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Outdoor Plumbing and Gutter Tips

Spring can often bring showers which is why clearing out any dead leaves, twigs or other debris from your gutters is so important. Cleaning your home’s gutters and downspouts will ensure that all that rain will be directed away from your home. Use your hose to rinse away any remaining dirt or mud. Aim your water sprayer toward each downspout to clear off debris while directing water away from your home’s foundation.

Here are a few simple tips to keep your outdoor plumbing, gutters and drains working at peak performance all year long:

Clear out leaves and debris

Clear away leaves and debris with your hands or a small tool, like a trowel. The job can sometimes get dirty, so remember to wear gloves. Addressing any roof debris will also help keep new leaves from accumulating into your gutters and potentially blocking water flow. Always remember to clean your gutters and downspouts before the rainy season.

Using a high-powered hose

High - powered hoses can often do most of the cleaning for you. The heavy water pressure can clean out the interiors and exteriors of your gutters in no time. You can test your downspouts to ensure that they are working properly by aiming the jet of water down each downspout. It is important to make sure that the water pressure is not set too high as it could potentially crack or dismantle some lightweight plastic gutters.

Check your downspout drain

Check all of the downspout drains around your home to ensure that nothing is lodged in them. All of the drains should be set up, directing rainfall away from your home's foundation - a key step to help avoid flooding.

Call a Roto-Rooter plumbing professional

Often times, it is best to call in the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter. We can address your downspout issues and get them working again in no time. Your local Roto-Rooter plumbing expert can perform all of your routine outdoor plumbing maintenance promptly, all while at an affordable price.

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