Fix a Noisy Downspout

How to fix a noisy downspout.

DRIPHave you ever laid in bed not being able to sleep because the downspout attached to the outside wall is near your bedroom and sounds like a snare drum echoing through your brain when it showers? Ting… ~ Ting… ~ Ting… I have had many calls about this problem over the years. This happens during the first winter after new gutters are installed. It is normally when a rectangular downspout material is used and the elbows are custom made. I have found the dripping sound is from a slight clog in the gutter and it is allowing only a small amount of water into the downspout, to free fall down the spout one drip at a time. It free falls the length of the gutter, gathering speed, only to be stopped abruptly at the bottom elbow, making that distrubing sound.

downspout tingOne way to fix this problem is very simple. You need to move the downspout just slightly to remove the chance of a free-falling drip. Typically there are two straps that hold the downspout in place. By removing the bottom strap and swinging the downspout to the right, or left, just a 1/2 of an inch, then re-attaching the strap. This will askew the downspout slightly and stop the free-falling drip form hitting the bottom elbow, making the water flow down the inside wall of the downspout.

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Since 2005 Bob has been answering questions, free of charge, here at With a strong background in residential roofing and provides a practical and simple answers to hundreds of roof related questions, so it is easy to understand the issues you may have with your roof. Our answers are free so feel free to ask what you want. Use the green question box to contact myself or I have spent ten years as a union shingler, seventeen years as a California licensed roofing contractor with a general contractor endorsement and since Feb. of 2005 a roofing consultant. If I don't know the answer to your question, I will point you in the right direction.

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  1. Shayne Meyer
    March 16, 13:24 Reply
    Thanks for sharing these informative tips.That is very helpful to us for maintaining roof problems. Roofing is one of the most important parts of your whole house and it impacts not only the durability but also the beauty. So it is crucial for you to choose the right roofing contractor to have your roof installed from, and these tips will surely help you out in that regard.
  2. Rochester Premier
    August 05, 02:28 Reply
    Creating a comfortable and valuable environment should be the aim of every gutter repair and roofer out there. By using your cool tips it will become easier. Thanks, Buddy!

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