If you have ever had an area of your home where you were constantly raking back and replacing your mulch, you know how frustrating migrating mulch can be. Migrating mulch is a sign that more costly issues of erosion, and potential moisture related foundation damage could eventually appear. Attaching FLEX-Drain downspout adaptors and FLEX-Drain pipe can solve this problem, with a simple and easy installation.
For below ground installations follow these steps:
- Locate an acceptable area that is at least 20 ft away from the foundation of your home where the water can be diverted (such as a low lying ditch, out to the curb, or into a below ground gravel pit). The area must have a constant downward slope, starting at a higher elevation, ending at a lower elevation to promote gravity fed water flow.
- Dig a trench from the end of your downspout to this area, ensuring there is a constant downward pitch to the slope of the ditch from one end to the other.
- Install a downspout adaptor to the downspout, and install solid FLEX-Drain from the adaptor, into the ditch, covering it with gravel and/or top soil to protect and hide it. Multiple lines can be tied together using the Flexible T/Y and couplers.
Result: The water will be diverted from the end of the downspout through the pipe, stopping the mulch from being washed away, as well as eliminating erosion, and reducing the risk of moisture related foundation damage.
You can also install FLEX-Drain above ground in non-traffic areas, and divert the water toward or around trees, shrubs or bushes. This application requires no digging, and can easily be moved around as desired.