We often receive questions regarding the use of wire outlet strainers in gutters.
Wire outlet strainers have been used for many years as a way of keeping downspouts and downspout elbows clear of debris.
What is a wire outlet strainer and why use one? A wire outlet strainer is a device typically made of a heavy duty wire. The strainer is placed inside the outlet tube that connects the gutter to the downspout of your house gutter system. Wire outlet strainers prevent leaves and other debris from clogging downspouts and underground drainage.
Most hardware stores and home improvement centers sell wire outlet strainers at a very low cost.
Before installing a wire outlet strainer to your downspout outlet, the removal of the downspout and connected elbows may be necessary in order make sure there are no obstructions of leaves or debris.
A wire outlet strainer is very easy to install by simply placing the strainer inside the outlet tube that connects the gutter to the downspout. This requires no fasteners or tools for the installation.
Most often, wire outlet strainers come in either 3″ or 4″ diameter depending on the size of the outlet tube.
The use of wire outlet strainers can help to keep the downspout of the gutter clear of leaves and debris. The home gutter system should still be cleaned at yearly, many homes require two times a year if there are trees in close proximity to the home.
Only the use of a good quality leaf guard system will replace yearly gutter cleaning.