Downspout Cleaning How To
Downspout cleaning in most areas, especially where we are located is vital. This is a key part of gutter cleaning that unfortunately is often overlooked. If you are a homeowner and looking for “gutter cleaning near me”, it is very important to confirm they will be flushing the downspouts. Flushing the downspouts can be a very tedious process that can sometimes double the time of the cleaning. From our years of gutter cleaning we have tried everything, drain snakes, high pressured water (works often), leaf blower, knocking method, and the dreaded taking apart of elbow piece. If you have ever tried any of these methods they can take quite a bit of time, be frustrating, and sometimes not even work. First, let’s talk about why it is so important to do downspout cleaning. Every time, always, or you are wasting your time. Not cleaning the downspouts would be like having a clogged sink, and just pumping out the water but neglecting to fix the drain clog, pointless.
10 reasons downspout cleaning is important.
1. Prevent water damage: Cleaning your downspouts regularly can help prevent water damage to your foundation, walls, and basement by ensuring that water is properly directed away from your home.
2. Avoid clogs: Clogged downspouts can cause water to back up and overflow, which can lead to water damage and leaks. Regular cleaning can help prevent clogs and keep water flowing freely.
3. Improve drainage: When downspouts are clogged, water can pool around your foundation, which can cause water damage and lead to mold and mildew growth. Cleaning your downspouts can help improve drainage and prevent these problems.
4. Protect your landscaping: If water isn’t properly directed away from your home, it can damage your landscaping and cause erosion. Cleaning your downspouts can help protect your landscaping by directing water away from your home.
5. Prevent pests: Clogged downspouts can provide a breeding ground for pests such as mosquitoes and roaches. Regular cleaning can help prevent pests from taking up residence in your downspouts.
6. Maintain your home’s appearance: Cleaning your downspouts can help maintain the appearance of your home by preventing water stains and discoloration.
7. Save money: Regularly cleaning your downspouts can help prevent costly repairs and damage to your home, which can save you money in the long run.
8. Increased home value: A well-maintained home is more attractive to potential buyers and can increase the overall value of your home.
9. Prevent ice dams: In cold climates, clogged downspouts can cause water to back up and freeze, which can lead to ice dams. Regular cleaning can help prevent ice dams and keep your roof safe.
10. Peace of mind: Knowing that your downspouts are clean and functioning properly can give you peace of mind and help you sleep better at night.
What we have learned
Firstly, every time we use water to inspect the downspouts. If they have French drains we will disconnect at the base to make sure we see water flowing out the bottom. Another piece that we have learned over time is that sometimes water can flow out the bottom and it still be clogged in the elbow piece. Often times if you flush enough water you can see water start to back up and leak out of the elbow piece. This is a sign you have to use something else aside from water. We really have tried everything, we have found a “magic” solution. I will attach a video on downspout cleaning and the easiest ways!
A toilet auger is your answer. This is different than a typical drain snake, it provides a lot more stability and strength to break through everything. I like a 6 foot one that is about $30-40 from your local hardware store. These types work so great because they allow you to put the elbow into the gutter downspout and stand up and apply pressure and force safely! This method works about 90% of the time and has saved us more time than anything else!
Always remember, downspout cleaning is the most important part of cleaning gutters. Call us any time for questions or quotes to take care of your home!