Living in Southwest Florida ensures that we have afternoon downpours of rain at least half of the year. A typical Florida home will have gutters and downspouts installed to divert the water off the roof. The downfall is that the downspouts dump a strong sudden surge or water into a concentrated area. You are taking the necessary precautions to get the water off your roof but you are NOT taking the necessary precautions to protect the property below.
A downspout that gushes into one concentrated area of the property can have the following negative effects:
1. Damage to the foundation
2. Hazard of tripping in holes caused by water infusion
3. Kills delicate plants and flowers with water saturation
Take your guttering and downspout one step further with a flexible drainage system. R&R Sprinkler and Landscape can add flexible drainage tubing at the end of the gushing downspout and route it underground with the termination in an area of the yard where the water can be more evenly distributed.
If you are considering adding a patio or renovating existing landscaping be sure your contractor addresses drainage issues BEFORE the construction begins. We have had more drainage issues, especially with new construction. The contractors and engineers are not taking into consideration where the water will go once it is diverted from the roof.
If you have drainage issues we can help find solutions. In the meantime, be careful where you step, we don’t want you to twist your ankle.