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My gutters keep overflowing when it rains

John Conlin / 20 February 2018

A reader's gutter always overflows when it rains, but a cemented in down pipe makes it hard to find a blockage.

Overflowing gutter
A reader's gutters are overflowing when it rains


My gutters keep overflowing during heavy rain although I clear them regularly. I now find that the water isn’t going down the pipes, but I don’t know if they are blocked or whether the soakaway is full because the pipes are cemented in at their lower ends. Have you a solution?


The trend to do away with open-ended pipes discharging into gullies does cause problems.

You might consider cutting a 10cm (4in) section of pipe out near the base, clearing any blockage then fitting a plastic hopper head to the lower section of pipe with the upper section discharging open ended into it so that, in future, you can clear any debris that comes down the pipe. It would also be worth fitting gutter mesh.

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