A gutter may be essential to a house when it comes to collecting rain, hail and other natural elements that can damage a house, but it’s not functional unless it has a downspout to guide those elements out and away from your property. A downspout is a key part of a home’s exterior drainage system and it pays to ensure that the one attached to your home provides long-lasting quality.
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A downspout is a attached to your home’s gutter and designed to carry the rainwater, hail, etc. that collects on the roof of your house and directs it down to the ground. Most downspouts also have a bent section at the end that serves to direct the water or debris away from the house to prevent the moisture from collecting near the base of the house and causing possible damage.
Environmentally conscious homeowners have even managed to make downspouts part of their “green” lifestyle. The spouts can be used to direct water into a barrel, cistern or other container (including simple jugs, bottles and buckets). The collected water can be reused in a number of ways, including watering a garden and (when properly treated) doing laundry and providing water for a toilet system.