Gutter Guards and Popup Drain Emitters

garyblackMay 28, 2006

Hi - I may be posting this on the wrong forum, but I couldn't find a "drainage" or "gutter" forum. Any advice about more applicable forums (either on Gardenweb or elsewhere) would be appreciated.

1) I just build a new home. My builder installed pop-up drain emitters to carry away water from the downspouts to roughly 20' out into the yard. It just occurred to me that small debris flowing through the downspouts may wash out the popup emitter OK, but large debris may get stuck near the 90-degree popup elbow. I'm concerned since I have a finished basement and worry about water backing up around the downspouts/gutters due to blockage in the popup emitter area. How do people normally deal with this?

2) This leads to my second question - to prevent large debris from getting into my gutter (and hence downspout) in the first place, I'm considering to buy gutter guards. But there are so many varieties available now that it makes my head spin. Does anybody have success (or failure) stories about these, how well do they work, and what should I look for when choosing the type/brand of gutter guard?

Thanks in advance for any info or leads to more applicable forums,


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
maro(z8 WA)

At the top of this page click 'Home Forums." On that page at the bottom is a "search" option. Try 'gutters' and 'downspouts' to start.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2006 at 2:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks. I didn't even notice that forum. I have never ventured outside of the Garden Forum before.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2006 at 3:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

We had gutter guards on our old house--the mesh types. We didn't like them--large leaves got caught in the mesh at odd angles (like one corner of a leaf sticking into the mesh and the rest of the leaf hanging out), so by the end of the season we had leaves sticking out all over the length of our gutters. It was worse to clean than just cleaning normal, unguarded gutters. Let me know if you find something great.

Here is a link that might be useful: ask the builder

    Bookmark   May 30, 2006 at 8:47AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have Leaf Relief gutter guards on my home. They are produced by Alcoa. They are made of aluminum and are perforated to keep debris out of the gutter and to allow rain to pass through. Why don't you check them out when you get a chance?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 2:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I wouldnt waste time or money on gutter guards as the gutters will eventually be even more difficult to clean. I am considering gutter brushes - if they get clogged they should be easy to pull out/clean/reposition - or the other contraption.


I have also seen a Canadian product which has a leaf filter near the bottom of the downspout - which is accessed for easy cleaning just by opening a hatch.....cant find my http for that though at the moment.

I have a similar water disposal system using a pop-up valve. It works very well and my plants get a lot of extra water. I installed them them as my dry-well had longsince clogged up. I dont think it will be too hard to clean the pipes if they do clog.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 27, 2006 at 1:01AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have found something similar to the downspout leaf filer mentioned above.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 27, 2006 at 1:11AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
joepyeweed(5b IL)

Did the builder install a cleanout near the point where the downspout connects to the underdrain?

If so you can periodically flush the lines, from the clean out towards the pop up. You need to remove the pop-up caps while flushing to make sure debris comes out... and keep flushing until you see no debris. Or you could hire a plumber to run a snake through also.

You are right to be concerned about this. Too many people ignore the underdrains, they get clogged and then they have a moisture problem in their basement because the downspouts are not draining away from the foundation like they should.


    Bookmark   July 27, 2006 at 7:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have had Clearwater gutter protection installed on my home 2 years ago, and it has worked great. Alot of my friends have had other products installed and have to call the companies all the time to clean out there gutters. Clearwater has a money back no clog Warranty. My feeling is if you are going to spend any type of money on gutter protection, it should at least work.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2006 at 10:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Seldom venturing out of the garden is probably a good idea.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2006 at 10:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I live in Northern Ohio and I had LeafMaster do my gutter protection. I couldn't be happier with it. They use a micro screen system that has not clogged yet!! They have a money back guarantee too! If it clogs you get your money back! I highly recommend them.

Here is a link that might be useful: LeafMaster

    Bookmark   October 15, 2011 at 1:04AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Issue with Retainer Wall, fixable or redo?
Hi, first time posting here. I'm looking for advice...
John Turner
Help with small retaining wall
I am starting to landscape my yard and am having trouble...
the bane of my existence - what to plant in driveway ribbon???
I live in a historic district... the board has to approve...
Need landscaping ideas
Hi, we just built this house on a junior acre in zone...
Sponsored Products
Sabrina Rug 5' x 8' - BLACK/BEIGE
$286.90 | Horchow
Go Dog Bird Ball Dog Toy with Chew Guard - 770759
$15.99 | Hayneedle
R Series Galvanized 14-Inch Outdoor Railroad Pendant with 24-Inch Stem
$153.78 | Bellacor
Two-Light Cast Guard Island Pendant
$861.95 | Bellacor
Single Bowl 30-inch Stainless Steel Undermount Kitchen Sink
Laminate Wood Flooring: Pergo Flooring XP Haley Oak 8 mm Thick x 7-1/2 in. Wide
$2.28 | Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™