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How can i clear clogged hoppers/downpipes?

I live in a three-storey townhouse and cannot reach the hoppers, which regularly overflow whenever it rains. The hoppers were two frozen ice blocks with the snow this past week. We clear the hoppers/downpipes from below using a set of drainpipe clearers, but the hoppers clog up the next day.

2 Answers from MyBuilder Roofers

You need to find out what is blocking the hoppers then prevent it from happening again. Find a reputable builder off this site to get up to the gutter by hoist , scaffold or similar to carry out a permanent solution to the problem.


Answered 23rd Jan 2013

iam presuming the hoppers are caste iron in which case they may have broken at the rear where you cannot see or it could be a broken or blocked drainpipe,or a lot of debris in the guttering which continue to cause this problem, if you live in an area with a lot of trees it could be leaves,without being able to see the problem it is not possible to give a solution.
post it in the roofing section of the site and get a local roofer round to check the problem/solution/cost.
good luck alex


Answered 23rd Jan 2013

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