As a homeowner in Vancouver, WA, it's important to keep your gutters clean and free of debris. One of the most common problems that homeowners face is a clogged downspout. A clogged downspout can cause water damage to your home's gutters, roof, fascia board, foundation and walls, so it's important to fix the problem as soon as possible.
Here are some steps you can take to fix your clogged downspout:
Step 1: Clear Out Debris
The first step is to clear out any debris that may be blocking the opening of the downspout. You will likely need a ladder to reach inside of your gutter but be sure the gutter is planted securely on the ground before climbing. You can use your hands to remove any leaves, twigs or other debris that may be stuck inside. Make sure to wear gloves because gutters contain many sharp pieces of metal. While you're in there, clean out any other debris inside of your gutters.
Step 2: Check for Blockages
If the downspout is still clogged after clearing out debris, you'll need to check for blockages further down the line. You can use a hose, pressure washer, plumbing snake, or an auger tool to remove any blockages that may be causing the problem. Sometimes the clogs can be found further down the downspout. Sometimes it may be necessary to disassemble the elbows of the downspouts as they are the most restrict piece and therefor most likely to clog with tree debris.
Step 3: Repair or Replace
If you've tried both steps above and your downspout is still not functioning properly, it may be time to repair or replace it altogether. A professional gutter contractor like Matador Exteriors can inspect your gutters and provide recommendations on how best to proceed.
In conclusion, a clogged downspout is not something that should be ignored. It's important to address the issue quickly before it causes serious damage to your home. If you're unsure about how best to proceed with fixing your clogged downspout or if you need help with gutter replacement in Vancouver, WA, contact Matador Exteriors for a free estimate today!