Underground Downspout Clog

So your gutters are clogged?

Are you sure? It could be your underground downspout clog.  This can happen from time to time whether it be from not cleaning your gutters or just forgetting about the downspouts themselves.  You first need to see if the clog is in the actual downspouts themselves.  If not then it’s possible that the leak is in the underground downspout, which can be trickier to handle.

1. Pull the underground drain away from the end of the downspouts. The underground drain often a black, corrugated, plastic pipe.

2. Place the end of a plumber’s auger, also known as a snake, into the underground gutter. Turn the handle clockwise to extend the end of the auger.

3. Turn the handle counterclockwise if it becomes hard to turn; There is some blockage.  Reverse the auger to pull it out of the drain and clear it of debris. Insert it back into the drain until you hit resistance again, then turn the handle back and forth to work some of the clog free. Pull the auger out periodically to remove debris until it moves past the blockage without resistance.

4. Flush water through the drain using a garden hose. Stand where the drain terminates, usually at the edge of your yard, to make sure the water is flowing smoothly through the drain.


If you are wary about your abilities to fix this problem or the time is simply not there then feel free to give us a call for a free estimate on investing in gutter guards or just for gutter cleaning or repairs , call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected.

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