management at your property, give us a call.

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