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Your gutters and downspout play an important role in protecting your home. They’re used to collect and drain rainwater from your roof, which helps to prevent rain leakage, water damage, and mold growth. But this vital role is coupled with a vulnerability – they can become clogged from build-ups of leaves, trash, and debris. Clogged gutters and downspouts can have compromised waterflow, meaning less rain protection for your home. Therefore, it’s important to clean them regularly.

Not sure how to clean your gutters and downspout? Radiant Roofing is here to help! Follow our how-to guide below for your Fort Worth home!

What you Will Need

Water Hose

Step Ladder

Plumber’s Snake’s


Gutter Cleaning Attachment for Water Hose (Optional)

Screwdriver (Optional)

Start by Cleaning Your Downspout

Insert the plumber’s snake into the bottom of the downspout and keep running the tool until you see the wire arise from the top. If it has penetrated a clog inside the downspout, slowly start turning the plumber’s snake’s crank to begin the unclogging process.

After pushing out as much of the clog as possible using the plumber’s snake, retract the tool and begin flushing the downspout using a water hose. You can flush either from the top or bottom of the downspout. Be sure to practice step ladder safety when flushing your downspout from the top.

Depending on the structure of your downspout, you may be able to disassemble it using a screwdriver. While some downspouts are just a single tube, others can comprise of multiple smaller tubes connected with brackets. Removing these brackets can allow you take apart the downspout, which may help you reach clogs easier and give your downspout a more thorough clean.

Once the downspout has been cleaned, it’s time to move on to the gutters.

Clean Your Gutters

Use a step ladder to examine your gutters for any clogs. Be sure to check the corners of your gutters, as these are especially vulnerable. Using gloves, gently remove these clogs before flushing the gutters with your water hose. Consider purchasing a gutter cleaning attachment for your water hose, as it’s long reach allows you to rinse your gutters without using a step ladder.

Finish with a Water Test

To make sure you managed to unclog your gutters and downspout, you’ll want to test the parts using water. Simply run water through every corner of the gutter and monitor the waterflow to see if any obstacles halt it. If the water has passed all the way to the downspout drain, then your gutters and downspout are working properly. If there is standing water, then there may still be clogs.

However, this can also mean your gutters are improperly positioned, in which you’ll need to contact Radiant Roofing for further assessment.

Help maintain your Fort Worth home by cleaning your gutters and downspout! And if you’ve noticed any damages or issues with your gutters and downspout, contact Radiant Roofing today. Give us a call at 855-972-7663 for our roof and gutter services.

Related Links

Gutters and Downspouts – Building America Solution Center