Rainleader disconnections for residential properties

Information including inspection, permits, costs, disconnecting your downspout, and hiring a contractor

Inspection and permit requirements

An inspection is required and can be made by calling 612-673-5681 or 612-673-3543.

There is no fee for a disconnection permit, but a permit is required before you can begin work. The permit application is found below.

Rainleader Disconnection-Residential Permit Application

Estimate for typical residential downspout disconnection costs


Cost (each)

10' steel downspout


Front / side elbow


Downspout strap


10 pounds of quick setting cement



4" soil pipe gasket


 Actual labor time for a disconnection is about 45-60 minutes.


Disconnect your downspout yourself

How to Disconnect Your Downspout

Tools and materials needed

  • Cordless drill or screwdriver
  • Hacksaw
  • Tape measure
  • Crimping tool
  • Self-tapping metal screws
  • Downspout elbow and extension
  • Bucket and mixing tool for cement
  • Fiberglass insulation
  • Cement
  • Water

How to disconnect your downspout

  • Measure downspout and standpipe and gather required materials
  • Measure approximately 10" from the top of the standpipe and saw off the existing downspout
  • When preparing for installation of a cement plug, be sure to wear protective gear
  • Force fiberglass insulation into the standpipe, firmly packing approximately 6" of insulation into the standpipe
  • Mix the cement and pour into the standpipe to form a smooth, crowned top. Dispose of excess cement properly. DO NOT dump cement into gutters or storm drains.
  • Crimp the end of the downspout, sliding into the elbow
  • Use self-tapping screws to hold elbow in place
  • Crimp the exposed end of the elbow and slide the crimped elbow into the downspout extension. The water should be directed at least 3' away from the foundation towards the front or back of the property, but not towards a neighboring building.

After work is complete

Call 612-673-5681 or 612-673-3543 to have a Rainleader Disconnection representative approve the disconnection work before it is concealed.

Want to hire a contractor to disconnect your downspout?

  • Contact the Rainleader Disconnect Program at 612-673-5681 or 612-673-3543 to schedule a site visit to determine what type of contractor is needed for the work.
  • Make sure to hire a licensed contractor, and the contractor obtains a disconnection permit.
  • Have the contractor redirect the downspout and permanently seal the standpipe.
  • Do not pay the contractor until a Rainleader Inspector has signed off on the work.

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