Part of your home’s regular maintenance is caring for your gutters and making sure that they’re working properly. It’s a periodic task that everyone has to do, and it’s not hard to understand why. Clogged gutters can pose a problem to your home in many ways, from allowing too much water near your home’s foundation to putting your soffits and fascia boards at risk of water damage to potential ice dams on your roof. The great news is that there’s an easy way to ensure that your gutters don’t get full of debris. Simply schedule a regular gutter service with Iron Horse Gutter Works if you don’t have the time or the inclination to do it yourself. Alternatively, get a type of gutter that resists getting clogged, like our Leaflock gutters.

The Often-Overlooked Gutter Maintenance Task: Gutter Drains

However, gutter maintenance goes beyond merely pulling all the leaves, pine needles, and other debris out of your gutters. There’s one place that many people often overlook, and that’s the gutter drain. The gutter drain is the part of your gutter system that routes the water from your gutter’s drain pipes underground.

There are several different types of gutter drains, but the most common one is a simple runoff drain. Do you have a black corrugated pipe that extends underground from the bottom of your downspout? That’s your gutter drain. You may have never thought about this drain or what you need to do with it, but it needs attention from time to time, too.

Where Does the Water In Your Gutter Drains Go?

When rainwater falls on your roof, it flows into your gutters. From there, it runs into the downspouts and gets funneled into your gutter drains. If your gutter drain was installed by our Syracuse gutter company, you’ll have a 10-foot length of pipe underground that works to divert the water further away from the foundation of your home. This is known as a standard runoff drain, and the exit point of the pipe may be visible above ground or it may end in a french drain or some other solution to capture that water.

However, if your gutter drain pipe gets clogged, it won’t be able to do its job. Water may start backing up in the pipe, causing rainfall to overflow, most likely at the connection where your downspout meets the corrugated black pipe.

What Do You Do With A Clogged Gutter Pipe?

The best and most effective way to clean your underground drain pipe is with a plumber’s auger or snake. To insert the snake into the pipe, pull the black corrugated pipe off the end of your downspout. Then feed the auger into the drain pipe until you encounter an obstruction. Reverse the snake to pull the blockage up out of the pipe and repeat if necessary.


Not sure about cleaning out your gutter drains yourself? Your friendly local gutter experts would be happy to do all of your gutter maintenance tasks for you, including this one. We can also conduct a drainage flow assessment to ensure that water is draining correctly on your whole property.

Contact us today for gutter service in Syracuse.