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Nov 02, 2017

Four Reasons Your Gutters’ Downspouts Aren’t Working

Pop Quiz:

Your rain gutters’ downspouts are there to:

a) Trip door-to-door salesmen

b) Play part of a lawn mower slalom course

c) Deflect water away from your home’s foundation

All joking aside, your gutters’ downspouts perform a critical task in keeping your home dry.  So what happens if you find that they’re not performing as they should?  Here are some common reasons your gutters’ downspouts can malfunction.seamless gutter on a st paul, mn house


If you notice water overflowing from your rain gutters and not filtering down through your downspouts, there’s a likelihood that they are clogged with organic debris such as leaves and twigs.  Ignore this problem and you’ll likely soon find water in your basement because it is not being redirected away from your home.

Too Small of Downspouts:

When it comes to downspouts, bigger is better!  The larger your downspouts are, the better they can dispel water away from your home. Having downspouts that are too small increase the risk of clogging from organic debris that becomes lodged in them.leaf guard gutter system with hinged downspouts on wisconsin shed

Too Short of Downspouts:

The purpose of downspouts is to deflect water away from your home.  This is not able to happen if they aren’t long enough; too short of downspouts can cause rainwater to end up in your basement.  We recommend having downspouts with either a permanently attached extension or hinge kickers which allow you to fold up downspouts when performing maintenance on your yard.  Underground rain drainpipes with a pop-up system in the lawn enable homeowners to divert water even further from their home’s foundation without having to be inconvenienced by overly long downspouts that are unsafe and unsightly.  Use of this type of system also can prevent soil erosion close to your home.

Not Enough Downspouts:

It’s vital that enough downspouts are installed to handle the amount of anticipated runoff.  An inadequate number will result in overflowing gutters which can cause rainwater to end up in your basement.

Get a Close-Up of the Only Patented One-Piece, Seamless Gutter System Guaranteed Never to Clog or We Clean Them For Free: 


LeafGuard® Gutters are the only one-piece seamless gutters system on the market today. It’s no wonder why 9 out of 10 people choose LeafGuard® Gutters. LeafGuard® gutter guards are designed to allow water to flow freely while eliminating clogs by deflecting debris such as leaves, pine needles, and other debris from trees. We offer a “No Clog Warranty” for as long as you own the home and if your seamless gutters ever clogged we will clean them for free – GUARANTEED! LeafGuard® Gutters are the only gutters to have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.


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Reviews From Twin Cities LeafGuard® Gutter Projects:

"All the workers were very pleasant to talk with and answered my questions. Work on my gutters and downspout turned out looking great - I am very happy with this project."

Terry H.
Brooklyn Center
October 14, 2021

"The 2 gentlemen that showed up did an outstanding job installing new gutters and downspouts on my pole shed, they showed at the time they said went right to work, I would recommend them."

Mark S.
Hudson, WI
April 22, 2021

"We had a positive experience from the estimate appt to the installation date. We took our time to make our decision and we’re never pressured to buy on the spot. We’re very happy with the look and quality of the finished product. When I asked for a small correction to the length of a downspout, someone showed up the same day. Now, I have peace of mind and the safety to not climb ladders as my husband and I get a little older."

Lisa S.
Roseville, MN
January 22, 2021

"This year we had storm due to hail and our insurance company allowed us to have Lindus Construction replace our gutters and downspouts. They sent a crew out in a timely manner and swap out the old product. Very pleased with the attention to details and professionalism of Lindus Construction.  As a professional realtor since 1986, I have seen a lot of gutter contractors come and go. I always recommend clients talk with Lindus Construction and see for themselves the great value of the LeafGuard® product."

Greg S.
Lakeville, MN
November 21, 2020

"Guys were courteous, thorough and did a great job in meeting the needs of getting the downspouts directed where they were needed. Thanks so much for your great communication and the ease with which this all happened. We will recommend this to friends and neighbors who need a great gutter product and experience."

Laurie S.
Brooklyn Center
November 9, 2020

"A thank you for a quick downspout realignment from the LeafGuard® crew."

Thomas & Marla N.
Minnetonka, MN
November 4, 2020
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