Gutter Cover KC® Underground Gutter Drain Service

Searching for ways to channel water away from your home efficiently? Underground drains can be an excellent option. Gutter Cover Kansas City™ offers underground drain installation with the purchase of gutters or gutter guards.

Gutter Cover Kansas City™ understands that protecting your home from water damage is paramount.

Whether you’re investing in new gutters or upgrading your existing ones with our premium Advantage Gutter Guard®, our underground drainage services offer the perfect complement, enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of your home’s water management system.

The purpose is to keep water from dumping near your foundation and to get the water away from the home.

What To Expect From An Underground Drain Consultation

Gutter Cover Kansas City’s consultations are completely free and educational. Plan on it taking an hour or less.

What you get:

  • A thorough 21+ point inspection of your guttering system
  • A Plan Design and Quote with solutions to solve your guttering problems

What consultants will evaluate (among other things):

Gutter Cover KC® starts with identifying what your unique gutter problems are. The estimators look to find hidden issues with your existing gutters that may be causing damage to your home. 

  • Is the guttering the correct size to carry the water volume from the roof
  • Are the gutter downspouts large enough
  • Are there enough downspouts
  • Is rainwater correctly directed away from the home
  • Does the ground slope toward the home
  • Is underground drain installation needed
  • The current condition and life of your gutters
  • Whether the gutters are properly sloped

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What Products are Used for Underground Gutter Drainage?

The material used to install the drain can vary. Gutter Cover KC® uses black, solid, corrugated piping, or for longer lengths a white (sewer) PVC pipe. Here at Gutter Cover Kansas City™, we prefer to use the corrugated pipe on shorter runs (20-30 feet) since it is flexible and allows installation at any angle.  PVC sewer pipe is installed in straight lines with 90 degree turns. In addition, the PVC sewer pipe works better with long runs and larger volumes of water.

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The goal for the drain is to come out far enough away to keep the house protected. As well as at an angle where it will not return water to the foundation. In most cases, they connect to a pop-up drain. The underground drain with a pop-up moves the water away from the foundation into the yard. The pop-up location is chosen where the grade of the ground carries the water away from the house.

A POP-UP DRAIN is flush to the ground until the water pressure builds up. Once the water pressure is built up, the top of the drain will open and allow water to disperse evenly across the yard. To see how a pop-up drain works, refer to our blog about the importance of DOWNSPOUTS.

Decades of Experience

By choosing Gutter Cover Kansas City™ for your gutter and gutter guard needs, you gain access to a comprehensive suite of services aimed at fortifying your home’s defenses against water intrusion.


As a local, family-owned business they are honored to offer AWARD-WINNING CUSTOMER SERVICE and to have THOUSANDS OF SATISFIED CUSTOMERS in Lees Summit and the greater Kansas City Metro.

Gutter Cover Kansas City™ is committed to delivering unparalleled quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction. With the underground drainage services, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is well-protected against rainwater that cascades off the roof, as long as your gutters remain clog-free.


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What Is An Underground Gutter Drain?

An underground drain, sometimes called a French drain* or underground downspout, is a pipe designed to carry the thousands of gallons of water collected by your gutters sufficiently far away from your home. It does this by connecting to the end of your guttering system – the downspout.

At the connection point, it is buried underground and taken far enough away from the home that the water released will not cause any damage. The only evidence of an underground drain is where it connects at the downspout, and at the release point, where you will see a pop-up drain.

Underground drainage system can be very helpful in preventing and eliminating chronic basement flooding issues, water-pooling issues, and foundation problems. 

Many people prefer underground drains to the alternative: downspout extensions. Downspout extensions perform the same task. However, to carry the water sufficiently away from the foundation, they often need to run across walkways, driveways or the lawn. Often downspout extensions become a daily nuisance or even a hazard. Homeowners often disconnect the extension to mow the grass. And much to their frustration realize that at the next rainstorm, they had forgotten to reconnect the extension. An underground drain removes this problem.

Should I Get Underground Drains?

Let’s look at some factors for you to consider in deciding whether to get underground drains or not.

Underground Drains Can Remove the Cause of Chronic Rain Water Problems

A typical GUTTERING SYSTEM empties rainwater near the home’s foundation. For this reason, most homes have splash blocks and gutter downspout extensions to carry the water a few feet away from the foundation. This works well if the ground around the home is sloped away from the home. 

However, most homes don’t have proper sloping on all four sides. Usually, somewhere along the house the water and debris flow out of the gutter downspout and instead of flowing away from the home, it flows towards it. 

The result? Thousands of gallons of water could be sitting against the side of a home’s foundation every time it rains.

Eventually, the pressure from this water will seep into the basement, crack the foundation, and lead to mold and other problems. This is where underground drains come in.

Ready to get underground drains? Gutter Cover KC’s experts will evaluate your guttering system and design a custom underground drain system for your home. 

Information on an Underground Drainage System

How effectively underground drains work depends on how well they are installed and maintained. Poor installation or a clogged drain can cause significant problems for your home! For example, these issues can even lead to foundation problems if they go unresolved for a period of time, or possibly with just one heavy Kansas City rain storm.

Maintaining Underground Drainage Pipes

Underground drains can benefit your home, but at the same time the phrase “out of sight, out of mind,” comes up. Since they are not visible on the surface, it’s important that they don’t have issues going on unnoticed.

When a homeowner has an underground drain with a pop up, they need to make sure debris from the gutter doesn’t clog the underground pipe. Other maintenance includes making sure grass doesn’t grow over the pop up and block the water from exiting quickly. All these efforts can be useless if the guttering system itself is in poor condition, not working properly, or clogged. Unsure about your gutter condition? Please refer to our tips on GUTTER REPLACEMENT.

If  you have underground drains, have you ever checked to see where they go or if they are clogged? If you’re unsure how your gutter system is performing, consider having a professional evaluation.


How to Prevent Your Underground Drain From Clogging

Pro: An underground drainage pipe makes sure that the water coming from your roof is carried far enough away from your home that the water will not damage your foundation or basement.

Con: Underground drains clog.

How? If debris gets in your gutters, it can flow down the downspout, into your underground drain – and there’s nowhere for the debris to go from there. 

If this happens, the water will begin to back up – all the way back to the top of your gutters and they will begin to overflow. Which brings you back to square one – water landing against your foundation. It might even be a bigger problem than before, because now, in order to fix it, you will have to clean out your underground drain. Imagine the difficulty of cleaning out a clogged pipe that is 20-30 feet long buried underground. Ugh!

Solution: Having a proven GUTTERING GUARD installed over your gutters will help protect against gutter clogs ending up in your underground drain. Gutter covers that work, will not only SAVE YOU TIME from cleaning your gutters, but also provide assurance underground drains are working properly.

The ADVANTAGE GUTTER GUARD® is a SOLID GUTTER COVER that GUARANTEES your gutters will never clog again. It will ensure that your underground drain works at peak performance.

Say goodbye to rainwater problems! And hello to peace of mind during rainstorms!

Contact GUTTER COVER KANSAS CITY professionals. In addition to an estimate for Advantage Gutter Guard® they will be happy to evaluate your home’s guttering system to determine if and where your home can benefit from underground drains. 

Planning on digging your own underground drain? See a featured article on THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF DIGGING AN UNDERGROUND DRAIN.

*An Underground Drain FAQ:

Are French Drains The Same As Underground Drains?

Technically, no. Underground gutter drainage is commonly referred to as “French Drains”. However, French Drains have a more specific application. 

Two Types of French Drains Exist in the Home Improvement World

1) A drain to help with draining of the yard itself due to sloping issues – not directly as part of the guttering system. It is often confused with underground drains used for gutter drainage because the process looks similar.

2) A complex draining system installed under basements that chronically flood.