The falling leaves, especially during autumn, can cause serious damage to your gutters and downspouts if they are not cleaned out in a timely manner. However, if you have, after all, left it for too late, you have a problem on your hands—in the form of a clogged downspout!
However, no need to fret as of yet. With these simple to follow tips from Mr. Handyman, you can unclog your downright and put things back to normal again.
However, before you get going on the task, do understand that you will possibly need to climb onto the top of your roof to get the job done. Therefore, it is important that you take the right precautions before you start. So, what should you do?
However, if you don’t feel too confident about this, we suggest that you leave the job to a professional cleaning service. After all, there is no need to take unnecessary risks to save a few bucks.
If you have a downspout extension, especially one that connects to an underground drain, it is important that you remove it first. This will expose the bottom opening and the clogged materials will be able to get out from there. Otherwise, they may only get pushed further down the drain.
With the help of a garden trowel, remove as much leaves and debris as you can from the downspout. Also use a garden hose to rinse the downspout well and free up the debris caught up there.
Now is time to clean the downspout from the top. You must start with cleaning the gutters and only then start with the job of unclogging the spout from the top. With a garden hose on hand, climb up the ladder and once you reach the top of the downspout opening, ask your helper to turn the water on. If leaves and the debris smoothly flow out of the bottom, your job is done. However, if the water comes up through the downspout again, this means there is still some stubborn debris left there.
Follow any of the methods put down below. Naturally, we have started with the easiest first.
However, if you don’t feel too comfortable with this job or if you fail to clean the downspout even after these efforts, there is always Universal Tradesman to do the job for you. Give us a call and our staff will finish the job for you.