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Example of Poor Downspout and Drainage

A gutter system is a cruicial part of your home that collects the water captured by your roof. Without it, rain runs off of your roof, splashes against your house and erodes the ground. Over time, this can result in permature wear and damage to your siding, erosion of your landscaping, and potentially even flooding of your basement or crawl space and damage to the foundation of your home.

However, just as important as collecting the water from your roof is carrying the water away from the perimeter of your house.

The picture below, which we found at givemetalk.com, demonstrates how NOT to handle the runoff coming from a downspout. In this photo, water is being collected into a shallow pool of gravel. While this may prevent the water from splashing and eroding the immediate area around the downspout, it doesn't address the distribution of runoff. It's like putting a funnel in a cup and then pouring a gallon of water through: the cup overflows and the water has nowhere to go. The end effect: water will oversaturate the soil underneath the gravel, destabilizing the soil and potentially flooding the crawlspace. Over time, it could even damage the home's foundation.

bad drainage idea

At a minimum, this downspout should have an extension to carry the water further away from the house. If the grading of the land slopes away from the home as it should, the water will continue down hill, away from the house. However, above-ground extensions are prone to being damaged or knocked loose and they are not particularly attractive.

A better solution is to install a catch basin and then carry the water away through an underground drain pipe to the closest stormwater drain. The video below from Apple Drains in Charlotte, NC does a great job of demonstrating how this type of drain system works, as well as showing how to carry water away to an area not accessible by a storm drain.

We highly recommend installation of underground drainage systems here in the Olympia area to handle the large volume of rain handled by your gutter system during the winter months. While we don't install the catch basins and drainage systems as part our new gutter systems, we will be happy to work with your landscaper or other contractor to advise them.

 

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Drain System Idea for Downspout Run-Off

We spotted this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be good to share. This concrete gully carries water from the gutter downspout away from the home, providing a durable alternative to a long, aluminum gutter extension.This concrete gully carries water from the gutter downspout away from the home, providing a durable alternative to a long, aluminum gutter extension. (original photo link)

We install gutter systems for homes, including downspouts, throughout South Puget Sound and the Olympia area, but there are limitations with downspout extensions to carry water farther away from a home. Most notably, if we install a long aluminum extension, it is prone to being damaged by being accidentally stepped on, hit with a lawn mower, or even snowed on. It also doesn't blend into landscaping very well.

Rather than use a long downspout extension, an alternative is to build a small gully to carry the water away. This can be done using off-the-shelf parts from a home improvement store, such as concrete capstones and border pieces. The river rock shown in the picture helps to keep the the water from splashing, adds weight to the blocks underneath to keep them from shifting, and is more aesthetically appealing then bare concrete.

The gully shown here is fairly simple, but it's possible to make more elaborate ones with curves to make hem more interesting.

This is a project that most homeowners can easily handle themselves, but if you'd like something like this built when we install your gutters, we can do it for you. Just provide us with the materials and we will take care of it.

For a free estimate on your gutter installation project, fill out our contact form or call us at (360) 264-4574.

 

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Bi-feed Downspout Examples

With the our many years of experience, we have installed gutters on hundred of residential and commercial properties. If there's a roof, we can find a way to put a gutter on it.

Bi-feed downspouts are a technique we use in two situations:

  1. Our customer wants to limit the number of downspouts for aesthetic reasons;
  2. Unusual or tricky roof designs prevent us from being able to install a downspout to drain a particular length of gutter.
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September 2015 Update: We Are Swamped!

Ed Steffen, owner of Capitol GutterChange in Seasons Brings a Change in Our Services

It's almost fall. The nights are getting a bit nippy and trees are showing a tinge of color. The Seahawks have played their first game of the season (they'll do better next week against the Packers!) and the days are getting noticeably shorter.

Of course, that means the leaves will be falling and the inevitable winter rainy season is soon to follow. For us, that means many, many previous customers calling to prepare their roofs and gutters for winter with a fall cleaning.

While roof and gutter cleaning is a big part of our business, so is our commitment to remaining a small, family-owned and operated business. We are fanatical about customer service and quality of workmanship, and from day one we decided we want to keep our business in the family.

Quite frankly, we are swamped. We have cleaning appointments scheduled many weeks in advance and we do not want to overcommit or underperform, because quality and customer experience are everything to us.

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Tricky Gazebo Downspout

Custom-designed downspout for gazebo. Click the photo for larger view.Custom-designed downspout for gazebo. Click the photo for larger view.Here's another one of those tricky situations where we had to create a customized downspout. This gazebo near Tenino needed gutters because when it rained, the run-off was splashing inside the covered area. It was also eroding the soil and over time could have damaged the concrete slab.

Since there are no walls like on a house, we needed to attach the downspouts to the support beams. However, as you can see in the picture, the support beams do not have any open sides where we could directly run a gutter down to the ground.

Our solution was to create custom elbow joints to wrap around one of the cross beams. We chose this location because the downspouts would be better protects and less likely to be damaged than if we'd run them along the outside profile of the support beams. We also didn't want to cover up the metal brackets that hold the structure together, so was just as much an aesthetic decision.

No matter what type of structure you have, if it needs gutters, our team at Capitol Gutter will find a way to install them. Contact us today and we'll be happy to give you a free quote.

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Capitol Gutter, Inc.
(360) 264.4574
PO Box 945
Tenino, Wa. 98589

Serving Greater Olympia,
Thurston, Mason, Lewis counties

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