How to unblock downpipes

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 09 September 2020

A blocked downpipe or gutter can cause damage to your home if left unmaintained. Learn how to clean and unblock downpipes and gutters with RACV's Handy Andy.

Ready to give this tip a go? Find all the tools you’ll need and step-by-step guide for gutter and downpipe cleaning below the video. 

How to unblock a downpipe with a hose

RACV's Handy Andy has put together an easy guide below to show you how to unblock downpipes and prevent water overflow from your gutters.

 
  1. Locate downpipe
  2. Position ladder on solid ground
  3. Look for and clean any debris along the gutter and at the top of the downpipe
  4. Place the hose into the downpipe – take the end off the hose first
  5. Wash away any remaining debris
 
  • Sturdy ladder
  • Bucket – for any leaves and debris
 
  • Safety gloves
  • Hose