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FAQ - Downspout Extensions ans Splash Blocks

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about our downspout extensions and splash blocks

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How can the Alu-Rex downspout extension ans splash block allow avoiding water infiltration at my residence?

Rainwater that is too close to the residence may easily cause water infiltration in the foundations. Thanks to the downspout extensions and splash blocks, water is diverted away from the house, which in turn allows reducing the risks of water infiltration. All that is required is to use the product of your choice in order to lead water opposite to the residence.

Can Alu-Rex downspout extensions and splash blocks be adapted to all downspout models?

The Tilt-Up Extension has been designed specifically for 2” X 3” rectangular downspouts. The Extend & Rotate Extension and Flexible Extension fit both 2” x 3” and 3” x 4” downspouts. The Splash Block fits all downspout sizes.

Can the Alu-Rex downspout extension get clogged?

When an eavestrough is protected by a leaf guard, dead leaves and debris will not cause any obstruction. When rain gutters do get clogged, debris can eventually go down the downspout and obstruct it or even clog the extension as well. Any leaf guard model will actually prevent this issue from happening. See our rain gutter protection product selector to find the model that best suits your needs.

Should I store my downspout extensions and splash blocks for winter?

It is strongly recommended to store your splash blocks and downspout extensions for winter or, at the very least, lift the extensions and attach them along the downspouts during that period. The weight of snow and ice could damage them. However, it is important that you put them back before snow melts in spring in order to allow water to circulate and thus avoid any risk of water infiltration.

How do I determine the extension length that will best address my needs?

In order to determine the required length, you must measure the distance between the downspout and the foundations of your residence. Based upon the slope of your property, the landscape design, and your plant beds, you will need to divert water far enough and in the opposite direction. A distance of 6’ is usually required to that effect.

What is the main difference between all downspout extension products from Alu-Rex?

Simple and easy to install, the Tilt-Up Extension is designed specifically to be lifted along the downspout, thereby making it easier when mowing the lawn. The Flexible Extension can be elongated by connecting several extensions together and can be buried to be hidden from view. As for the Extend & Rotate Extension, it allows diverting water farther away and swivels 180 degrees, thereby directing water to strategic areas.

Depending on your needs as far as downspout extensions are concerned, we have the right Alu-Rex product for you!

What can I do with my downspout extension so that it looks better?

Alu-Rex downspout extension products can easily be made to match your landscaping. You can integrate them into your plant bed design with mulch or soil for a more discrete look. For a Zen atmosphere to your garden, we suggest filling the downspout extension with little rocks that will drain water with an original touch. Let your creativity loose and lift your Alu-Rex downspout extension at the pinnacle of landscape design!

Why has the installer located the downspout where it is if there are potential risks of water infiltration?

In several cases, our installers have no choice but to have the downspouts where they are. Specifically with older houses because the slope of the property is very often inadequate to divert water in the right direction and locating the downspouts in other areas would not be wise. Similarly, a residence that requires the installation of several downspouts due to the high volume of water to be drained may end up with downspouts located in areas that are a bit less effective, although their installation is still as necessary. Extensions and splash blocks are specifically designed to address these very issues.