Water that’s discharged from your downspout can saturate the ground near your basement wall or foundation. Now over time that can cause settling and cracking, a very expensive proposition. So the idea is to carry that water away from the foundation. Here are three very simple ways to do that. This is a splash block. It’s job is to carry away discharged water. This version is installed by removing the elbow and slipping on the extender. It’s held in place with a couple of screws. The clip holds the extension up and out of the way when it’s time for mowing or raking. And finally, there’s the accordion version and the kids will love this one. It slips over the elbow and also attaches with screws. Each end has a different size connector. The unused connector is cut off. This extender is flexible enough to route water clear of shrubs or flowerbeds. So remember, downspouts plus water plus foundation equals trouble so carry that water away.