Rain gutters are an essential part of your property, regardless of if you own a house or a commercial building. Along with rain chains and gutter guards, splash blocks are among the most common gutter accessories, but are they necessary?
Yes! We think they are. Our team at the Rhino Gutter Company explains why your gutters need splash blocks.
What are Splash Blocks?
A splash block is a rectangular device that is installed under the downspout to catch all the water that comes from above.
Splash blocks are usually framed by lifted areas on each side to prevent water from running towards your home’s foundation or the soil of your landscaping.
Made from metal, concrete, or plastic, splash blocks come in multiple sizes and shapes, but they generally come in a standard size of 30 to 36 inches in length.
Types of Splash Block Materials:
- Won’t chip or break
- Easy to install and move
- Not suitable for heavy rainfall
- Good quality plastic won’t break
- Easy to install and move
- May move easily in heavy winds or storms
- Available in decorative designs
- Strong and durable
- Heavier as compared to rubber and plastic
- Easy to install
- Available in a variety of decorative designs
Splash guards do a lot to preserve the soil and yards of suburban homes and other buildings that are surrounded by greenery. Obviously, this also helps reduce the chance of water finding its way to your home’s foundation or causing damage to any sidewalks or driveways.
The Benefits of Splash Blocks
There are several benefits to installing splash blocks. Here are just a few:
- They prevent water from damaging the foundation of your house.
- They protect your home’s exterior from getting muddy or dirty.
- They can be used to direct water away from your garden or lawn.
- They can be a decorative addition to your property, as some are shaped like a pond or rocky stream.
- They are important for places like Tampa Bay that receive heavy rainfall and hurricanes.
Signs You Need Splash Blocks
Some areas don’t receive enough rainfall to warrant the installation of splash blocks, but in Tampa Bay, we recommend installing them due to our ample rainfall.
If you have more than one downspout around your house, you likely receive a lot of rain. A splash block under each downspout will help rainwater drain away more quickly and smoothly than it would without one.
The signs that you may need splash blocks include:
- Water slips from the downspouts to the foundation of your home
- You notice dampness around the foundation
- There are signs of landscaping and soil erosion
- If you have a basement, it floods often
Depending on the case, you could also get a custom-made downspout extension. These extensions can be as long as you need them to be for adequate drainage.
Also, it should be noted that if your house is too close to another home, there is a danger that your downspouts could be sending water where it shouldn’t—right into your neighbor’s yard! If the space won’t accommodate a downspout extension, a splash block could be the ideal solution, guiding rainwater farther from the foundation or property line.
Remember, whenever a downspout doesn’t carry water as far away from your home as it should, you need a splash block.
Protect Your Home from Tampa’s Heavy Rainfall
If you are ready to protect your home’s foundation and landscaping from the onslaught of Tampa Bay’s ample rainfall, call on our team at The Rhino Gutter Company. From seamless gutters to our patented Rhino Gutter Guards, we have the perfect solution for you!
Call us today for a hassle-free quote; (888) 407-4466!