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Troubleshooting Tips for Common Downspout Problems

Troubleshooting Tips for Common Downspout Problems

Your downspouts should be able to deflect water away from your home’s foundation. They should be able to keep your home dry and prevent serious water damage. So if you notice they aren’t performing as they should, it’s best to call a professional to find out what the specific problem is and what can be done to fix it. 

Troubleshooting Tips for Common Downspout Problems

In this post, top-rated local gutter company Advantage Seamless discusses three common downspout problems. We also share a few ideas on how experts usually troubleshoot these issues.


If water is pouring over the edges of your gutters and it doesn’t get channeled through your downspouts, your downspouts are probably clogged with organic debris like leaves and small branches. Failure to address this issue immediately could cause water to find its way into your basement, potentially damaging the space and causing problems with your home’s foundation.

Incorrect Size of Downspouts

During installation, contractors make sure that the downspouts have the correct size and length. If the downspouts are too short or too small, they won’t have the capacity to direct enough water away from your home. Downspouts that are too small often have a higher risk of clogging, while those that are too short can cause rainwater to end up in your basement.

That said, it’s best to have local gutter installers check the size of your current downspouts. You may need to replace your downspouts if they’re too small. But if length is the only issue with your downspouts, downspout extenders can be used to ensure the downspouts would be able to release water at a safe distance away from your home.

Insufficient Number of Downspouts

In some cases, there are just not enough downspouts to handle runoff. This usually causes gutters to overflow. So to avoid any further damage, you might need to install more downspouts for your home.

For quality gutters replacement service, look no further than Advantage Seamless. With our experience in installing gutters, we can guarantee excellent results for your home. We also offer gutter protection, gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance services. Call us at 218.558.0575 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Brainerd and Baxter, MN.