Gutters and Downspouts Spring

How to Fix Clogged Gutters and Downspouts

How to Fix Clogged Gutters and Downspouts

Rainy season can have an impact on your plumbing system. Gutters collect water from the roof and direct it away from the structure to prevent damage. A clogged gutter will be unable to perform this function. In addition, this can cause damage to the downspout. Our licensed plumbers at College Station Plumbing provide both residential and commercial plumbing services for homes and businesses. We have put together a few tips on how to fix clogged gutters and downspouts.

How to Fix Clogged Gutters and Downspouts

Regular maintenance is key for making your gutters last longer. However, repairs or even replacement will be necessary at some point to protect your property from water damage.

Be Cautious

Often times, examining or repairing your gutter and downspout will require being on the roof. Therefore, we recommend hiring a professional plumber at College Station Plumbing to ensure your safety and that proper repairs are made.

However, if you plan on getting on the roof, make sure to be cautious. If possible, get help from another person to hold the ladder steady and turn the water on. Additionally, select a sturdy, extension ladder to reach the top opening on high roofs. You will want to wait for mild weather conditions to clean downspouts as well.

Tap the Side of the Downspout

Using a sturdy ladder, you will want to step down one rung at a time and gently knock on the side of the downspout as you go.

Next, climb back up and try rinsing the downspout with your garden hose.

Create a Seal

Pack a small towel into the top of a downspout. Then, insert the garden hose. Ask your helper to turn on the water.

This seal might be enough to force the blockage out of the bottom opening.

Use a Handheld Auger

You will need to wear gloves and eye protection for this. Feed the auger into the top or bottom downspout opening and turn the drum clockwise.

Pull the cable back once it is all the way through This might need to be done several times to completely remove the clog.

Use a Power Tool

Insert the end of a leaf blower, power washer or wet/dry vac into the top of the downspout opening.

These tools are powerful enough that they should be able to dislodge stubborn debris.

Hire a Professional Gutter Cleaning Service

Unclogging your gutters and downspouts can be difficult even with these tips in mind, especially if you lack the time or physical ability to clean the gutters safely by yourself.

You can trust our professional gutter cleaners at College Station Plumbing to ensure your home or business’s plumbing is working properly. Contact us with the link below for more information or to schedule a consultation with us today!

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