Cost to Install Gutter Drainage – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 252

$ 65

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 54% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install Gutter Drainage noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much is a gutter drainage system? A contractor charges $252 to install gutter drainage or do it yourself for $65. 

Nothing good happens when water pools around the foundation of a house. The excess moisture can be the cause of a wet basement and damage to the foundation. A back or side yard that’s prone to flooding is another problem that won’t be solved until rainwater runoff dissipates and is spread throughout the property.

If you’re lucky, the solution is as simple as cleaning out the gutters and adding an extension to a downspout to carry the water away from the house. But if that doesn’t work, consider digging up the soil and burying an underground drainage system to permanently carry water away.

A contractor will charge $252 to solve the problem. This includes the labor and material and installation of a drainage system for 4 downspout adapters with 16 feet of drainage pipe. You can buy the materials for $65 and do it yourself and save 74 percent. The components include fittings, adapters, corrugated drainage pipes, and grates and basins that are connected together.

The job involves digging the trenches at the base of the downspouts, cutting and fitting together the drainpipes and connectors, and fastening them to the bottom of the downspout. You’ll need a shovel to dig the trenches and a carpenter’s level to make sure the drainage pipe is level inside the trench. Fill in the soil and smooth the surface with a rake.

While you’re digging a trench for the drainage system, consider landscaping the area with new plantings and ground covers that are low to the ground and don’t interfere with the drainage. It’s also a good time to check other downspouts and add splash blocks where they’re needed. Easy Digging has advice about How to Correct Drainage Problems.

Wrapping up, given the average cost to install gutter drainage you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. 

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