Gutters and downspouts are frequently clogged with leaves and other debris, and this situation causes poor rainwater drainage. Water that does not flow properly through the gutter system may infiltrate through the ceiling, generating damage at various levels.
The accumulation of leaves, twigs and dirt in the gutters maintains moisture, which leads to rapid degradation and rust.
What is the solution?
Put your gloves on and solve the problem quickly and easily! Cleaning the gutters and the downspouts is not so complicated and can be done without professional assistance. However if you have fears of climbing a ladder, contact a Dallas roofing contractor near you to do it.
The first operation consists in cleaning the gutters with a brush, to remove debris, followed by using a garden hose and water to check whether the downspout is clogged or not. If it is, you must not introduce sharp metal objects or force it too hard because its joints tend to break quite easily and a pierced downspout will not accomplish its purpose, not to mention that the holes will actually facilitate clog formation.
In order to attempt to unclog the downspout, put the hose alternatively at the bottom end and at the top of the pipe and use water at high pressure. In most cases, this operation will work and the problem will be solved. However, if the downspout remains clogged, you may need a specialist to disassemble it in order to clean it properly.
However, keep in mind that regular cleaning f the gutters and downspouts using water pressure can prevent more serious blockages and damage.