If you’re a homeowner, soil erosion is not a problem you’ll want to deal with. Improper downspout drainage is the biggest culprit for this drainage issue—especially if your downspouts aren’t connected to a larger system.
If you need to improve your downspout drainage, consider installing a pop-up emitter. This affordable DIY project won’t take longer than an afternoon for even an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.
Step 1: Dig a Trench
This is the most labor-intensive part of the project, but it’s smooth sailing after. You’ll want to dig a trench that’s at least several feet away from your home and deep enough to comfortably house the drain pipe.
Step 2: Seat Drain Pipe in Trench
After ensuring the trench is dug to ensure proper slope, place the drain pipe inside and attach to the downspout. The right angle will allow for water to flow freely through the system.
Step 3: Attach Pop-Up Emitter to Pipe
Attach the PVC elbow to the drain pipe and make sure it’s properly seated in the trench.
Step 4: Backfill Around the Pipe and Emitter
It’s time to grab your shovel again—only this time, you’ll be refilling the trench with dirt. Once done, replant the old grass or lay down seed.
Pop-Up Emitter Maintenance
Once the emitter is installed and the grass grows back, you’ll hardly notice it in your yard. Just because it’s out of sight and out of mind, it’s still important to do routine checks on it. Make sure to clear any blockages to keep the emitter running smoothly.
It’s as easy as that! (And in case you’re here looking for ways to just replace the lid, we’ve got you covered).