The purpose of your gutter system is to send water down the roof and away from your house. Your downspouts — the hollow tube that travels down your house from your gutter all the way to the ground — are an important part of keeping this system in good functioning order.
Plastic, aluminum, steel, and copper are common materials for downspouts. They can be constructed and painted to fit your home, and like everything else that isn’t built to last, your downspout will eventually need to be replaced.
When Do You Need To Replace Your Downspout?
- Cracks, holes, and rusts
While a few cracks and holes can be easily repaired with sealant, dozens of cracks and holes are a strong indication that the roof has to be replaced.
- Indoor flooding
Downspouts are designed to keep your home from flooding. If water has entered your basement, it is certainly causing significant harm. If your downspout is functioning right, there should be no water build-up anywhere.
Gutter Brothers provides a free quote to get your downspout inspected and replaced as soon as possible to prevent future damage.
- Broken Fasteners
If you see those metal bits that keep your gutter attached to your roof broken or all over the place, much like those nails and screws, try to mend them first. If this happens on a regular basis, then it may be time for a replacement!
- Peeling Paint
Many people are unaware that peeling paint indicates that their downspout is worn out. If the paint on your ceiling or walls is constantly flaking away, there is too much moisture inside the house.
- Eroded Landscaping
Your landscaping provides you with more than just the pleasure of making it seem nice. It also enhances the appearance and value of your home. A faulty downspout, on the other hand, can easily undo all of your efforts. Your landscaping will be in shambles before you know it as they play an important role in protecting your home from water damage. So, keep an eye on any potential damage and look out for signs for a replacement.