How to Unclog a Gutter Downspout

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  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 5-40
What You'll Need
Garden hose
Rubber gloves

If your gutter system's downspout has recently incurred a clog, you may be curious about how to extract it. If so, read on to learn the basics of unclogging gutter downspouts.

Step 1 - Spray the Clog

Begin by carefully inserting your garden hose's nozzle into the opening at the bottom of your downspout. Next, adjust the water pressure to a high setting and proceed to run the hose. If the clog proves stubborn, repeat this step with your downspout's topmost opening. When inserting the hose's nozzle, try to be as gentle as possible, as a forceful insertion stands to damage your gutter downspout. Periodically rinsing your downspout in this manner is a good way to prevent the formation of clogs.

Step 2 - Take Apart Your Gutter Downspout

If spraying the clog with your hose proves unsuccessful, use a screwdriver to take apart your downspout at the bends. Once you've located the source of the clog, don a pair of rubber gloves and carefully fish it out with your hands. After the clog has been successfully extracted, use your hose to give the downspout a thorough rinsing before proceeding to reassemble it.