While you may remember to clean your gutters or check them for clogs, most people forget to double-check their downspouts. For context, downspouts are the vertical pipes used to take the water collected by the gutters and carry the water away from the house. Because downspouts see so much volume, they can easily get clogged with leaves, twigs and other debris.
If you think your downspout is clogged, you first need to find and confirm the blockage.
How to Find a Downspout Clog?
If you’re noticing peeling paint or other signs of excessive moisture on the side of your home, your downspout is probably not transporting the water away from your home like its supposed to. To confirm your suspicions of a clog, take a screwdriver and tap the exterior of the downspout to listen for hollow spots. Remember, the entirety of the downspout should sound hollow, and if a spot doesn’t, then you’ve found your clog.
How to Remove a Downspout Clog?
If you’re lucky, your downspout clog can be removed with a strong stream of water from your hose, however, there are times where that pressure won’t be enough to dislodge the blockage.
A plumbing snake can be helpful in removing more stubborn blockages, but wielding the snake on the top of your home can be risky, so at this point, you may need to call the professionals.
Once you’ve called a gutter specialist to your home, they’ll examine the downspout and gutters to determine where the clog is and the best way to remove it. They will also need to double-check the gutter cage (the mesh material between the gutter and the downspout). The mesh cage can become full of debris, or if you recently experienced a storm, the cage could be damaged. If your cage is causing the blockage, your professional gutter repairman will need to replace the cage to allow water to flow freely once again.
How to Prevent a Clogged Downspout?
No matter if you just cleaned your gutter downspout from a clog, or if you want to prevent downspout buildup, adding gutter guards will be your best bet at preventing any future clogs. Gutter guard installation can be tricky, so this is another task that’s best left to the professionals. Once you’ve hired your gutter experts, they’ll take specialized mesh to cover the gutters; the mesh will allow water to freely flow, but twigs and other debris won’t be caught in the stream of water, or in your gutters.
Do you think you have a clogged downspout? Give our gutter experts at New Vision Exterior Solutions a call today to schedule a consultation. We’ll be able to help you clear your clogged downspout and prescribe preventative measures like gutter guards to ensure you don’t have to worry about clogs in the future.