How to Attach a Downspout Screen

What You'll Need
A ladder
An assistant
Pressure washer

A downpout screen is an important part of your home's gutter system. A gutter system is designed to take water that accumulates in and around the roofline of the home and move it away from the home's exterior surface and grounds, and especially to keep it away from the home's foundation. One of the major reasons for basement problems and leaking rooflines is due to water. Specifically, these problems occur because water is not routed properly away from the home. When a downspout gets blocked with all sorts of debris, its ability to manage the water runoff of the gutter system is lessened greatly. In order to prevent these types of blockages you should install a downspout screen. Below is a quick step-by-step process on how to complete this job.

Step 1 - Get On The Roof

Place the ladder on the ground and lean it against the roof. Enlist the help of a friend or a family member to stand by the ladder and make sure it is secure while you get up close to the roof. Get all the way up to where the gutter meets the downspout.

Step 2 - Remove the Downspout

Remove the clips that attach the downspout to the gutters. Some gutter systems may connect the downspout to the gutter with screws. If this is the case, take your screwdriver and remove the screws. Make sure to put the screws in a pocket or in another safe place so that you can use them when you put the downspout back in place.

Step 3- Place Downspout on Ground

Get down off the ladder and remove the clips that attach the downspout to the house all the way down to the ground. Place the length of the downspout on your lawn or on a surface that is relatively flat.

Step 4 - Clean the Downspouts

Before you attach downspout screens it is a good idea to make sure that the downspouts are clean, free of any debris and unclogged. Fish out any big pieces inside the downspouts and blow water through the length using a light setting on your pressure washer.

Step 5 - Cut Mesh to Fit

Purchase wire mesh at your local home improvement center. The wire mesh must be a type of mesh that will resist corrosion from the outside elements. You want to look for wire mesh that is specifically used for gutters and downspouts. Take a pair of scissors and cut the mesh to the size of the downspout opening. Make sure you cut it a little larger than the downspout opening so that you can push it in snugly.

Step 6 - Push Mesh into Downspout

Add a little adhesive to the interior downspout, around the entire circumference. Then you will want to smooth the adhesive slightly and push the mesh into the downspout so that it fits snugly in place. Allow the adhesive to dry completely.

Step 7 - Re-attach Downspouts

Re-attach the downspouts to your gutter system.