4 Tell-Tale Signs That Your Downspouts Need Changing

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One of the most unassuming and underrated components of your roof would be the downspouts. Many people tend to disregard the aspect of the roof as just another tube or pipe, completely skipping this over when maintaining or cleaning the surrounding areas. What many homeowners don’t know is that the downspout has the vital job of moving water away from your roof and house to maintain the structural integrity of the house.

Unfortunately, if the water on your roof isn’t transported properly, it can cause serious damage to your house—both inside and out. If water is stuck up on your roof, it can result in leaks from up top, and if the water isn’t diverted far enough, it can seriously ruin your landscaping and house foundation.

Thankfully, there are many ways to avoid this from happening as long as early detection and resolution are applied. To help identify when it’s time to call a roof repair service, here are four tell-tale signs that your downspouts need changing:

There is physical damage on the downspout

The most obvious sign that your downspout needs repairing or changing is if you find physical abnormalities on it. Even the smallest cracks could build up to be problems for your home, so inspecting it regularly could save you from much grief.

The most common issue with older houses would be the downspout (and gutter) material. Keep in mind that older downspouts are prone to rust and corrosion, so switching to aluminum downspouts and gutters—which are immune to rusting—are actually a practical option.

Your downspout isn’t moving water

Aside from protecting you and your house from the elements, your roof also combats dust, critters, and various wastes that could be flying around the area. More often than not, if your roof hasn’t been cleaned thoroughly and regularly, all the waste goes through the downspout. If your downspout isn’t expelling water from its end during rains or storms, chances are that it’s been obstructed by those combined wastes. Take note as well that obstructions will cause water build-up, which can ruin your gutters and leak into your home.

Your siding Is discolored

Although this can be an indication of other problems, discoloration of your house’s siding can be an indication of a break in your downspout. Peeling or discolored areas near your downspout are usually a result of water damage. Another aspect to watch out for is the green, black, or white discoloration brought by the accumulation of mold or moss. This is also a serious problem for your house and is usually brought by the presence of moisture in the surrounding areas of the growth spot.

There is a leak in the basement

The presence of water—or worse, flooding—in your basement can also be the result of broken downspouts. Improper drainage from your gutters or downspouts can cause water to leak here, which can become a serious issue if left unchecked over time. Check the areas closest to the downspout, and if the water damage is worst there, then repairing it might resolve the problem. 


The maintenance of your downspout protects your house from decay and corrosion. By knowing these early detection signs of your downspout’s degradation, you can resolve issues before it gets worse. If the issue becomes too big for you to handle, remember that you can call a professional roofing repair company immediately for assistance.

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Drew Isenhour

Drew Isenhour

Owner of Gold Peak Roofing

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