The downspout may be the most underappreciated part of the gutter system. In fact, many homeowners aren’t fully aware of the important role downspouts play in the proper drainage of the excessive water that hits the home. The downspout pipe can be a huge factor in preventing expensive water damage repairs.
Downspouts are typically installed on the corners of the structure. They are best located in less traveled areas away from sidewalks and other obstructions. If the downspout is covering a larger roof area or the home is in a region that experiences a large amount of rainfall, you may want to consider using an oversized downspout size such as 3×4 in. option. They are often attached using a downspout bracket.
Downspout Sizes & Styles
When selecting the right downspouts for your needs it is important to consider how well it will work with the rest of the system. You will more than likely want the style of the downspout to match the existing gutter system. Gutter Guru offers a full list of options to best fit your needs.
Downspout Materials & Decorative Options
While downspouts may seem like the most basic part of the gutter system, there are actually many stylish options homeowners can choose from. Available in a wide assortment of materials, there are downspouts to match each unique home. At Gutter Guru we work with you to pick a system that will compliment your home or building. We also beautiful ornamental downspouts in a variety of styles and finishes.
These products make a statement and are available in both wide spiral and thin spiral.
When Downspouts aren’t Enough
For some homes, the downspout is simply not able to drain enough of the water away from the foundation. While it is the most efficient first step in protecting the home, it may not be the only solution needed. If water still collects in the area, additional steps may be necessary. When this is the case, the downspout will often need to be extended. Installing an additional drainage pipe is often the appropriate solution for this type of issue.
Common Clogging Issues
One major problem that downspouts can experience is clogging. They can easily fill with leaves, twigs, and other debris. These large blockages make the downspout unable to perform its main duty – draining water away from the home. To detect an obstruction in your downspout pipe try running a hose through it. If it is clogged, you can often push out the debris or use water to flush it. If necessary, you can also remove the downspout brackets and downspout itself to clean it.
Gutter Guru is here to help you and keep your investments safe and dry. Contact us today to see how we can best serve you and your family.