What is a downspout?

A downspout or also known as waterspout, downpipe, drain spout, roof drain pipe, leader is a pipe that carries rainwater from a rain gutter down to ground level. The water is directed away from the building’s foundation, to protect your home from water damage.

The general rule is one downspout for every 20 feet of guttering, but it may vary depending on the local weather, the size of the drainage and the design of your gutter system. 

Poorly designed or installed gutters and downspouts can cause severe water damage to your property. Rain water can pool around your home or back up into your gutter causing it to leak or crack. Damage to your roof, siding, fascia board and it might even lead to basement flooding and damage to your homes interior.

Repairing leaks and cracks could cost an extensive amount of money. Homeowners should have gutters and downspouts inspected and cleaned twice a year. This can prevent any drainage problems and a chance to worsen and cause further damage.  

 

Why install a downspout to your gutter?

  • Prevent clogs and further drainage problems.
  • Allow rainwater to flow down and away from your home.
  • Save money and not worry about leaks and cracks caused by flooding. 
  • Keep your home foundation in tact with no interior damage.

A poorly designed or improperly installed gutter downspout may trap debris, particularly at the entry or exit points, blocking the natural flow of water and causing water to dam in the gutter – and trap more debris. The result is the clogging of the gutter that is often blamed on leaves and twigs.

Allow the insides of the gutters to dry out, and brush leakingseams clean. Apply silicone or special gutter caulking compound along the seams on the inside and outside to seal the leaks, as shown above. Patch small holes with roofing cement. Use a putty knife to spread the cement generously around the hole.

Watch for these signs that you need new gutters to know when the time for gutter replacement is getting near.
  1. Cracks and Splits. …
  2. Peeling Paint. …
  3. Orange Areas or Rust. …
  4. Water and Mildew around the Foundation. …
  5. Water Damage around or beneath the Gutters. …
  6. Sagging Gutters. …
Here are Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning’s Top 5 home problems that can be caused by clogged gutters:
  • Roof Damage. …
  • Wood Fascia Damage. …
  • Damage to Walls, Windows, Doors and Patios. …
  • Damage to Foundations and Landscaping. …
  • Slip and Fall.

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