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Leaking Downspouts

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If water is pooling near your home’s foundation, there may be something wrong with your downspouts. Learn more about how to fix the problem.

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You may be aware of the importance gutters play in the health of your home. Less known, however, is how vital downspouts are to the entire gutter system. 

A downspout that’s improperly placed or the wrong size can cause mold and mildew, bug infestations, cracks in the foundation, and basement leaks.  

Find out what causes downspout problems so you can take action.  

Why Are Gutter Downspouts Important? 

The most important components of your gutter system are the downspouts. Downspouts are designed to drain rainwater or snowmelt out of the gutter trough and away from your home.    

However, they can do more harm than good if they are the wrong size or are positioned improperly.  

The goal of having a gutter system is completely defeated if your downspout system is compromised, whether it’s due to the inappropriate downspout model for your home, clogging issues, or poor positioning.  

What Causes Gutter Downspouts to Work Improperly? 

clogged and leaking downspout

Downspout is Clogged 

Your downspout can clog much like the top of your gutters can. In fact, downspouts are more prone to clogging than the rest of your gutter system since it is more difficult to see debris inside the downspout. Proper maintenance every few months and frequent cleaning may help avoid this. 

Downspout is Too Small   

A downspout that is too narrow is susceptible to being overwhelmed by too much water. This is especially true for larger homes with lots of surface area on the roof. 

Downspouts can be compared to a funnel. Regardless of how much liquid is discharged from the bottom, a funnel that is too tiny for the volume of liquid being deposited inside it will overflow. 

Improperly sized downspouts can lead to overflowing water, gutter joints breaking or bending under the weight of debris, or repeated obstructions in your downspouts. 

water pooling next to a home's foundation because of improper downspouts

Downspout is Placed too Close to Your Home   

Downspouts should be installed far enough from your house so rainwater can safely drain away without interfering with the grading of your yard or pooling near your foundation.  

It’s not uncommon for gutter companies to place your downspouts directly next to your house’s foundation without providing any extension or protection for water drainage. 

When downspouts are too close, water can collect directly next to the foundation. This results in water seeping into your basement or a leak in your crawl space. Both cause mold, mildew, hydrostatic pressure, and other issues. 


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Opt for Comprehensive Gutter and Downspout Solutions

As you can see, downspouts play a huge role in your home’s exterior water management. You needn’t worry about trying to find the right materials and sizes to fit together. Leave the technical work to local professionals.

Our experts at Foundation Recovery Systems are familiar with gutter and downspout problems, as well as the best solutions to install to protect your home.

We offer AquaGuard Gutter Solutions, a comprehensive exterior water management system that includes gutters, toppers, downspouts, and downspout extensions. Here are just some of these solutions’ beneficial features:

  • Aluminum construction
  • All-in-one seamless gutters
  • Wide-mouth gutter outlet for quick drainage into downspouts
  • Buried downspout extensions
  • Downspout extensions installed 10 feet away from the house
  • Extensions connect to YardWell discharge outlet
  • Covered by extensive warranty and maintenance program

Damaged Downspout


Yes. General maintenance and repair can be handled by a homeowner. Think, cleaning, reconnecting, and checking to ensure water flows freely. 

Installation, however, should be left to the professionals. 

We do not recommend downspout replacement as a DIY project. Not only is the work done high on a ladder, which can be dangerous, but it’s also important to consult an expert regarding size and placement. 

Leave it to the professionals. Replacing a section of downspout is problematic since the connection will make it easy for leaves and debris to clog the downspout, rendering it useless.

Address Gutter Concerns with Professional Help from Foundation Recovery Systems 

At FRS, we are aware of the inconvenience caused by a failing downspout system.  

We offer a complimentary inspection of your Moberly home to identify the actual cause of your ineffective downspout. Our trained professionals only work with permanent solutions and get your home fixed properly the first time.  

We also offer free estimates for our services so you can make your own decisions about how to proceed. Starting your gutter project is simple. Contact us today. 

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