Roof Rain Gutter Downspout Maintenance – Downspout Cleaning

The amount of maintenance of the roof rain gutter downspout depends mainly on the maintenance of the rain gutter and the downspout bottom end / condition of its extension. If you live in a tree-free area, where your rain gutter downspout would (in most instances) need no maintenance, there is not much to think about. If you would like to learn more about this, please check out see here

Each tree located near your home, however, will increase the chances of losing some of your precious maintenance time. The closer and higher the trees are, the more maintenance might be necessary.

Installing the rain gutter strainer is the best way to eliminate it and keep the gutter downspout interior clean. The gutter strainer will avoid the flow of leaves and other debris through the downspout, and will contaminate it in some situations.

To prevent it from preventing the water flow, you must remember to frequently clean the gutter strainer (depending on the number of trees surrounding your house).

If there are no trees in your field, your rain gutter should do OK without the gutter strainer.

The Rain Gutter Downspout Clogged

  1. When it’s raining, note the downspout discharge.

If there is little or no water coming out of the bottom end of the downspout, first check the outlet of the gutter (top of the downspout / attachment point of the rain gutter). Clean it if it’s contaminated and watch if it increases the flow of water.

The gutter outlet is clean if your rain gutter is still full of water, and not much comes out of the downspout – begin by testing the condition of the bottom end of the downspout (most likely at the point of a curve) and / or its extension (especially the flexible type). However, be vigilant when doing it.

There might be several gallons of water just waiting for you to open the clogged section if the bottom end is clogged.

You’ll have to work your way down the gutter downspout if the bottom appears clean and there’s no mechanical damage. Usually the clogging debris accumulates at the first or second curve point, just below the surface of the soffit.

By fishing it down through the rain gutter outlet, you can attempt to unclog the downspout with a plumbing snake. Anything long enough to be forced through a few downspout curves that is small in diameter, flexible, and solid enough will also work perfectly. An electrical “fish tape” would be one of the examples, only prepared for it to corrode, unless you happened to have a form of fiberglass.