Roof and gutter cleaning in Melbourne is a necessary chore but many homeowners forget about cleaning the downspouts too. While a clogged gutter is easy to spot, clogged downspouts can be another matter. Unfortunately, if you skip cleaning your downspouts, you’re likely to eventually face a hefty bill for water damage to your home.
When your downspouts are blocked, your gutters can’t do their job. This means water damage and that’s a phrase that should make every homeowner pay attention. Water damage can be big or small, causing minor damage or major structural problems.
If your gutters overflow because the downspout is blocked, get ready to find water pooling on or inside your roof. And then it won’t be long before it’s dripping through your ceiling. With such a damp environment, mould will surely be on the way.
A blocked downspout can also leave water pooling around the foundations of your home. Over time, this excess of water can seep into the ground causing moisture damage to your foundations.
So how do you tell if a downspout is clogged before it’s too late?
Watch out for these signs
Unlike gutters, it’s not so simple as peering into your downspout to see if it’s clogged. You’re going to have to try these tricks.
Start by taking a look at your gutters. Are they looking a little worse for wear? They might be breaking or pulling away from the roof. This can be caused by the increased pressure as water is forced back from the downspout.
If you aren’t quite sure, wait for it to rain. If your gutters are clean but water is still overflowing, then chances are your downspout is blocked. Another tell-tale sign will be little to no water coming out of your downspout.
How to unclog your downspout
If you noticed any of the above signs, then you need to unclog your downspout ASAP. Otherwise, you’ll be spending a lot of money getting your home fixed.
- Clean your gutters
Before you can tackle the downspout, clean your gutters. If you don’t, your downspout could easily become clogged again, making gutter cleaning extremely important.
- Start at the bottom
The majority of downspout clogs are located towards the bottom of the pipe since the water pressure slowly forces them down. They may even be quite close to the opening. Divert the downspout’s flow and then reach inside. Remove as much debris as you can.
For good measure, place a hose at the top of the downspout. Then you can flush water through the pipe to make sure it’s clean.
- Loosen the clog
Tougher clogs take extra work. They may have dried and stuck firmly inside the downspout. Knock your fist along the length of the downspout to see if you can shake them loose.
If nothing comes out but the downspout is still clogged, you’ll need a high-pressure washer. Carefully spray water down the pipe. Take care not to cause more damage. The high-pressure water should force the clog out.
- Call the professionals
If you’ve got a stubborn clog, it’s time to call in the professionals. With the right equipment and know-how, they’ll have your downspouts working perfectly. They can also help with gutter cleaning in time for Melbourne’s winter rains.
For Melbourne’s best roof and gutter cleaning services, call The Himalayas Group. With over 10 years roof cleaning experience, they can get the job done quickly and safely. And you won’t have to worry about a big repair bill after the next rainy day. To book a service today, call 0415 841 606 and find out more on how to unclog a downspout.
Himalayas Group continues to extend the roof gutter cleaning services to the Australians, 7 days a week, despite these challenging times. We have been providing domestic and commercial roof gutter cleaning solutions for more than 10 years, with an eye to detail. Our experienced gutter cleaners are skilled enough to inspect and gauge the condition of your roof gutters before providing the quote. Our specialist team is cleaning as many gutters as possible, considering the restrictions of this pandemic and the necessity of maintaining your home in the top condition. When Coronavirus crisis, eventually, begins to recede and we return to an approximation of normality, we have several factors of our lives and livelihood to take into consideration that were affected by this lethal virus. In the event of downpour of rain or hailstorms, autumn leaves fall, the clogged gutters can make the condition of your roof and home even worse. In that case, Himalayas Group is just a phone call away. Our roof gutter cleaning team is abiding by the social distancing measures imposed by the Australian government and following high standards of hygiene practice to avoid the spread of the virus. We motivate our customers to make all the transactions via electronic transfer upon having the photos of the gutters sent through them, once the given task is complete.