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.