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    Default standing water in gutter

    Hi,

    My guttering has a 2.5m section between two internal corners where water collects about 10mm deep. It’s well above safe ladder height so adjusting the falls in the guttering isn’t an option. In fact, even if it weren’t too high I doubt that I could make the falls work. The water is a problem because it allows grass to grow in that section of gutter. Clearing the grass out of the gutter is not an easy job either, so I’d really like to solve the water problem.

    I thought about drilling a small hole in the guttering at the lowest point to allow the water to drain out slowly. I don’t mind water leaking out of the hole as it’s over the garden anyway. Is this a reasonable option? If so, how small a hole would I get away with and still avoid it blocking up with gunk? If not, are there any other solutions?

    Cheers,
    Jack

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    I had this same problem, I drilled a hole, however it kept getting clogged with rubbish.

    To solve this i poked an old bike spoke down the hole (so it was sticking down out of my gutter). the drips then followed the spoke. I could bend it so the were directed away from the house and dripped down below.

    Whenever it clogs up (as everything does) I simply give the spoke a little wiggle and it clears the hole.

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    Thanks Mate, I'll give that a try. How big a hole did you drill?

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    I think it was about 4 mm. - BIg enough to get the spoke down the hole with clearance all the way around, however no chance of the head of the spoke pulling through.

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    thanks again

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