Downspout Connectors a MUST!

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by Julie Wesley–“Back in the day,” I co-hosted the Saturday morning Real Estate Radio show on KFRU for many years.  One of the frequent topics during the summer months was the idea that homeowners should “water” their foundations…especially in times of severe drought. We encouraged folks to turn the sprinkler on near their home so the clay soil would not dry out completely and pull away from the foundation…creating a space for water to infiltrate.

I have recently noticed, as I have been showing homes, that the grade/dirt around many foundations has settled.  This has been caused by the drought that we experienced this past summer of 2012…and, in part, because homeowners may not have “watered” their foundations.  With the grade around the foundations of a home settling, this has caused many of the downspouts that are buried to become separated from their extensions.

If the downspouts are not connected properly near the foundation of a home, it will allow rain water to pool instead of being diverted away from the foundation.  Danger, danger! This may allow water to find its way into your basement. 🙁   – possibly from the space that has been created by the soil being so dry and pulling away!

Fortunately, this is a simple and affordable fix!  Your local hardware stores (Westlakes, Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, etc) provide many types of connectors that you can install yourself in minutes. (I’ve done it myself!)

I hope that our summer has a little more rain in store this year…but in the meantime, check those foundations before we have any torential downpours.

 

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