Clean gutters and downspouts are needed to ensure a proper water flow from the roof and away from the house foundation. But they can get clogged with debris and leaves that will challenge their functionality. This will mostly happen in the spring – when trees closeby are casting seeds, as well as in the autumn.
Cleaning the downspouts involves working on a ladder at roof height, ensure safety before performing any of these activities and if you don’t feel comfortable doing them, consider hiring a Dallas roofing company professional to do it for you.
- Scoop the contents out of the gutter into a bucket or directly to a cloth lying on the floor. Always keep your body up right and don’t overreach when scooping to ensure safety.
- Proceed with clearing the downspouts once the gutters are free of leaves and debris, you can do so by using a plumbing snake, to do so, feed the snake from the top of the downspout until you hit the clog.
- Check if the downspout is clean by running water through it.
- Rinse and repeat to ensure that there are no rests remaining that could clog the downspouts.
You might also consider installing screens or guards designed to prevent the leaves from entering the downspout while still allowing the water to flow through freely.