Common Downspout Issues

Aug 21, 2021Blog, Gutters

Your home’s gutter system is designed to effectively drain water away from your roofing system and, ultimately, your home. Your downspouts are responsible for draining the excess water accumulated in your gutters and depositing it in the nearest drain. Without a fully functional downspout, your gutters may overflow, water will likely leak all over your property, and your roofing system and your home could suffer significant water damage.

Cleaning your gutters and downspouts is what we do best at Gutter Maids. If your gutters need tending to, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

These are some common downspout issues that you may experience as a homeowner:

Water Damage

Leaks in your downspouts can be due to holes in the material, gaps between the different sections, and incorrect installation. If the leaks are excessive, they can lead to water leaking into your basement, causing minor or even significant flooding. If you live in an area that experiences frequent rainfall and your downspouts are nonfunctional, this may lead to the deterioration of your home’s foundation.

Clogged Downspouts

Clogging in your gutters and downspouts commonly occur during seasons like Fall and Winter. These are the times of the year when trees lose their leaves and flowers, and this debris will likely end up in your gutter system if you have many trees surrounding your home. You can usually tell that your downspout is clogged if your gutters are overflowing, there’s not much water flowing out the downspout, and if there is water leaking through the spout’s seams.

Frozen Downspouts

Frozen downspouts usually occur after a significant snowfall. In colder climates, frozen roofing and gutter systems are a common occurrence and are the leading cause of the breakdown of these systems.


Give Gutter Maids a call today to prepare your gutters and downspouts for the Fall and Winter seasons.