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FAQs

As a homeowner what are the major benefits of The SpoutOff’s very large rain gutter outlets to me?

Properly working rain gutters are all about your outlets. Keep your rain gutter outlets clean and water will always flow out of your gutters and away from your house.

  • The very large SpoutOff Outlet has been designed and engineered so it will not clog.
  • No ladder needed to check The SpoutOff outlet: 1, 2 even 3-story.
  • No tools needed to check The SpoutOff outlet.
  • If debris does get stuck in elbows in your downspouts, because SpoutOff downspouts are removable, you are cleaning them out down on the ground, not up 2 stories hanging off a ladder.
  • When you know it is going to rain and you think your outlets might be clogged, it is very easy to ignore the problem and that is what many homeowners do – we call that GUTTER DENIAL!
  • Now, with The SpoutOff, you really will check your SpoutOff outlets when rain is predicted because it’s fast, easy, safe and you don’t have to climb up there! And, you will see they all are clear!

Does The SpoutOff Company sell gutters and downspouts?

No. We just sell The SpoutOff parts in Kits: Large outlet and removable downspout clip that can be RETROFITTED to your present gutters or installed with new gutters.  New gutters and/or downspouts can be purchased at any Home Depot, Menards, Lowes, etc.

What size gutters can The SpoutOff be installed onto?

Presently 5 inch and 6 inch K-Style gutters with either 2” x 3” or 3” x 4” downspouts. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND installing The SpoutOff with 3×4 downspouts because the larger downspouts ensure complete flow of water and debris out of the gutter through the Spout and Off and down and out of the 3×4 downspout.

Does The SpoutOff gutter outlet work with “B” elbows?

Yes. SpoutOff components are designed to accommodate almost all downspout configurations: A-Elbow, B-Elbow and Underground Pipes.  See “Downspouts” on website.

What if my downspout runs into an underground pipe?

The SpoutOff downspout is easily installed into an underground pipe (see Installation Instructions).

Bonus: Because The SpoutOff downspout is easily removed from your house, IF you think your underground pipe is clogged YOU simply remove your SpoutOff downspout and check out and/or flush out your underground pipe with your garden hose… no need to call an expensive contractor to flush out your underground pipe!

Will The SpoutOff leak where the Spout meets the Off?

The bottom of the Spout is 4 inches long and the top of the Off is 4 inches long. Because the bottom of the Spout is inserted 4 inches into the top of the Off, this overlap causes even heavy flowing rain to continue its downward travel with no leaking at this junction.

Do you offer discounts for professional installers and distributors?

Yes! We offer a 10% discount on all orders over $2500. This discount is automatically applied to your cart at checkout.

Do you offer discounts for large orders?

Yes! We offer a 10% discount on all orders over $2500. This discount is automatically applied to your cart at checkout.

Can The SpoutOff components be painted?

Yes. The SpoutOff parts are powder coated aluminum. Contact your local professional paint store for the best advice.  We use Krylon and Rustoleum spray paint with good success to match any color gutters.  Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s coating instructions.

I have one downspout at an inside corner and one at an outside corner. Do you have SpoutOff corners?

The SpoutOff can be installed directly adjacent to either an inside or an outside corner.

I have a downspout on my second story roof that empties onto my first story roof. How would The SpoutOff work in this situation?

Although The SpoutOff can be installed here, someone would have to climb up there to detach it and check it. This is still better than having to climb all the way up to the top of the 2nd or 3rd story.

{Notes: (1) If you can run the present downspout down to the ground, The SpoutOff would be detachable from the ground. (2) In some cases, it is possible to re-pitch this upper gutter the other way enabling The SpoutOff to run down to the ground and be easily detachable from the ground. (3) Because The SpoutOff outlet hole itself is so big, it is still a good idea to install The SpoutOff at this location because the large SpoutOff outlet will not clog}.

What is the effect of ice and snow on The SpoutOff?

The SpoutOff outlet will act like any other rain gutter outlet. However, because The SpoutOff downspout can be easily removed (for instance if an ice storm is predicted), The SpoutOff downspout can be removed and then replaced when melting begins. This will eliminate freezing inside the downspout.

Can the SpoutOff be retrofitted onto my present gutters and downspouts?

Yes, if they are 5” or 6” K-Style with either 2×3 or 3×4 downspouts. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND installing The SpoutOff with 3×4 downspouts because the larger downspouts ensure complete flow of water and debris out of the gutter and out of the 3×4 downspout.

Can I retrofit The SpoutOff myself?

Yes. Illustrated installation instructions are available at www.TheSpoutOff.com.  The SpoutOff is a terrific DIY project from retrofit/installation to continued use.

I would like a professional to install SpoutOffs on my home. Can you provide me with the names of companies in my area that install The SpoutOff?

We do not have installation companies all over the country yet.  We suggest you choose a couple of local rain gutter installation companies, have them check out our website and then provide you with installed quotes.

What if I want to install new downspouts?

You can do that. You can buy new downspouts, elbows, etc. at your local home store, or your professional installer can provide them. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND installing The SpoutOff with 3×4 downspouts because the larger downspouts ensure complete flow of water and debris out of the gutter and out of the 3×4 downspout.

How will I know how to cut the hole in the gutter so the Spout fits properly?

A SpoutOff Template is provided and a simple cut of the gutter is illustrated in the Installation Instructions. This cut also eliminates the “lip” at the top of your present outlets. These lips constantly catch debris and start clogging your present small outlets – simply a terrible design.

My gutters have covers/inserts/screens on them. Can I install The SpoutOff?

Yes. AND YOU SHOULD! Since covered gutters do not get a lot of debris in them, the only areas you need to be concerned with are your present small outlets. By removing SpoutOff downspouts you are now able to easily see into all your outlets from the safety of the ground.  When you see that all your SpoutOff outlets are clear, you know your covers are working.

After I install The SpoutOff rain gutter outlet, can I install covers or screens onto my gutters?

Yes.

Will The SpoutOff Outlet clog?

No. The very large SpoutOff Outlet has been designed and engineered so it will not clog.  When water and debris reach The SpoutOff Outlet that water and debris will fall out of the gutter, down through the large SpoutOff Outlet, down and out of your downspouts.

Will my gutters ever clog?

If debris gets into your gutters and that debris is allowed to accumulate, your gutters could clog.

I don’t have many trees around my house, why would I install The SpoutOff?

What you are really saying is that you don’t get much debris in your gutters. This makes your house the best candidate for The SpoutOff . . .  Why?

Because all open gutters get some debris in them from time to time. That debris always flows down to the outlet where it accumulates and clogs present small outlets. Remember, it does not take a lot of debris to clog a small standard outlet. The good news for you is that by installing SpoutOffs you can (without climbing a ladder, without even owning a ladder) easily, quickly and safely check all your SpoutOff outlets. You will quickly see they are not clogged. You are the perfect SpoutOff user!

Why wouldn’t I want SpoutOff’s on all my gutters and downspouts?

  • You enjoy climbing up there to check and clean muck out of your small outlets.
  • You enjoy climbing and working on ladders.
  • You enjoy taking the downspout elbows apart to clean them out up on a ladder.
  • You enjoy wasting your time climbing up and down a ladder or walking a roof to keep your gutter outlets clean.
  • You don’t care if your gutter outlets are clogged.
  • You don’t care if your underground pipes are clogged.
  • You enjoy paying someone over and over to keep your gutters flowing when it rains.
  • You have so much time on your hands that cleaning your outlets fits easily into your schedule and you’d rather be cleaning your outlets than doing anything else.

The SpoutOff – OUTSMART YOUR GUTTERS!