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What Is a Downspout?

30 July 2020

What Is a Downspout?

Every homeowner knows the danger of water damage, which is what makes rain gutters so important. Your gutters move rainwater and snowmelt away from your home, and downspouts are one of the key features behind their effectiveness.

Downspouts are the vertical pipe-like sections of your gutter system that are installed along the sides of your home and attached to its siding. The downspouts are connected to the gutter troughs, allowing water to drain from the trough as it’s collected. Once it has made its way through the trough and into the downspout, water is carried down and away from your home.

Why Are Downspouts Important?

Every aspect of your gutter system needs to be in good condition in order for your gutters to work effectively. This is especially true when it comes to the downspouts. While the gutter troughs collect rainwater initially, the downspouts channel that water away from your home. Without properly functioning downspouts, the water your gutters collect will have nowhere to go. As a result, your gutters will overflow, and water may begin to accumulate on your roof or around your home’s foundation. This can compromise your home’s structural integrity and cause serious damage that’s costly to repair.

A Gutter System You Can Count On

At LeafGuard® of West Michigan, we install seamless covered gutters that are equipped with high-capacity downspouts. These gutters also feature a curved hood to push debris away, so you won’t have to worry about clogging, leaking, or overflowing, and the troughs will remain permanently clear. To learn more about the benefits of having a LeafGuard® system installed at your home, contact us today. We would be happy to schedule a free consultation.