The job of the downspout is to direct precipitation from the top of a roof to the ground. These are typically attached to the corners of homes and to the ends of gutters on the roof line. They can be made from aluminum, steel, copper, vinyl, or even wood in some cases. They can also be stained or painted to match with the rest of the home's exterior.
When you don't have a way to properly remove moisture from the top of the home, water can leak over the edge of the gutters and this can cause serious damage to your exterior walls, window frames, and ultimately lead to a wet basement.
If the downspout becomes clogged with leaves, twigs, rocks, bird nests, seed pods, and other types of outdoor debris, it won't be able to do its job. We recommend adding a gutter protection system to prevent clogging of debris.
Warning Signs of a Clog
- Water leaks over the edge of the roof line
- Moisture isn't coming out through the drainage system to the lawn
- Eroded earth can be seen next to the foundation
- Paint is peeling on siding or fascia
- Gutters are pulling away from the fascia board
Replacement and Installation
It is usually a good idea to get new drainage systems installed during the time when a new roof is added. The new system will be installed at the corners of the home with either L-shaped or U-shaped pipes. The end of the spout will be curved away from the home to a spot on the lawn with proper drainage, so that the water doesn't pool up and cause problems to your foundation.
Contact us today to learn more or to make an appointment for a FREE estimate on new downspouts.