Gutter Downspouts Fail

Home Inspector with Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area InterNACHI 10041206

Gutter downspouts... if you have gutters, you have them. Or.... maybe not! I see all sorts of downspout configurations. The one I seen the other day though took the cake, the prize, the Oscar! See, this guy was really tired of his side yard flooding whenever it rained.

He was sooo smart, he figured out it was being caused by his gutter downspout discharging right beside the house. Well... he knew his neighbors property grade was lower than his so hey... why not send it over to the neighbors?

 We see all kinds of configurations, from extensions to the ones  that need extentions!

I always get a kick out of seeing some of this stuff. And of course, you see the cheap plastic gutters with all the seams. They usually sag, crack, leak... pretty amazing! Or not.

Then of course, where to channel all that water that's coming off of your roof. Gotta love the guy above. Hey, it's my neighbors problem now!

Makes me wonder what people are thinking, seems something as simple as a gutter downspout would be easy peasy. Evidently, that's not the case, or our homeowners have no sense of creativity.... or sense period!

Let the pros do it! Hire a seamless gutter company and spend time with them designing your gutter system. Where is the best place to discharge water and where will it flow to? Work with your gutter guy and get a set of gutters that is designed just for your property! Or don't... I enjoy seeing homeowners "special" installations.

Gutter Downspouts Fail


Posted by

Fred Hernden 


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Comments (2)

Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Sorry, Fred, don't know how I missed this!  How often do we see people spreading their water wealth to the neighbors!?  Unbelievable. 

And to say people can get creative is an understatment indeed!

Mar 22, 2018 07:19 AM
Fred Hernden, CMI

No sweat my friend... I don't blog too much these days, but sometimes I just get the itch!

Mar 22, 2018 07:35 AM