Your downpipes are probably not something you worry about when you clean your house and take care of the yard. However, these important parts of your home can cause far more issues than you likely ever thought about. They’re not glamorous, they’re not beautiful, but they’re necessary. Plus, having them done right can spell the difference between safety and catastrophe.
Downpipes are exactly what they sound like. These are the parts of your house that take rain water from your roof and drop it into a storm drain, or onto the ground. These are important even if your neighborhood or city doesn’t get much rainfall, so it’s a good idea to check them thoroughly (or have them checked!) yearly or so.
When checking downpipes, there are a few key things to look for. The most obvious one is that the lines are intact. This means there are no holes or leaks in them. If there is a leak, the water could potentially damage your home and cause some moisture issues for you down the line.
There should also be an appropriate amount of downpipes for the amount of gutter you have. As a general rule, every downpipe should have no more than twelve meters of gutter to handle. So whether you have fourteen meters or twenty four meters of gutter, you will need at least two downpipes.
Are your downpipes connected properly and fully secured to your house? If not, that is also an issue that needs to be addressed. Downpipes should be fastened to the building securely, using brackets or fasteners that do not rust and can stand up to heavy wind and rain.
Always seek the advice or service of a qualified professional if there are issues with your downpipes, and make sure that any repairs you do make are within your area’s building regulations. If you are unsure of the material you are using or what extra work might need to be done, it never hurts to contact a professional for assistance.