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Should I Clean My Downspouts?

If your property has faulty downspouts, there are potential issues that you should be aware of. For those homes with basements, you might find yourself dealing with water leaking into your basement because of the fact the downspouts aren’t functioning correctly. Water can easily seep through the foundation and into the basement if water happens to pool up in one area because of failing downspouts. Another danger from faulty downspouts that you should be aware of is yard erosion. If the downspouts aren’t properly pushing the water away from the foundation of your home, water will often collect in one specific area. When water sits in one place for an extended period of time, it can cause the yard to erode. The quicker you let our team of gutter experts repair or replace your gutter downspouts, the less likely you’ll have to deal with these potential dangers.

While your gutter downspouts may not be something that you think is very important for the overall health of your home, you may change your mind when you see the damage that can occur when downspouts fail. The truth is that gutter downspouts are extremely important.

Does Expressway Repair Or Replace Downspouts?

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We at Expressway provide all types of gutter downspout installation and repairs. With our 20 plus years of experience you can rest easier knowing that the job will be finished on time the first time and within budget! We work on both residential and commercial gutter systems. So, whatever you gutter needs are we have you covered! We offer a full gutter and downspout checkup and cleaning service to ensure that your water management system is operating effectively. Our gutter experts will clean each gutter and downspout, checking for damage, leaks and for common areas that occasionally need resealing. If further repairs are needed to keep your home safe we will let you know. We also offer separate roof cleaning, drip guard installation and gutter protection services as well.

Do I Need Downspout Cleaning?

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Clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water, wet crawl spaces and cracked foundations. When unmanaged rain water seeps under the foundation and dries it expands and then shrinks the ground. As this repeatedly happens it causes the ground to shift, foundations to break, and major structural damage to follow. Other damage that can occur from clogged gutters are damage to paint, rotting fascia, soffits, siding and other wood framing. Damage can also occur to ceilings, and interior walls as water runs to the lowest point. These repairs can quickly become very costly. Routine gutter cleaning from our professional staff will ensure that your gutters and downspouts are free of debris, muck and leaves, so that water can flow where it needs to.

Do I Need Standard Gutter Downspouts?

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About Standard Gutters


Most gutters that we install or made from aluminum. Downspouts are assembled from elbows and straight sections then screwed to the gutter drop outlets and to the wall of the house. These are available in a ton of different colors that can match your home or business. These come in several different sizes. When the time comes for downspout replacements, we install the latest and most innovative downspout systems, providing years of reliable use. Our heavy-duty, light-weight products are the perfect addition to any residential or commercial roof structure. For even greater performance, we can install a gutter guard, keeping leaves and debris out of the system while taking in water. We also service and repair your soffit and fascia, ensuring your gutters are properly fixated and service downspouts as well.


About Eave Downspouts


As the name suggests, your downspout’s main purpose is to serve as a channel through which water can be diverted from the gutter’s edge and safely discharged from your property. There are three main components of a downspout: 1) the spout itself. 2)¬†A support arm (or elbows) and 3) a¬†splash block to keep water away from foundation walls.


Some gutters and downspout contractors choose to place two or more elbows in line with one another when installing the downspouts near the foundation of a house to accomplish three things:¬†Allow for more flexibility in influencing the direction in which water flows out of the downspout.¬†Boost strength and reduce wear and tear on both elbows and spouts themselves, especially when it’s windy outside.¬†Keep water away from your foundation walls. The additional elbow keeps the flow of water away from your foundation.


You can purchase elbows in various angles to be used with your downspouts based on the specific direction the downspouts face and how far out they protrude. They come in different sizes, too. So it may be possible for you to use less than two depending on the amount of elbow you require.


About Vertical Downspouts


Vertical downspouts are generally used when gutters are installed on two-story houses. They offer an easy way to rid of any water collecting in them. If you’re not careful, however, vertical downspouts can end up working against you. This is because if the water ever freezes, it can expand and cause your gutters to fall away from your house or even damage the gutter supports themselves. It’s one of the big reasons why many experts recommend avoiding vertical downspouts on houses with steep roofs when using metal gutters.


About Gable End Downspouts 


Placing one end of the downspout on the gable end of your house ensures that water will flow out of it in an unobstructed way. It also allows all debris collected inside the gutter to be deposited into the ground, preventing clogging and further damage to either your gutters and downspout.



Are Gutter Downspouts Important?

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While often overlooked, your gutters and downspouts are among the most important parts of your home or business. It’s their job to safely direct water and falling debris off your roof and away from your structure’s walls and foundation. With minimal maintenance and installation, your gutters perform well for years to come. As a full-service gutter and roofing contractor, we have the skills and resources to service your gutters, soffit and fascia, downspouts and other roofing components. Whether you are installing a new gutter system or making upgrades to an existing system, you can depend on us.


About Expressway

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Keeping water as far away as possible from the structure of your home should be a top priority if you’re looking to keep your home in good shape. A functioning gutter system is the best way. Your gutter system, however, will only go as far as your gutter downspouts will take it. The importance of functioning gutter downspouts is something that our team prioritizes.  We provide downspout unclogging and cleaning for any home or business. If you are in the market for a gutter installation, cleaning or anything else gutter-related then we at Expressway have you covered! Feel free to give us a call at 631.772.6363 and someone will be in touch shortly.