What is a gutter drain?
A gutter drain is a sealed pipe with an opening on the bottom which allows water to enter and exit. Gutter drains are designed to prevent water from backing up into your home during heavy rains. Gutter drains also keep accumulated water from freezing and breaking the ice-free draining system.
A gutter drain is connected to the bottom of your rain gutters and leads directly to drains that run along the sides of your home, away from windows. The easiest way to install a new gutter drain is the same method used by professionals. Making a mistake during installation could cause water to back up into your home, so using the proper tools and following the correct steps is very important.
The pros of installing a gutter drain
A simple gutter drain is what you need to minimize the presence of moisture under your gutters. Its purpose is to ensure that water flows freely through a pipe towards its proper destination, either in the sewer or away from the building.
Installing one has never been easier. You only need 4 feet of straight pipe and a piece of solid waste pipe which must be longer than 4 feet to ensure that there will be enough drainage channel to handle heavy rainstorms. The solid waste pipe must have a minimum diameter of ¾ inch and the fitting should be compatible with ABS plastic as it is the only material that can withstand harsh weather conditions.
The installation process doesn’t take long at all, but it’s important to know how your gutter system works before you start. Essentially, water flows through the downspout at the foundation of your building and collects in a trough (also called gutter box, gutter basin, or gutters). This channel is filled with water until it overflows on the ground. A pipe then carries this water towards the storm sewer or to another point where you can discharge it into a creek or river.
It’s important to note that if the gutters are clogged and water cannot flow freely through them and out of your home, it may overflow. The first thing you need to do is clean out the gutters by removing leaves, twigs, and other debris from their path. You can accomplish this with a rake or a blower such as a leaf vacuum. If you need to unblock the gutters, contact a professional gutter cleaner.