By Tammy Sons
A clogged downspout can be very expensive if it’s not taken care of as soon as possible. A clogged downspout can also cause water to run back under your roofline, causing water damage to the plywood under your roof and the soffit that holds the gutters by the roofline. All caused by the clogging of leaves from trees.
Pressurized water from a hose can flush the leaf blockage out easily. Plumbers snakes have an auger tip that can cut through a blockage and pull loose some debris to start the clearing of the downspouts. The disadvantage to this is you can also rip through a joint in the gutter system if you are not careful. If the messy debris can be loosened up then running it up and down, the system can clear it so the water will flow freely. Electricians snakes works at the first elbow when the gutter curves under the fascia to push and or probe for any blockages, but not well for problems lower down in the system since all you do is push the debris down further into the downspouts. Downspouts that go into underground drainage can be harder to make sure they are clear. If there is a cleanout access point at the ground or a way to take out the downspout, then a snake or hose can be inserted to check if it is clear. Using pressurized water is still the safest, easiest and quickest way to ensure you don’t damage your water system. Once you get the downspout clean be sure to let water flow for a few minutes to get the water flow going. All the damage that can be caused by sticks and leaves from trees can be avoided.
The water that you can save can be used for many things such as watering plants, watering your lawn as well as being able to keep them all growing healthy and fresh so that they can thrive well.