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Question DetailsAsked on 5/18/2017

Can a snake be used vertically in a pipe

my roof is 30' high and the gutter is very narrow. Instead of climbing a ladder each time can I use a snake from a lower level and clean out the pipe from below

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If you mean the downspout, sure - though make sure the snake does not have a protruding wire end which can catch in the joints if a metal downspout and require some downspout disassembly to get it free.

The way I do it if downspout is clogged - commonly (might have to remove a bottom 45 or 90 fitting to get it in smoothly) you can run a stiffish / cold hose up the downspout with a jet nozzle on it to jet it out. Or use a rag as a gasket to make a tight fit, then stick a leaf blower in the bottom of the downspout - works terrifically when leaves are relatively dry even without the rag, throws clumps of wet debris around if not dry but still works when wet but may need rag to build up enough pressure to blast the blockage out. Higher powered shop vacs on blow mode will also work.

If you mean the GUTTER needs cleaning, then a snake will not do anything about that - can't go up the downspout and then horizontally along the gutter, plus even if it could would still need water to move the debris to the downspout. 30 feet is too high to readily use a gooseneck PVC pipe washing device (tops out at about 20' for convenient use using 3/4" PVC pipe) - though I guess you could try some 2" ABS or 3/4-1"aluminum pipe with threaded fittings and see if that is stiff enough to work. Here is what a gooseneck gutter washer looks like - available commercially to about 12' long that I have seen and can also home-build.

But if you can get on the roof you can use hose with jet nozzle or leafblower (though again latter gets a bit of wet debris on the house) from the roof, aimed down into the gutter and moving from one end to the other. Cleaner and faster than working from a ladder, plus only requires one ladder setup location. Of course, only walk on roof where it is safe to do so,not too steep, and where roofing material will not be damaged - like don't do it on clay tiles.

Or if can't or don't want to get on roof, use a jet nozzle like this from the ladder - can (with normal 30-50 psi household water pressure) shoot leaves and smallish twigs along the gutter about 20 feet away, so reduces number of ladder settings at least:

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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