The Basics of Cleaning Gutter Downspouts

Leaning Gutter Downspouts should be done every year. If your gutter downspouts are clogged, you will need to clean them out so they do not back up into the actual gutters. When you have clogged gutters, Our pricing water will run out of the gutters, not the downspouts. Then you will need to start worrying about water damage to your foundation, your landscaping (my wife was so mad because some of her plants died), and your siding. Water will seep into any opening it can find, so you may even end up with water damage to the structure of your house if you have any holes or open spots in your siding so make sure to clean out downspout.

Clean the Gutters First
Before you check on your downspouts, you should be sure that your gutters are cleaned. There are several supplies you will need and steps you should follow to be sure the gutters are free of excess debris. Once your gutters are clean, you can try running water through your gutters and down the spout to see if your downspouts are truly clogged. If you find that your downspouts are clogged, turn of the water so you do not get too much back up in your downspout and gutter.

How to clear Clogged Downspouts
If your downspout is clogged you will need a tool called a plumber’s snake. This is a flexible metal tool that you can push up into your gutter. It will create a little tunnel that the clogged water can flow through. The plumber’s snake or auger will spin as your push it up into the downspout. Cleaning the downspout is not always easy and you may have to work hard to get the snake up into the downspout. You can find lots of great plumber’s snake at Amazon at great prices here.

Turn the Hose on to Full Power
Sometimes the plumber’s snake or auger does not work from the bottom of the downspout and you may need to push the clog out from the top of the downspout. You can take the hose back up to the top of the downspout. If you need to do this, turn the hose up to full blast and point it down the downspout. This should hopefully get the debris unclogged. Amazon has many water hose & pressure washer items up for sale with discounts, do check them out here.

Remove the Downspout
If neither method works, then you may need to remove the downspout. You should be sure you follow manufacturer’s directions for removing and reinstalling your downspout. Sometimes animals can fall down the downspouts and you may not be able to get animals out with the auger or a high pressure hose. I have seen birds in my downspouts so do be careful when removing, you don’t want to be shocked and fall off the ladder.

If the job is too difficult, you can always hire someone to help you with it. But, most downspouts can be cleaned with a plumber’s snake, an auger, or a high pressure nozzle. Keeping your gutters clean will also help keep your downspouts clean, too.

Cleaning Gutter Downspouts is a must! Keep in mind that regular maintenance can prevent big jobs in the future. Keep your gutters and downspouts clean so you do not have to worry about them getting clogged.

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