Although keeping your gutters clear is essential to preventing water from overflowing and leaking into your roof, siding, or foundation, you should also be aware that your downspouts can get clogged as well.
While your gutters collect the rainwater rolling down from the roof, it’s your downspouts which disperse the water away from your home’s foundation.
What Causes Clogged Downspouts?
If you have traditional open gutters, it means you need to clean them out regularly since debris will no doubt collect inside them. There’s no guarantee the debris will clog the gutters; in some cases, it does happen. However, in other cases, it may rain, causing rainwater to wash the debris down into the downspouts, which, in turn, can clog them up. This is especially true if the downspouts were poorly designed, making it difficult for debris to be washed out with the water.
Why is it Important to Prevent Clogged Downspouts?
If your downspout is clogged, it means the water collected by your gutters will have nowhere to go. It will build up to the point where the gutters begin overflowing, causing water to potentially leak in through the roof, siding, or foundation of your home. In some cases, the water may flow to one of the other non-clogged downspouts.
However, because one of the downspouts is clogged, the others will experience a rush of water. This can cause large pools of water to collect by the downspouts which aren’t clogged and could cause damage such as erosion depending on where the water is being dispersed.
How Can You Clean Your Downspouts?
If you suspect a clogged downspout, it’s best to hire a gutter cleaning service to come and remove it. Downspouts are enclosed, which means it’s difficult to reach up or down them. Even if you have some kind of tool which allows you to do so, you risk damaging the downspout or only partially removing the clog.
You can, however, take steps to prevent your downspouts from clogging to begin with. For example, have your gutter system cleaned on a regular basis. You could also install LeafLock gutters, micro mesh, or leaf screens, to prevent your gutters from collecting debris in the first place.
If you need to replace or upgrade your current gutter system, contact us at Quality Gutter Systems for a free estimate today.