I will be moving into a different house soon, and I noticed a few "extra"
downspouts. In my opinion they are extra. I will have a two car garage.
One downspout comes down the outside corner and drains into the yard. A
second one comes down the other side of the garage and drains right accross
the walkway to the front door and driveway. (Extra in my opinion)
Another "extra" downspout drains accross a flower bed, when there is
another downspout about 7 feet away.
If I repitch the gutters do you think I really need so many downspouts?
Would a larger downspout be required?
Depends on the size of the roof and how much rain you get. Draining across a
walk and driveway is a potential problem if you live in a cold climate. You
don't give enough information for a really good answer.
I'm in New Jersey. The house is a ranch style house with the garage and
living room sticking out the front by a few feet. The living room has 2
downspouts and the garage has 2.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words... A picture of the house is at
The yellow arrows point to the downspouts. There's a third downspout
around the corner on the left as well.
Does the rear have a similar setup?
My house has about the same size roof. Two in front, two in back, plenty
adequate. I can see freezing issues with the one over the walk.
You can try plugging the two center ones to see if the gutter functions
properly and later remove them if it does. The pitch of the gutter will
help determine that.
The picture is a big help.
I would suggest that you get some 4" PVC pipe (sewer pipe), and run it
across the sidewalks during freezing weather. Yes, you got to step
over it, but it sure beats the ice. You may want to look into some
sort of underground drain in the future.
You can also run a downspout horizontally across part of a building
and let it drop elsewhere. THis can be ugly, but solves problems.
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