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When thinking about areas around the home that need to be maintained, repaired or upgraded, the downspouts may not be the first thing to come to mind. However, downspouts play a crucial role in keeping your home structurally intact.


Today’s blog from premier gutter guard installer Gutter Helmet® Systems of Alabama sheds light on whether you should bury your downspouts.

Primary Function

The main function of downspouts is to guide the water that the gutters have collected safely and efficiently away from the foundation of the house. Downspouts typically extend from the gutters, scaling the side of a house and letting water drain into a drainage system or onto a nearby garden. Some downspouts, however, are hidden from view and buried underground.

Reasons to Bury Downspouts

Downspouts are usually made from the same material as the gutters and installed on the outside of the home, but some homeowners prefer a more streamlined look and thus choose to install their downspouts underground. Another reason homeowners prefer underground downspouts is due to safety. This is applicable especially to households with kids or elderly people who could trip over the downspouts.

Whatever your reasons for burying your downspouts are, you have to make sure that you work with an experienced installer. Underground downspouts have to be buried at least 18 inches into the ground, below the frost line. Other key measurements also need to be factored in so that the water doesn’t pool around the foundation.

Beautiful Yet Practical Downspouts and Gutters

If you’re looking for a reliable downspout and gutter guard installer, look no further than Gutter Helmet Systems of Alabama. We’ll make sure your gutters, gutter covers and downspouts function efficiently, no matter the style. Call us today at (866) 598-7525 to schedule an appointment. We serve Chelsea, AL.