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How to Install a Pop-Up Gutter Drain

Gutters and downspouts are an important part of any home, directing moisture away from your roof and foundation. However, during heavy rains the water can pool at the bottom of the downspout and seep into the foundation of your home. A pop-up gutter drain is installed underground to move rainwater from the bottom of a gutter to another spot on your property. This allows you to recycle the rainwater to a part of your yard that doesn't get as much water.

A house gutter moves rainwater to a pop-up gutter drain.

Decide where the gutter drain is to be located in the yard. As you are planning the pipeline, think about where the water would naturally go if your home wasn't there. This should help you to avoid causing damage to your neighbor's homes or the surrounding ecosystem.

Dig a trench that is 12 to 14 inches deep. Slant the trench slightly so that it drops approximately 1/8 inch for every foot of pipe that is run. Do not place the pipe directly against the foundation of your home.

Place a 4-inch smooth plastic SDR-35 sewer pipe into the trench. Connect the pipe with fittings and PVC cement. If you must make a bend or turn in the piping, it should be done with 45-degree angle or smaller fittings.

Install an inline pop-up valve at the end of the gutter drain. The valve should connect to the pipe with PVC pipe or a threaded pipe fitting.

Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • 4-inch smooth plastic SDR-35 sewer pipe
  • Pipe fittings
  • PVC cement
  • Inline pop-up valve

Tip

  • Check with local building codes and regulations reagrding the collection of storm water before starting this project.

Warning

  • Check with local utilities before digging to ensure there are no underground power lines or cables.

About the Author

Cadence Johansen is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about travel, marriage, family relationships, caregiver support, home improvement and money. Johansen has been writing professionally since 2008. She holds a master's degree in family studies from Utah State University.

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