Are splash blocks and leader extensions really necessary?

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Are splash blocks and leader extension pipes really necessary?


Lexington KY Home Inspector splash blocks

Erby The Central Kentucky Home Inspector water in the crawl space













Erby The Central Kentucky Home Inspector Splash blocks

Erby The Central Kentucky Home Inspector Splash blocks












Well, only if you don't want the water to damage your foundation or force water into your basement or crawl space.

These recent photos show what happens (kind of) when you don't have them.

The consequences of these missing leader extension pipes or splash blocks are not yet known as I just recently completed these inspections.

However, one that I have followed up on from last summer, where the foundation had already cracked and settled, resulted in a $4,500 repair bill.  AND, that home was only four years old.

Splash blocks and leader extension pipes are cheap preventive maintenance.



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Erby Crofutt
KY Lic# HI-2041
B4 U Close Home Inspections & Radon Testing
Georgetown, KY


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Comments (3)

Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

I have seen first hand on several homes what can happen with out those splash thingies...

Jan 30, 2011 02:46 PM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thanks Erby, this is so basic and so obvious, and SO common sense that I'm beginning to think that 'common sense" is an oxymoron. Or maybe I'm the moron for thinking that there is any such thing as 'common sense'.

There used to be lots of 'moron' jokes around when I was a kid. they were a class unto themselves like the 'knock knock' jokes. Mayby it's time we brought them back. I'm thinking if they were more common there wouldn't be so many morons around.

Jan 30, 2011 02:52 PM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

Thanks for sharing something so easy that creates such a huge mess!  Have a great week!

Jan 30, 2011 10:39 PM