Downspouts are an important part of your gutter system. They channel water from your gutters and direct it from your house. But a damaged downspout can cause a lot of damage to your home. It exposes the foundation of your house to hydrostatic pressure, causing cracks that cause water to seep in through the walls. Water draining from a damaged downspout may also erode the soil under concrete slabs, such as those on your driveway, causing them to sink.
Immediately replace a downspout that no longer functions properly before it damages your house. Explore the signs that show you need to replace your downspout.
1. Flooded Basement
A flooded basement is an indicator of a damaged foundation. A downspout should drain water away from your house. However, with a damaged downspout, water may pool around the house and eventually create cracks in your foundation. These cracks may let water into the basement.
If you have a flooded basement, replace your downspout as soon as possible because further damage to your foundation may cause your house to collapse.
2. Peeling Paint
If the paint on the walls near the downspout is peeling, this could be a sign that water is leaking from the downspout. When the damage to the downspout is extensive, the paint on the interior walls near the downspout may also start to peel as water seeps into the walls.
Rainwater from a damaged downspout may also seep into the siding. When this happens, you may have moisture buildup inside and outside your home, causing the paint on your ceiling and walls to peel.
3. Many Holes, Cracks, and Rust
When your downspout has several cracks, holes, and rusted spots, then it is often damaged beyond repair. If you insist on repairing a downspout that is too damaged, you will often have to keep resealing the holes and cracks, which can keep opening up. To save yourself from constant repairs, replace your downpipe if it shows too many signs of damage.
4. Broken Fasteners and Nails on the Ground
Fasteners hold the downspout in place, so if you notice many broken fasteners on your downspout, then you have a problem. If you also see a lot of nails and screws on the ground, the fasteners holding the downspout are usually loose because only a few nails remain. This is a sign that you should replace your downspout.
5. Failing Gutters
A sure sign that your gutters are pulling away from the roof is gaps between the gutter and fascia board. This means that water leaking from the downspout has caused the fascia board to rot. When this happens, the fasteners begin to pull away from the fascia board and may eventually cause the gutters to fall off.
6. Eroded Soil
If soil erosion is near the downspout, this could be a sign of a drainage problem. Soil erosion can be frustrating when you take pleasure in maintaining your lawn. When the drainage problem is severe, the soil in that area will get saturated, which may cause your foundation to sink. Before things get this serious, consider replacing the damaged downspout.
7. Pooling Water
If you unclog your downspouts and regularly check them for blockages, water should flow from them smoothly. So, if water pools beneath your downspout despite your maintenance efforts, install a larger downspout to accommodate the increased water volume.
Having a fully functional downspout is important for maintaining the structural integrity of your house. So if you need to replace your damaged downspout, we are here for you. Get in touch with us today for a much-needed downspout installation.