Rain Leaders, Conductors, Gutters and Down Spouts

Conducting Rain

Rain leaders lead water away from a shelter. Underground or above ground, they are an effective means of protecting the foundation of a building. However, there is no proof positive method of preventing them from becoming stopped up by debris or just organic ‘muck’. Above ground, a rain leader is a bit more manageable for preventing and clearing a blockage. However, many people prefer to run the rain leader beneath ground, as an above ground installation presents many hazards and is a distraction when looking to present curb appeal.

Underground rain leaders may not be a good application for your property. Once water is in the ground, water spreads out and down. That same water you intend to move away from your property may, by capillary action, arrive under your foundation, beneath the basement floor.

Having extensions on a rain leader installed above ground are a trip hazard, nuisance, unappealing and make lawn care cumbersome. However, you will want to ensure the rain water is lead to a surface that will quickly lead the water further away from your home. Maybe to a driveway and hopefully the drive will have a storm drain near by.

In Ground Installation of Rain Leaders

Installation of in ground rain leaders is an attractive feature. The idea of not having rain water pooling in the yard gives peace of mind and is kind of intriguing. “Where does it go?” However, there is some worry attached to the possibility of having a blockage on the buried rain leader. “How will I fix that? How much will it cost?”

Clearing a Blockage from an Underground Rain Leader

A blockage in an underground rain leader is no longer a thing to be concerned with. Today’s technology for sewer and drain cleaning is also used in clearing blockages from underground rain leaders. Jetting, or pressure bladders are the instrument preferred. However, it is also possible to relieve a blockage with a cable. High pressure water can not always be used due to the possibility of having corrugated pipe buried in the yard as the conductor for the rain leader. High pressure can tear the pipe apart or a high pressure jetter hose may lodge in the earth when penetrating the pipe. If jetting is preferred, it is best to ask the drain cleaning technician to use caution and begin jetting with low pressure.

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