Gutter Extensions

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by polerpoker, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. polerpoker

    polerpoker LawnSite Member
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    I have a customer with 75' 4" gutter extensions that are stopped up, any suggestions for cleaning them out? What if I took the wand off my pressure washer and put the hose in there while its running? or a sewer snake with a spade bit??
    Any help would be great.
     
  2. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
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    what is a gutter extention? are you talking about the underground pip that downspouts sometimes empty into?
     
  3. polerpoker

    polerpoker LawnSite Member
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    Yes, 4" corrugated pipe.
     
  4. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
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    is the end of the pipe, the side opposite from the downspout, open? Or is it buried underground somewhere?
     
  5. polerpoker

    polerpoker LawnSite Member
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    Both ends are exposed, not sure where the blockage is, assuming its toward the gutters, maybe leaves and sticks in there.
     
  6. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    might be an animal that taking sticks into the hole. I'm assuming the pipe isn't slotted, b/c if it is and there isn't a sock over it, it might be clogged with sand and soil. So assuming its a solid corrugated pipe your best best is either a high pressured hose, or a drain snake.

    once its cleaned out, try putting a grate on one end, and one of these on the downspout end:
    http://www.bicwarehouse.com/downspout-adapter-464aa.html
     
  7. cudaclan

    cudaclan LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5
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    Use a plumber's snake.
     
  8. mtg97

    mtg97 LawnSite Member
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    if the blockage is 5 or more feet away your pressure hose most likely wont reach the clog snake it
     
  9. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    I know atleast on my pressure washer when you take the wand off you loose quite a bit of pressure. Why not stick your Backpack tube down there and open the throttle. Its worked for me.
     

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