The falling leaves sure are beautiful, but they can wreak havoc on your gutters and downspouts. If you procrastinated gutter cleaning, you may now have a clogged downspout on your hands. Don’t fret – with these tips from Mr. Handyman, you’ll learn how to clean out downspouts in no time.
Before you begin, realize that this project may require you to climb onto the roof. To ensure your safety, take these precautions:
Clean the Bottom Downspout Opening
Remove the downspout extension, if present, to expose the bottom opening. This is especially important if the downspout is connected to an underground drain. Otherwise, trying to remove the clog may simply push it further down.
With your gloves on, insert a garden trowel into the downspout and remove any leaves or debris you can reach. Rinse the downspout extension with water from a garden hose to dislodge debris caught here as well.
Rinse the Downspout from the Top Opening
If you haven’t cleaned your gutters yet, do this first, finishing with unclogging the downspout.
Climb a sturdy ladder with the end of a garden hose in one hand. When you reach the top opening of the downspout, ask a helper down below to turn on the water. If water flows out of the bottom carrying leaf debris with it, your job is complete. However, if water backs up into the gutter, a clog is present in the downspout, and you must remove it.
Tips on How to Unclog a Gutter Downspout
Follow these suggestions to unclog your downspout, starting with the easiest options first: