Cleaning Downspouts

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated July 11, 2016)

Now that it's springtime, you might be faced with the daunting task of cleaning up your house, which doesn't mean just the interior, but the exterior as well. Such an in depth cleaning of your home may seem quite daunting, but if you go about it in the right way, you can get it done in not too much time, and have everything looking great. One of the things that may be on your "Outdoor To-Do List" is cleaning the downspouts. After a winter of storms and bad weather, your downspouts may be in need of some care, and that's your job. If you can successfully clean out your downspouts, then you'll be preventing flooding and gutter blockage when the next spring storm rolls in.

Cleaning your downspouts actually has a lot to do and a lot in common with cleaning gutters. The two are very closely related, and so the techniques are quite similar. You need to slowly and deliberately scrape out any blockages that are in your downspouts, allowing water to flow freely from the gutter to the downspout. Unlike gutters however, thoroughly cleaning out downspouts isn't as simple. Downspouts are longer and may or may not detach into smaller parts. If your downspouts do separate into smaller parts, then just take the downspout apart and, with a rag, wipe out the interior of the downspout. (You will probably want to have some long gloves on, or a long sleeved shirt, so you don't get yourself covered in downspout muck).

If your downspout doesn't separate, however, then you'll need to go about using a different tactic. You want to remove any gunk from the interior of the downspout, and if that gunk is more in the middle of the spout, then you have a problem. To solve this dilemma, you just need to take a long pole or rod, stick it down the downspout, and target the problem gunk clogs. Using the long pole or rod, dislodge the blockage, and push it right out. Flush the downspout out with water when you're finished, to make sure that any loose particles are washed out.

Other things to keep in mind as you go about cleaning your downspout, is that you want to wear appropriate clothing. Don't wear anything that you would mind if it got ruined; preferably, you should wear more grubby, already ruined clothing. Cleaning the exterior (or interior for that matter) of your house is in no way going to be dirt free, and you'll want to make sure that you're wearing the appropriate garb. You'll also want to keep gloves handy, to keep your hands relatively gunk-free.

Something else to remember about downspouts, is that if your gutters are clean, your downspouts most likely will be too. It's easier to clean your gutters than your downspouts, so if you keep your gutters clean, you won't have to clean out your downspouts nearly as often!

MORE FROM CHARLOTTE

Do I Need a Conditioner?

Conditioner is one of those products you see advertised all the time and you may think it's one of those universally ...

Discover More

Filing a Tax Extension

Filing taxes is never fun, especially when you're hard pressed for time. Fortunately the government allows you to file an ...

Discover More

Applying Foundation

Foundation is a makeup essential, the key that brings a whole makeup look together. If you're unsure about how to apply ...

Discover More

Remove Stubborn Stains Quickly Get everything looking clean again: Walls, floors, baseboards, counters, blinds, appliances, and more. Micro-scrubbers easily reach into surface grooves, lifting dirt away. This low-cost 8-pack is great for stubborn stains and touble areas. Check out Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 8-Pack today!

MORE CLEANING TIPS

Removing Stains From Asphalt Shingles

If your asphalt roof has black stains, you probably have algae living on the shingles. You can clean the roof effectively on ...

Discover More

Cleaning Wood Shingles

It is preferable to clean your wood shingles on a hot, sunny day so that the shingles will dry thoroughly. Start early in the ...

Discover More

Removing Roofing Stains

While trees may add beauty and property value to your home, they can also create all kinds of difficulties when it comes time ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments for this tip:

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 9 + 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.

Links and Sharing
Share