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Repairing & Maintaining Gutters Instructions

  • Repairing Gutters

    Gutters are an important part of your home’s weatherproofing system and works hand in hand with the roof to remove and direct water away from your home. Don’t make the same mistake as many homeowners, and neglect your gutters. Your gutters prevent rain from running from your roof and falling too close to your house, which could damage your foundation, cause your basement to become wet, stain the siding, and ice the sidewalks in the wintertime. The level of maintenance that your house needs depends on the type of gutters you have. Galvanized steel gutters, although the least expensive, also require the most attention and maintenance. Aluminum and vinyl gutters offer the most maintenance-free solution as they are both durable from knocks and resistant to corrosion.

  • Overview

    There are several maintenance steps that you will need to consider as you take a walk around your home and assess any gutter damage. Your downspout may be leaking or damaged after the winter’s freezing and thawing cycles and needs to be resealed or repaired. Or sections of the gutter along the roofline might show signs of rust which must be removed and patched. Alternately, you may need to replace sections of your gutter system if large holes are present or damage from falling debris is severe.

  • Check for Leaks

    First of all, take care to place your ladder carefully so that you do not damage your gutters. Place your ladder either below the roofline or rest it on the roof with a roof attachment for your ladder. You will sometimes find that the downspout joints loosen over time and lose their ability to be watertight. Spray some water down the downspout to check for its water tightness. If you notice that water comes through the joints or that there is other damage to the downspout, remove the screws holding the joint together or the retaining hardware depending on how your downspout is attached.

  • Clean, Replace & Re-attach

    Pull apart the pieces in the joint and use your wire brush to remove any existing caulk on all surfaces of the downspout joint. Inspect the hardware to be sure that the hardware is not in such condition that it is not reusable. Your downspout might be dented so that it cannot be used again. Also be sure that you check your retaining hardware is not rusted as rusted hardware could come loose or stain your siding. It is a good idea to replace any pieces that are rusted or that cannot be reused. Apply caulk to the outside of the make piece of the joint, near the end, and re-attach the downspout to the gutter. Secure the joint with screws and re-attach the retaining hardware. This will keep the downspout from coming apart and keep it from falling away from your house.

  • Leaks at Joints

    If you find a leak at the joint, and there is no apparent damage such as rust or dents, your sealant has probably dried to the extent that cracks have formed, causing the joint to leak. Try to scrape away as much of the old caulk sealant that is visible. Then, simply apply fresh joint caulk, such as silicone sealer, to waterproof the joint.

  • Fixing Rusted Gutter Sections

    If you find a leak that is not at a joint, you probably have rust in your gutter, which is allowing water to drip through. You can temporarily patch this problem, but keep in mind that the section will most likely need to be replaced within a couple years. To patch the rusted area, first clean the rust away using your wire brush and water. Be sure that you brush away all the rust so that you minimize the possibility that the rust will spread to other areas. After the area is clean and no rust is evident, use your putty knife to spread roofing cement onto the area and the surrounding areas. Try to keep the patch as flat as possible so that water will run down your gutter as it should. If your rusted area is very large or you want to make a more permanent fix, you should replace the entire gutter section or cut out the damaged section and replace it.

  • Replacing Damaged Gutter Sections

    Sometimes you will have to remove and replace sections of your gutter system that have been damaged by rust or falling debris such as tree branches or ice. Before replacing sections of gutter that are sagging, be sure that it is your gutter, and not the gutter support, which has failed. If your gutter is fine, but the roofline which is damaged, you will have to fix that first. You should first remove any retaining hardware from the section of gutter that you need to replace. To do this, remove the screws and connectors from the gutter. You will need to cut the bad section of gutter out with a hacksaw. To keep your gutter in good shape while you are cutting and prevent the gutter from twisting as you cut it, place a 4x4 block of wood in the gutter to help maintain the shape of the gutter while cutting. From your new gutter material, cut out a gutter section to replace the piece you have cut out. Cut the replacement section about 2” longer than the section that is being replaced to allow for some overlap. Apply roofing cement from a can with a putty knife, or from a caulk gun and place the new section into place so that it overlaps about an inch on each side. Drill holes appropriate to your rivets into the overlapping sections of the gutter, and securely fasten the sections together with rivets. Then, replace any retaining hardware that you originally removed, so that the gutter stays in place.

 

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