Downspouts | Best Pick Reports
Downspouts are the pipes that lead water away from your gutters and
away from your house. They typically have a three- or four-inch
diameter; the wider the diameter, the less likely that a downspout will
clog. Some homeowners install leaf strainers to try to minimize
downspout clogs. To recognize a clog, tap on the outside of the
downspout. If you hear a dense, heavy sound, a clog is likely present.
Downspouts most often clog at the elbows, or joints. Downspout clogs
can often be driven out by spraying water into the opening of the
downspout, either from above or below, and plumber’s snakes can
eradicate more stubborn clogs. Your gutter cleaning professionals
should have access to these and other tools used to safely and
efficiently clean your gutter system.