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The Importance of Cleaning Clogged Downspouts and Gutters

Downspouts are comprised of the piping that diverts rainwater from the rain gutters down the house and eventually out and away from the foundation. Clogged downspouts can cause rainwater to back up and flow over the edge of the gutters.

This can cause damage to siding, foundations, landscape, and can even cause flooding in and around the house. You can go to this website to find out about the experienced gutter cleaning experts in Dublin. 

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The downspouts are typically clogged at the top entrance with leaves, twigs, bird nests, pet toys, roof debris, pine needles, etc. Downspouts can also be clogged internally. Often time’s debris gets stuck at one of the elbows in the downspout and then starts to build up.

Not only can this block the flow of rainwater also cause permanent damage to the downspout. When water and debris trapped in the frozen downspout and then expanding the downspout can be split or can do for years rusted out debris sitting there.

Using the proper equipment cleaning gutters clean gutters professionals should test that all your downspouts are working properly. If there is an internal clog, try using a plumbers snake and work through the debris, and lightly pounding on the downspout often will liberate debris.

Where the downspout diverts the rainwater is also very important. A common issue I see is rainwater being dumped directly next to the house. At the end of the downspout, there should be an extension or splash block that carries the water at least 4-5 feet away from the house.