If you notice that water is not coming out of the bottom of a drain spout that is connected to your home, there is a chance that there could be a clog keeping water from coming down the drain. One common issue is that the gutter is clogged because the drain spout strainer needs to be cleaned. The following guide walks you through the quick and easy process of cleaning out a drain spout strainer.
Gather the Right Supplies
The first thing you need to do is gather the supplies you'll need to clean out the strainer. You need to get a ladder to climb to reach the strainer, gloves to remove stuck objects from the gutter and strainer, and a screwdriver in case something is wedged in the elbow of the drain spout.
Position Your Ladder
You want to position your ladder so that the legs are flat on the ground and the ladder does not rock back and forth. Lean it against the side of your gutter and climb up a few rails of the ladder to make sure that it is secure before climbing to the top of it. If you notice that the ladder is wobbly, climb back down and reposition it until it is no longer wobbly.
Remove Any Debris
Put on the gloves and climb up the ladder. Remove any debris that you see located in the gutter near the drain spout and throw it down to the ground. Once all debris near the drain spout has been removed, pull the strainer that is in the drain spout up from the spout. Carefully pull any stuck items from the strainer until it is completely clear.
Check the Drain Spout
Pull a hose up to the gutter and put the nozzle into the drain spout. Have someone turn on the water and let you know if they see water coming out of the bottom of the spout. If no water is coming out of the spout, there is a clog directly in the spout. This can happen when the strainer becomes overly clogged and debris is pushed down the spout.
Clear the Spout
To clear the spout, use a screwdriver to remove the screws at the elbow of the spout and carefully pull it from the drain spout. You should then be able to stick your fingers in the elbow and remove whatever debris is clogging the spout. Replace the elbow and tighten the screws to secure it into place.
Once you have retightened the screws, replace the strainer in the top of the drain spout to keep the spout from clogging again. Be sure to clean the strainer after every few rain storms to keep the strainer from becoming clogged.
If you find that your gutter still isn't draining properly after cleaning the clog, you might have to have new gutters installed with the help of a company, like Unique Gutters & Exteriors gutters.