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7 DIY Tips For Clearing A Blocked Downpipe

Are you looking for effective ways in which you can clear a blocked downpipe? We have compiled all the essential information to help you out.

There is no doubt that clogged downpipes are one of the biggest nightmares for homeowners. But you don’t need to be scared anymore.

We agree that it is not something someone wants to think about unless they are stuck in a ‘sticky’ situation. And if you are here reading this guide, the chances are that you are in the same boat. Trust us when we say that it can be fixed with a bit of effort.

You do not need to make an appointment with a trained plumber to sort out this issue. All you need to do is implement some of the time-tested methods to help you get rid of the problem without fail.

This guide will take you through some of the top methods you can implement. So, without any more delay, let’s quickly take a look!

7 DIY Tips to Unclog Downpipe

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1. Use The Garden Hose Or Water Jetter

If some objects are blocking your downpipe, it is best to use a garden hose to clear it. A stream of water directly from the hose can help clear the blockage immediately.

If the downpipe still does not function properly, consider banging it a bit with a soft rubber mullet. Any debris that might have been stuck in the blocked pipe will get dislodged when you do that.

If this method fails, use the hose up and down the blocked drainpipe. A steady water stream through the hose will surely clear the downpipe. But sometimes, you might find that the hose is not helping in removing the blockage from the downpipe.

In that case, you will require a stronger water force to clear the clog. You can drop by the local hardware store to look for a high-pressure water jetter. With this, the water pressure will be highest, and when you use it on the downpipe, it will surely help clear the clog.

But remember that for using a water jetter, you need to take proper protection. Because of the high water intensity, you should wear eye and face protection. We suggest that you pick up the essential protective gears from the same hardware store where you buy the water jetter.

2. Use A Drain Rod

A drain rod can be their best friend for someone planning to use DIY techniques to clean a blocked downpipe. True to its name, it is like a stiff wire that helps dislodge any elements blocking the downpipe.

3. Vacuum

Vacuuming is another great way to ensure that your downpipe is free of clogs. But regular vacuums are not suited for this task! You will require a wet/dry vacuum to handle the dry and wet waste.

Keep in mind that it can create a lot of mess around the plughole when not used correctly. Thus, before you begin with the work, seal the plughole properly. Once you attach it well, please turn it on at a high suction speed and keep adjusting until the blockage is cleared.

You will need to keep doing this for 2-3 minutes, after which you can expect to have a cleared downpipe.

4. Check For Objects

When you talk to a plumber, you would be surprised to know how often they find objects stuck in the downpipes. Meaning, it would help if you do a preliminary check before trying out other ways to clear the blockage.

But make sure that when you are inspecting the pipes, you use hand gloves to avoid touching any gunk. What’s more, do not forget to use a sturdy ladder for this job. If the ladder is not stable, you will have difficulty handling the task.

5. Reinstallation

When everything fails, you should consider reinstalling the downpipe. If the block is too severe, the chances are that DIY tricks won’t clear it. This is your last resort, and you would have to take the downpipe out, remove the debris and reinstall it.

And in case you notice that the downpipe is severely damaged, it is best to put a new one in its place.

6. Know When To Change

Often, you will see that the problem of blockage keeps reappearing and nothing that you do prevents it. Then, you dismantle the pipe to check for permanent damage.

You will often see that the downpipe has worn out with time and usage. This is more frequent when the downpipe is swan-shaped.

In that case, you might have to consider changing it completely. However, you can take a second opinion from a trained plumber before coming to this decision. If build-ups cause any permanent damage, they will tell you that it is best not to spend more time and money fixing it.

Even though it might feel like a significant investment at first, by changing the entire downpipe, you will save more money in the long run. Constant repair works take a lot of effort and are not cost-effective.

7. Proper Maintenance

If you want the downpipes to work efficiently without getting clogged often, you must take proper care of them. There is no need for a trained plumber to get the job done; you can do it yourself with a bit of effort.

Like any other drain or pipe, you must install a suitable filter on the downpipe. This would help restrict the gunk from entering the pipe and building up over time.

Remember that even the best downpipes will get clogged over time without maintenance. Cleaning your gutters regularly will also prevent clogs in your downpipe. To ensure that you do not miss out on the cleaning part, you can even set a monthly reminder to ensure that the cleaning is done on time.

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Clearing Your Clogged Downpipe

With that, we have now reached the end of this comprehensive guide.

By now, you must have understood that apart from applying all the methods we have mentioned, you need to maintain the downpipe regularly. These blockages are never going to go unless you work on them. If left unattended, the chances are that it will only get worse with time.

We hope you enjoyed reading. Until next time!

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