The gutters on your home consist of two parts: rain gutter downspouts and the gutter. The gutter itself runs the perimeter of the home and serves to divert the rain and debris off the roof and down the rain gutter downspouts. The rain gutter downspouts are located at the corner of the home and redirect the water away from the home. Metal rain gutter downspouts (as well as rigid plastic) are effective but during severe rainstorms they can be a problem. The water will redirect from the home but the distance is a matter of inches. Too much water in the same location can cause flooding in the basement, weakening of the foundation and damage to the lawn. The solution to this problem is by removing the rigid rain gutter downspouts and replacing them with flexible downspouts and this article will show you how.
Step 1 – Remove the Downspouts
To connect the flexible rain gutter downspouts you have to remove the metal or plastic downspouts first. Position your ladder against the house near the first downspout to be removed. When you ascend the ladder make sure you are careful doing so. Also be very careful when working with the downspouts as they can be tricky to remove. You will come across several possible versions of attachments including ones that clip to the gutter and those that are screwed to it. In order to determine the type you have simply look where it connects to the gutter. You will be able to see the screws or the clips. Use the screwdriver to loosen the screws. The screws typically hold the rain gutter downspouts in place by friction. The clasps are easy to remove by simply unhooking it from the gutter. If you are lucky the downspouts will easily come loose but if not you may have to pry them off with a screwdriver.
Step 2 – Install Flexible Rain Gutter Downspouts
These downspouts typically are attached with flat-tipped screws. With any luck your purchase will have these holes drilled and the screws with it. If not then you'll have to make your own holes. Decide on the size of the screws you want to use and choose a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw. Drill a hole through the flexible downspout an inch or two below one of the ends and on each side. Climb the ladder with the flexible rain gutter downspout in tow and slide it on to the gutter. Tighten the screws on the side so that they grip the partial downspout piece protruding from the gutter.
Step 3 – Trim the Downspouts
The flexible downspouts can possibly be too large for your needs but that is alright because they are relatively easy to trim. Place the other end of the rain gutter downspout where you need it to be and, at this point in time, you could tether or stake it to the ground. Use the utility knife to trim the downspouts.