Splash Blocks

Here is a splash block that doesn't work and can't be made to work.

Even if is stays balanced on top of the bricks, the roof drainage from this splash block will drain toward the foundation of the house.

This is a good location for a simple drain system. The basic idea here is to get the roof drainage water away from the foundation of the house.

These concrete or plastic blocks are intended to divert the water coming out of the downspout next to the house away from the house. They are simple and inexpensive to install and rarely work. They need to be installed in an area with proper drainage and require ongoing maintenance for maximum effectiveness. I often find splash blocks draining water toward the house (see picture above) or filled with soil and grass, rendering them useless.