What the heck is a Splash Block?

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They're called a bunch of different things by different people.  I, and most of the industry, call them Splash Blocks. Their purpose is to take all that roof water from the downspout and force it away from the house foundation. Face it, that water can hurt your foundation in just a few years.  During a recent Georgetown Kentucky Home Inspection, on a three year old house, I found foundation cracks that cost, according to the buyer's agent, about $4,500.00 to fix.  Cause:  Downspout dumping water next to the foundation for only THREE years.  No elbow on the downspout. No splash block under the downspout.  Water into the ground at the corner of the foundation.Lexington KY Home Inspector splash blocks

Lexington KY Home Inspector splash blocks

 

 

 

 

Aren't the turtles pretty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They can carry a LOT of water. Pick up your umbrella during a heavy rain and go see just exactly how much water is coming out of just one downspout. Notice how the water comes down, hits the splash block and runs off, away from the foundation, through the open end of the block. That's how it's SUPPOSED to work!

Lexington KY Home Inspector splash blocks

 

Lexington KY Home Inspector splash blocks

 

WHY the heck do builders insist on installing them backwards and never informing the homeowner of the need to turn them around (or does the homeowner just forget).

I can answer the first question.  Builders install them backwards to keep the rain water from eroding the newly planted grass seed.

Why they don't tell you of the need to turn them around and make sure the water from the downspout falls on them, once the grass is grown, well, I have no idea.

Check yours.  Are they installed right with the open end facing AWAY from the home?

 

Got underground pipes instead?  When was the last time you checked to make sure they weren't blocked?  If you have underground pipes, I hope they're not perforated.  Perforated pipes let the water out as quick as they can, usually right next to your foundation.  Underground pipes should be solid for at least ten feet away from the foundation.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

Seeing a splash block backwards is pretty funny...who would do that! Let's hope it'a a kid in the neighborhood playing a prank. What a great invention. Famous last words "I wish I though of it!"

Jan 07, 2011 12:03 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

C'mon Elisa, you're supposed to read the article.  It says right in there why it's turned around.  The question is why it never got turned back around when the grass seed grew out.

Jan 07, 2011 12:10 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Hank Spinnler
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA - Hoschton, GA
Atlanta Home Inspector

Gee Erby, I thought it was sunscreen for watersport enthusiasts. Hey, the way some of those lightweight ones move out of position, you'd think they were skateboards with wheels beneath them. :)

Jan 07, 2011 12:34 AM #3
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Erby, I do love the turtles, and I never would have know their purpose if you hadn't educated me on whats a splash block.

Jan 07, 2011 12:34 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

I know what you mean, Hank.  The lightweights move real easy. Especially when you hit them with the lawn mower.

The turtles are cute, aren't they, Ellen.

C'mon Bob.  You didn't read it either did you?  The question was answered in the article.  See this part:  

I can answer the first question. Builders install them backwards to keep the rain water from eroding the newly planted grass seed.

While the comment is always very welcome, Elisa's speculation of :  "Let's hope it'a a kid in the neighborhood playing a prank".  is a clear indicator to me, as is your comment, that neither of you really read what I wrote.

I agree the turtle splash blocks are cool AND unusual.  Probably need to go to a specialty store to get such cool ones.

 

 

 

Jan 07, 2011 10:59 AM #6
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Hank Spinnler
Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA - Hoschton, GA
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We have the turtle one on the right! It's cute, but I've been meaning to attach a downspout extender to that one for a long time.

Jan 09, 2011 01:04 AM #8
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Linda Woods

I just bought the long turtle one on Overstock.

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