Rainwater Plumbing

The purpose of rainwater gutters is to prevent rain water from cascading off roofs, soaking anyone underneath and causing damp and damage to the house walls.

The secondary water collected is carried to underground drains or soak-aways by down pipes, which discharge through either an angle spout (called a shoe) over an open gully, or in the modern home straight into a sealed back-inlet gully. Sometimes this rainwater is “harvested” to be re used in non potable water installations and garden use.

Previously cast iron was a common material to use but now plastics are the most usual material because it is light in weight, so is easy to handle and install, needs virtually no maintenance and – as a modern advantage – is unsafe for burglars to climb.