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How do I clear a blockage in my guttering downpipe?

Do I need to dismantle the whole guttering system. It doesn't come apart in pieces easily. Any time saving ideas for a DIY novice (and a pretty hopeless one at that!). Thank you in advance!

Asked By: Modern Man - 7/3/2007
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If your downpipe is already blocked, however, then you will need drainage rods to push through the blockage from above... More
Answered By: Steve F - 7/3/2007
Additional Answers (9)
try caustic soda - alwaya works for me!
Answered By: Sophia - 7/3/2007
 
Hi Tony GELBI is really the solution to your problem. GET A LITTLE BLOKE IN I would suggest getting a professional as it costs a whole lot more to replace than to clean.
Answered By: skydiver6000 - 7/3/2007
 
You can purchase a gadget that unblocks drains and downpipes from your local hardware, it's attached to a drill and fed into the downpipe spinning a tiny blade that cuts through the gunk in the pipe in no time. I think it requires a garden hose running into the downpipe whilst you use it! But it works ok. Have a good... More
Answered By: wheeliebin - 7/3/2007
 
If its plastic, you can cut a rodding eye in. Would be best to cut through at bottom, then say 6ft up. Slide 'muff coupling' right over one end, Clear your downpipe while its all open. Insert your rodding eye, then you will need to shorten your pipe a little to rejoint, by sliding the muff coupling over.
Answered By: johncob - 7/3/2007
 
Hmmmm! Well I get this problem quite a lot as my house is surrounded by trees... More
Answered By: Chariotmender - 7/3/2007
 
try a healthy dose of fruit and veg. works for me very time. you need a MASSIVE amount to get that blockage shifted, however.
Answered By: chavmassacre - 7/3/2007
 
Gently tap the downpipe all the way from bottom to top after filling it with water you probably have a bird nest down there so make sure it won't clear the pipe and enter your waste pipes. Or find where the blockage is and with a fine toothed saw cut the pipe off. Use a pipe connector to effect a repair, You did think... More
Answered By: arethusa_lad - 7/3/2007
 
try some laxatives and stick your hand up it
Answered By: ZionistDream - 7/4/2007
 
feed your hosepipe up from the bottom with the water switched on
Answered By: john - 7/4/2007
 
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