You know what just occurred to us? We go on and on about how you need to look out for signs of weak, broken, damaged, or clogged gutters, but we’ve never actually told you how to fix the problem. So, if you’ve spotted gutter problems, here’s are quick DIY solutions to getting your gutters back to working condition.

Fixing clogged gutters

Elbow joints and rough seals in your downspout could cause a clog.

Knowing how much damage can be done to the rest of your home due to one clogged gutter or downspout, it’s important that you know what to do once you spot signs of trouble. Water spilling over the edges, leaking out through the seams and joint, wet and stained siding, peeling paint, etc. are all bad signs, and it’s time to get out the ladder and take a closer look at what could be causing the problem.

The strainer cage is a common culprit for clogged gutters

Once you have determined that there is a problem with your gutter system, you need to find the source of the problem. The most common culprit of a clogged gutter system comes from a damaged strainer cage at the top of your downspout. It is like the upside down version of the strainer in your sink, meant to block bits of food that are too large and may clog your drain, backing up your sink. The strainer cage at the top of your downspout is there for that same reason. If your gutters are backed up, check this strain first.

If the strainer is the problem, remove the debris causing the clog, then clean the cage and reattach if you can, or replace it with a new one.

How to unclog a downspout

Locate the clog in your downspout and use a stick or a snake to loosen the materials before flushing out your spout.

Elbow joints and seams can catch dirt and debris causing a clogged downspout

The little elbow joint or rough seams in your downspout can also be an area where debris can get caught. The elbow joint is added to a downspout to direct the water away from your home, or to a certain destination, so it is a little ironic that this area is prone to clogs, but such is life.

If the clog is in your downspout, you can try to locate the exact spot by banging on the spout. It’s the same thing you do when you are searching for a solid piece of timber to hang your photos on the wall. As soon as you hear a dull “thud” when you bang on the pipe, you’ve found the location of the clog.

From here you can either disassemble the downspout to reach the clog, or try to jab at it with a long poking device – a stick or a snake – and try to loosen the clog. After you can flush the spout with water to make sure you got rid of the entire clog.

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If clogged gutters are to blame, you may be able to stop the problem before they cause water damage to your home. Gutters are an important part of the roofing system. If the problem is more severe than a clog you may want to replace your gutter system completely in order to protect your home from moisture damage.

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