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Gutter Downspouts

Your whole gutter system works together to move water away from your home, helping to prevent damage. When any one part of the system no longer works, including your gutter downspouts, trouble can arise. We’re here to help you keep your gutter system working properly so you can rest easy. 

Below, you’ll learn more about gutter downspouts, potential problems that can arise with them, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about how to protect your gutters and downspouts, we’d be happy to answer any questions you have. To get in touch with our experts or to request a free quote, please call 231-267-4030 or contact us online today. 

Also known as a downpipe or waterspout, gutter downspouts help to create a path from your gutter to the ground for water to flow properly. Without downspouts, rainwater would collect in your seamless gutters until it overflowed, which would eventually take a toll on your siding and roof. 

Because the water travels in the enclosed path of the downspout, it not only moves water away from your home’s exterior but also prevents the water from eroding or otherwise damaging the foundation of your home.

Brown gutter downspouts
White gutter downspouts with proper water management

Potential Problems With Gutter Downspouts

If your gutter downspouts are no longer working properly, one heavy rainstorm is all it will take for rainwater to accumulate around the foundation of your home. When this happens, the soil can start to erode and there’s a risk of your basement flooding

Beyond that, improperly working gutter downspouts can lead to increased moisture levels in your soil, which can cause your house to settle unevenly. In the worst cases, this can cause significant damage to your floors and walls. 

By replacing your broken downspouts, you can have full confidence that rainwater will be redirected away from your house, so you don’t have to worry about your home’s structural integrity. 

How Do You Know If Your Gutter Downspouts Are Working Properly?

Since you’re not usually hanging around outside your home when it rains, you may not realize that your gutter downspouts are no longer working correctly. Fortunately, there are a few signs that indicate your downspouts need replacement. Keep an eye out for the following: 

  • Leaking seams: When your downspouts are clogged, backed-up water can put extra pressure on the seams. Over time, the sealant on the seams can wear away, which can cause your seams to leak water. If you notice that the seams in your gutter downspouts are leaking, it’s time to schedule a replacement. 
  • Overflowing gutters: When your gutters are overflowing, your first thought is probably that there is a clog in them. However, if you check your gutters and find that they are clean but still overflowing, the clog is most likely in your downspouts instead. If you can’t remove the clog, then it’s best to have new ones installed. 
  • Weak water runoff: When there is steady rain outside, water should easily flow out of your downspouts. If the runoff is weak compared to the amount of rain, there is likely a major clog in your downspouts. 
Gray leaking gutter downspout
White gutter downspouts with Gutter Helmet covers

How Gutter Helmet Can Help Your Downspouts

Whether you want to install a new gutter system or help protect your current gutters or downspouts, adding a Gutter Helmet system is a great idea. Installed over your gutters, the Gutter Helmet system helps to keep debris out of your gutters and, as a result, out of your downspouts. 

This helps to reduce the risk of clogs that can impact your gutter system and gives your home extra protection against water damage. 

For the best performance, we also recommend installing Helmet Heat to keep your gutters warm during the winter to help prevent ice dams, which can also pose a threat to your home.

Why Choose Gutter Helmet of Southeast Michigan?

We believe in creating a low-stress and easy exterior remodeling experience, which is why we’ve become the name to trust for local homeowners looking for gutter services. Thanks to our knowledge and experience, you can expect nothing but the best when you hire us for your project.

Schedule Your Gutter Helmet Installation

When you want to protect your gutters and downspouts, schedule a Gutter Helmet installation by calling 231-267-4030 or contacting us online

FAQs About Gutter Downspouts

How many gutter downspouts do I need?

It depends on the size of your home. As a good rule of thumb, we recommend having downspouts placed every 20 to 25 feet of roof line. 

What size downspouts do I need?

Our experts can help you decide which size will best suit your home. Generally, downspouts come in a range of three to six inches.

Trust Gutter Helmet of Southeast Michigan​

Our installers are committed to providing a low-stress exterior remodeling experience thanks to our excellent workmanship and unmatched customer service. There’s no better choice for your project than our team here at Gutter Helmet of Southeast Michigan.