Downspout - help!
20 years ago when we bought this house, the pipes that the downspouts go into were all old clay tiles and had collaped in the yard. The first project we did was to have a guy come out and dig trenches, lay PVC pipe & connect the downspouts. It was wonderful for a few years, but now:
1. The three downspouts in the back all run into one central point underground and are tied into one pipe, then that pipe goes to the back of my property. Behind the fence is a ravine that is "wild" - not mowed, etc. Sometime over the years a mulberry bush took root right over the outlet to that drain pipe. The roots are now completely blocking the pipe.
2. The three downspouts in the front also run into a central point and tie into one pipe, that has an outlet at the curb. That pipe is blocked by roots from the silver maple trees.
I had a plumber come out and look at the situation. He wanted $400 to roto-root the entire system, and he said he'd have to come every year to keep the system cleaned out. The guy was honest and said with the ravine and trees, it's a losing battle.
I am considering just getting splash blocks and not even trying to fight the losing battle.
What do you think? Are splash blocks effective in routing water away from the house?