How to Unclog a Gutter Downspout in 10 Easy Steps, Gutters are responsible for channeling rainwater away from your home, but they often get clogged when leaves and other debris enter the system. Luckily, there are several simple ways to unclog a gutter downspout that you can use right at home with little to no effort. Here’s how to do it in 10 easy steps.
The gutter system on your house is critical to keeping it safe and secure. It prevents rainfall from leaking into your basement or over your slab by diverting it away from your foundation. Fortunately, you can unclog a clogged downspout on your own.
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Rainwater pours from the roof into the gutters, where it flows toward the aperture at the end of the gutter and into the downspout. The water then either drains into an underground pipe system that connects to the municipal drainage system or into your yard, which is located farther away from the home. The harm that stray raindrops may inflict is significant. It may degrade your home’s foundation, create interior water damage, and serve as a mosquito breeding ground.
A gutter system is effective in collecting rainwater runoff, as well as other debris such as leaves. Most homeowners clean their gutters once a year when the leaves have fallen from the trees. Even with regular cleaning, debris may get into the gutters. It is often washed down with water. However, if enough of it enters the system, it may form a blockage, rendering your gutters ineffective.
It might be costly to hire someone to clean your gutters. To have a blockage in your system cleared, expect to spend at least $100. Clearing a blockage in your gutter system is a simple and fast DIY project if you are able and not scared to utilize a taller ladder.
- Hose for Garden
- Screws for Sheet Metal
- Nut and screwdriver
1. Locate the Clog
Rainwater overflowing out of your gutter because it has nowhere else to go will be the first sign of a blockage. Clogs are most often caused by leaves. Any curve or bend in the system is the ideal area for a mass of wet leaves to produce a standstill if enough of them pile up and make their way into the downspout. Your house has multiple gutters and downspouts. Identify the overflowing gutter and follow it visually to the finish, noting the downspout it employs.
2. Position the Ladder
The length of the ladder you’ll need is determined by the gutter’s height. A long telescopic ladder that stores conveniently is ideal for this job. Before trying, make sure you know how to use a ladder securely. Place the ladder beside the downspout after you’re sure you know how to use it properly and safely. Leave at least a foot between the ladder and the downspout to allow yourself space to work.
3. Disconnect the house from the downspout
Your downspout is most likely attached to your house by a semi-circular or rectangular bracket made of downspout material. The downspout screws into that component, which is fastened to your house. Starting at the bottom, remove the screws that hold the downspout in place. Before you reach the blockage, there may be more than one piece. Screws connect the various components. After removing the screws, you may pull the parts apart.
4. Examine each section that was removed.
Peer into each part starting with the first one removed. It should be possible for you to see daylight. If not, a long stick or your arm may be able to clear it. Straight pieces are usually not a problem but double-check them anyhow. Bends and curves are where the troubles arise.
5. Make the Bends Visible
After you’ve removed the straight pieces, you’ll be able to see inside the curved area of the downspout. A torch might be useful for seeing all the way inside. This is where you’ll find a blockage if you have one.
6. Clear the Clog
You should be able to see the obstruction plainly in most cases. With your hands, remove the rubbish and hurl it on the ground. Later, you may clean it up. Check for daylight once the debris has been cleared. There is still more debris if you don’t see any. Use a hose with a nozzle that can create a constant and forceful spray if you can’t reach it with your hands (not a power washer). The material will be flushed out if the stream is directed into the downspout. This will get you wet and muddy, so dress properly.
7. Put the Downspout Back Together
The opposite of disassembling the downspout is reassembling it. Begin from the very top. Make sure the holes for the screws are lined up before inserting the small end of the downspout into the larger end. If this is not possible, use self-tapping sheet metal screws.
8. Run a Downspout Test
A good rain is the best test, but it’s the worst moment to find out you didn’t clean the blockage completely. Squirt water onto the roof immediately above the gutter with your hose. Continue for another 15-20 minutes. Your downspout is clear if the gutter hasn’t overflowed by then.
9. Perform a song (Optional)
This activity could be made a lot simpler if you sing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
Observe the gutter during the next rain to double-check your job. Check the remainder of your gutters as well; they may be blocked as well. During heavy rain, check a couple of times per year.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or hire it out.
Ladders are one of the most common sources of injury and accidents in the home. If you are not comfortable climbing a ladder, get someone to do it for you. It’s also a good idea to have someone hold the ladder and grasp the top downspout sections as you remove them.